O! MOLLY DEAR GO ASK YOUR MOTHER

Latest update on 01/03/2014

Artist: Kelly Harrell
Author: traditional
Label: Victor
Year: 1926

With Frank Hutchinson. Appalachian folk. Same tune as in (Poor) Wayfaring Stranger (see there) and Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies. Cecil Sharp collected a version as Awake Awake with Mary Sands in North Carolina in 1916. Her family emigrated to the new world coming from the border region between England and Scotland.

Covers:

1927:

B.F. Shelton [as Oh Molly Dear]

1930:

Oaks Family [as Wake Up You Drowsy Sleepers]

1934:

Callahan Brothers [as Katie Dear (Silver Dagger); learned it from their mother]

1938:

Blue Sky Boys [as Katie Dear; Hillbilly brothers from East Hickory, North Carolina; role model for the Louvin's and the Everly's]

1956:

Louvin Brothers [idem]

1959:

Dave Van Ronk [as Silver Dagger (see footnote)]

1960:

New Christy Minstrels [as Julianne]

1963:

Dillard Chandler [as Awake Awake]

1964:

Mike Seeger [as Oh Molly Dear]

1964:

Dave Van Ronk [on Inside Dave Van Ronk]

1965:

Ian & Sylvia [as Awake Ye Drowsy Sleepers]

1972:

Eagles [as Silver Dagger in live intro Take It Easy]

1986:

Delmore Brothers [as Kentucky Mountain]

1988:

Men They Couldn't Hang [as Silver Dagger]

2001:

Old Crow Medicine Show [as The Silver Dagger]

2002:

Chieftains [as Katie Dear; with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings]

2007:

Mary Lomax [as The Drowsy Sleeper]

O Molly Dear (or Katie Dear), Silver Dagger, Awake Awake and other Drowsy Sleepers share the same subject: impossible love turned bad. Joan Baez's Silver Dagger tells a similar story (apart from the suicide), while the melody stands on its own; covered by Bob Dylan ('64), Dolly Parton ('94) and Roger McGuinn ('05).

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