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Basket Of Light (1969)

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  1. Light Flight (Pentangle) - 3:17
  2. Once I Had a Sweetheart (Traditional) - 4:41
  3. Springtime Promises (Pentangle) - 4:07
  4. Lyke Wake Dirge (Traditional) - 3:34
  5. Train Song (Pentangle) - 4:45
  6. Hunting Song (Pentangle) - 6:44
  7. Sally Go Round the Roses (Sanders / Spector) - 3:38
  8. The Cuckoo (Traditional) - 4:28
  9. House Carpenter (Traditional) - 5:28

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1. Light Flight

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Let's get away, you say, find a better place,
Miles and miles away from the city's race,
Look around for someone lying in the sunshine
Marking time, hear the sighs, close your eyes...

Ba - da - pa do da da - ba - pa do da da...

Stepping from cloud to cloud passing in their flight
Visit the frosty stars in the backwash light
Star becomes a vision, never mind the meaning,
Hidden there, moving fast, it won't last...

Time passes all too soon, how it rushes by,
Now a thousand moons are about to die
No time to reflect on what the time was spent on,
Nothing left, far away, dreamers fade

Ba - da - pa do da da - ba - pa do da da...

Strange visions pass me by, winging softly thru the sky
Over the water, oooohh 

Swirling, the waters rise up above my head.
Gone are the curling mists how they all have fled.
Look, the door is open, step into the space
Provided there

Da do da, - da, do da ....

 

2. Once I Had a Sweetheart

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Once I had a sweetheart and now I have none;
Once I had a sweetheart and now I have none;
He's gone and left me;
He's gone and left me;
Gone and left me in sorrow to mourn.

Last night in sweet slumber I dreamed I did see;
Last night in sweet slumber I dreamed I did see;
My own darling jewel sat smiling by me
My own darling jewel sat smiling by me

But when I awakened I found it not so;
But when I awakened I found it not so;
My eyes like some fountain with tears overflowed;
Eyes like some fountain with tears overflowed.

I'll venture through England, through France and through Spain
I'll venture through England, through France and through Spain
My life I'll venture on watery main
My life I'll venture on watery main

I'll set sail of silver and steer toward the sun
I'll set sail of silver and steer toward the sun
And my false love will weep, my false love will weep
False love will weep for me after I'm gone

After I'm gone, After I'm gone, After I'm gone...

 

3. Springtime Promises

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Summertime is with us once again
Flowers blooming everywhere again
And the cold days of winter are behind us now
And the springtime promises all come true

Trees and grass and bushes green again
The sky's so blue, I don't remember when
The cold days of winter took the sun away
But the spring time promises all came true
It's summertime now so please don't throw it away

Winter world will be with us once again
Flowers dying everywhere again
And the warm days of summer will they far behind
And the springtime promises soon forgot

Grass and bushes withered, and the trees are bare
Dark and cloudy skies and people in despair
And the warm days of summer seem so far away
And the springtime promises still forgot
It's wintertime so you've got to wait a while
For the spring time promises to come true

Now the new born year has come once more
Gentle showers are with us as before
It's the time when all promises are now made true
And the springtime sun returns anew

Someday all will turn to green again
Flowers will burst of seeds to bloom again
The warm days of springtime tell us all is past
Can you feel your promises will be true
It's springtime now, be happy again

 

4. The Lyke Wake Dirge

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This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
And Christe receive thy saule.

When thou from hence away art past,

Every nighte and alle,
To Whinny-muir thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gavest hosen and shoon,
Every nighte and alle,
Sit thee down and put them on;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If hosen and shoon thou ne'er gav'st nane
Every nighte and alle,
The whinnes sall prick thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Whinny-muir when thou may'st pass,
Every nighte and alle,
To Brig o' Dread thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

From Brig o' Dread when thou may'st pass,
Every nighte and alle,
To Purgatory fire thou com'st at last;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If ever thou gavest meat or drink,
Every nighte and alle,
The fire sall never make thee shrink;
And Christe receive thy saule.

If meat or drink thou ne'er gav'st nane,
Every nighte and alle,
The fire will burn thee to the bare bane;
And Christe receive thy saule.

This ae nighte, this ae nighte,
Every nighte and alle,
Fire and fleet and candle-lighte,
And Christe receive thy saule.

Traduzione in inglese moderno (Doug Johnson)

This night, this night,
-- Every and all nights
Fire and flame and candle light
And Christ receive your soul

When you are past here
-- Every and all nights
To Whinny Moor you'll come at last
And Christ receive your soul

If ever you gave socks or shoes
-- Every and all nights
Sit yourself down and put them on
And Christ receive your soul

But if socks and shoes you gave no one
-- Every and all nights

And Christ receive your soul

When (if) you have passed Whinney Moor
-- Every and all nights
To the Bridge of Dread you'll come at last
And Christ receive your soul

When (if) you have passed the Bridge of Dread
-- Every and all nights
To the flames of Purgatory you'll come at last
And Christ receive your soul

If you ever gave food or drink
-- Every and all nights
The fire will never affect you
And Christ receive your soul

If you never gave food or drink
-- Every and all nights
The fire will burn you to the bone
And Christ receive your soul

This night, this night
-- Every and all nights
Fire and flame and candle light
And Christ receive your soul

 

5. Train Song

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Fare thee well, little lady
Trains are carrying me
One and a two, three and a four thousand miles
Miles from you

Thought I tried my best
To be your man
Can't you see, can't you feel that burning into my soul?
Don't you understand?

Love is a basket of light
Grasping so tight
Shining bright just ain't right to be caught in the night
Caught in the basket of light

 

6. Hunting Song

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As I did travel all on a journey
Over the wayside and under a dark moon
Hanging above a mountain

I spied a young man riding a fine horse
Chasing a white hart and all through the woodland
Head of a hunting party

And there followed after ten kings and queens
Laughing and joking, the white hart they'd seen
Bloodied running into the bushes

I plume to his helmet, a quiver and a bow
There's nowhere to run now, there's no place to go
The hunt is cast and ready

Still farther I journeyed through the hills and the valleys
Until upon the verge of despair I sat and rested
And there did pass a princely knight poursuite [pursued] by a lady
And this she did say:

"Oh may I ask you kind sir where you are going?
And pray tell unto me sir why you do hurry
Strange that I should meet you here, come sit by me".

"I have here a magic horn to deliver
And one drop from this silver and gold horn I hold, sir
Shall prove all to be false, lovers beware!"

"The gift that you bear for your brother the king
I gladly would carry to the banquet this even'
What fair sport this would be for the maidens at court."

Wearily I crossed the stream to the castle
Where I found shelter from the cold wintry wind
And food did I have and plenty
But the Lord and Lady seemed so sad
For these words they did say unto each other:

"My good lord, all off to war in thy armor
Leaving me here alone to weep and to worry
Take care lest misadventure
Shall overcome thy kindly heart
My good lord, all off to war in thy armor."

"My lady, you have no need for to worry
I'll return victorious and true unto thee
Take care, lest misadventure
Shall stain your heart and lead to woe
My fair lady you have no need for to worry."

. . . la la la . . .

While underneath the spreading oak a knight with white device
Upon a shield of black, and deep in grief and sorrow sings
His unrequited love

"Young noblewoman riding by, pray tell me have you seen
Queen Azelda the fairest maid, in company she rides
For I swear to have revenge."

A thousand days have come and passed, the Lord returns this night
The victor from the bloody wars proven his fearsome might
As ever he would claim

But fate has played its wanton game, the circle come full turn
The magic horn has done its work, cried "Falseness is found out!"
The sorrowed quest is over.

 

7. Sally, Go 'Round The Roses

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Sally go round the roses (sally go round the roses)
Sally go round the roses (sally go round the pretty roses)
Hope this place can't hurt you (hope this place can't hurt you)
Roses they can't hurt you (roses they can't hurt you)

Sally don't you go, don't you go downtown
Sally don't you go-o, don't you go downtown
Saddest thing in the whole wide world
Is see your baby with another girl

Sally go round, oh Sally don't you go
Sally don't you go, Don't you go downtown
Oh, don't you go downtown
Saddest thing in the whole wide world
See your baby with another girl

Sally go round the roses (Sally go round the roses)
Sally go round the roses (Sally go round the pretty roses)
They won't tell your secret (they won't tell your secret)
They won't tell your secret, Oh no won't tell your secret

Sally baby cry, let your hair hang down
Sally baby cry, let your hair hang down
Sit and cry with the door closed
Sit and cry so no one knows

Sally baby cry, let your hair hang down
Sally baby cry, let your hair hang down
Saddest thing in the whole wide world
See your baby with another girl

Sally go round the roses (Sally go round the roses)
Sally go round the roses (Sally go round the pretty roses)
Sally go round the roses (Sally go round the pretty roses)

 

8. The Cuckoo

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The Cuckoo is a pretty bird, she sings as she flies.
She bringeth good tidings, she telleth no lies
She sucketh white flowers for to keep her voice clear
And she never sings "cuckoo" till summer draweth near

As I once was a-walking and talking one day
I met my own true love as he came that way
Though the meeting him was pleasure, though the courting was woe
For I've found him false hearted, he'd kiss me, and then he'd go.

I wish I was a scholar and could handle the pen.
I'd write to my lover and to all roving men
I would tell them of the grief and woe that attend on their lies
I would wish them have pity on the flower, when it dies

 

9. House Carpenter

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Well I once could have married the king's third son
And a fine young man was he
But now I'm married to a house carpenter
And a nice young man is he

"When will you forsake your house carpenter
And a-go along with a me
I will take you to where the grass grows green
On the banks of the River Dee."

But will you have to maintain me a bound
To keep me in slavery?".
"Well I have seven ships
They will soon be at land
And they at your command shall be."

She took her two babes by the hand
And gave them kisses three
"Sit still at home you darling little babes,
Keep your father sweet company."

Now she dressed herself in her very best
Like a high-born lady was she
She shimmered and she shivered3 and she proudly stepped
As they walked by the banks of the sea

Well she hadn't been gone but a short, short time
Until she wept for sor'
"I would give all the gold in this round world
Just to see my babes once more."

Well if you had all the gold and the silver too
That ever did cross the sea
You never would be at land anymore
And your babes you will never more see

Well they hadn't been sailing but a short, short time
About two weeks, three or four
When the ship sprang a leak and they were doomed
And they were far away from the shore

"I see bright hills of Heaven my dear
Where angels come and go
I see bright hills, that's Hell my dear
Where you and I must go."

"Oh I wish I was back to my house carpenter
I'm sure he would treat me well
But here I am in the raging sea
And my soul is bound for Hell."

 

9. House Carpenter (Versione riportata nei canzonieri)

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Well I once could have married the King's third son
And a fine young man was he
But now I'm married to a house carpenter
And a noisy old man is he.

"Will you forsake your house carpenter
And a go along with a me
I will take you to where the grass grows green
On the bank of the river deep"

"But would you have to maintain me a bound
To keep me at in slavery?"
"Well I have seven ships
They will soon be at land
And they at your command shall be."

She took her two babes by the hand
And gave them kisses three
Said, "Stay at home you darling little babes,
Keep your father sweet company."

She dressed herself in her very best
Like a high born lady was she
She shivered and she shimmered and she proudly stepped
As they walked by the banks of the sea

Well she hadn't been gone but a short, short time
Until she wept for sor'
"I would give all the gold in this round world
Just to see my babes once more."

"Well if you had all the gold and the silver too
That ever did cross the sea
You never would be at land anymore
And your babes you will never more see"

They hadn't been sailing but a short, short time
About two weeks three or four
When the ship sprang a leak and they were doomed
And they were far away from the shore

"I see bright hills of heaven my dear
Where angels come and go
I see bright hills that tell my dear
Where you and I must go."

"I wish I was back to my house carpenter
I'm sure he would treat me well
But here I am in the raging sea
And my soul is bound for hell."

 

Note

 

 

Musicians Instrument
Terry Cox: Drums, Percussions
Bert Jansch: Guitar, Vocals
Jacqui McShee: Vocals
John Renbourn: Guitar, Sitar, Vocals
Danny Thompson: Bass

   

Sally Go Round the Roses 

 The Jaynetts, from The Bronx, NY, recorded one of the more discussed recordings of all time, the
mystical-sounding "Sally Go Round the Roses," which shot to number two on the pop charts in 1963 in USA.

The Jaynetts were a female R&B group from the Bronx. Formed by producer/composer J & S Records label owner Zelma "Zell" Sanders, the Jaynetts were really more a studio concoction than a group. In fact, the three women in the usual Jaynetts publicity photo may not even be the Jaynetts that recorded the song. There were at least five female vocalists on the date the song was recorded-- Johnnie Louise Richardson, Ethel Davis, Mary SueWells, Yvonne Bushnell, and Ada Ray.

Sally, Go 'Round The Roses was a number two song for the Jaynetts in 1963. Zell had this odd little number, "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses," when Tuff Record's producer-label executive Abner Spector came to town looking for some material; and a girl group. The meeting of Spector, the Jaynetts, and the mystifying lyrical ambiguity of Zell's "Sally" would culminate in the creation of a rock and roll classic

Johnnie Richardson recalled to one rock historian, "What happened was that Abner Spector was an electronics nut. He took the girls in the studio on a Friday, and they didn't get out of there until everybody was on the track. Anybody that came in the studio that week, he would put them on. Originally, I think he had about 20 voices on 'Sally.'" The cost of the project alone, Richardson figured was over $60,000 - an unheard of amount of money to spend on recording a pop single in 1961.

Zelma "Zell" Sanders was the mother of Johnnie Louise Richardson who was a touring member of the Jaynetts after she had been part of the singing duo of Johnnie & Joe. Johnnie suffered a stroke and died on 10-25-88.

Sally, Go 'Round The Roses was reprised by Grace Slick & the Great Society just prior to her joining the Jefferson Airplane.

Sally Go Round the Roses

Sally go 'round the roses. (Sally go 'round the roses.)
Sally go 'round the roses. (Sally go 'round the pretty roses.)
The roses, they can't hurt you. (No, the roses, they can't hurt you.)
The roses, they can't hurt you. (No, the roses, they can't hurt you.)

Sally don't cha go, don't cha go downtown.
Sally don't cha go, don't cha go downtown.
The saddest thing in the whole wide world is
To see your baby with another girl.

Sally go 'round the roses. (Sally go 'round the roses.)
Sally go 'round the roses. (Sally go 'round the pretty roses.)
They won't tell your secrets. (They won't tell your secrets.)
They won't tell your secrets. (No, the roses won't tell your secrets.)

Sally, baby, cry, let your hair hang down.
Sally, baby, cry, let your hair hang down.
Sit and cry where the roses grow, you can sit and cry, not a soul will know.

What about the songs cryptic interpretation?

"Sally, Go Round the Roses" is a timeless wonder of a song featuring an odd hypnotic rhythm and soft voices seductively rising and falling. The lyrics seem to portray Sally in an alluring bed of roses, catching an eyeful of her lover with another.

Another interpretation of this song is Sally a "closeted" lesbian who sees her "baby" also female with "another girl" which is the "saddest thing in the whole wide world" except perhaps being a lesbian in 1963. The roses "won't tell her secret" Of course her "secret" is her homosexuality and she has no one to confess it to, but the roses where she "can sit and cry, not a soul will know."

"Sally Go Round the Roses" very poignantly describes the way lesbians must have felt back in the early 60's when must of them felt that they had to hide their sexual orientation.

Another interoperation is the following. "Baby" to refer to a guy was typical of lots of girl-group recordings (e.g. "Be My Baby"). Sally had just lost her virginity to the guy and now he's with another girl.

Others think the song is about a religious experience, or possibly a mental breakdown.

It has been said "Sally, Go Round the Roses" was derived from English folk music. Others say it it was Black jump rope or Jacks playing rhyme.

(Information on this page taken from a discussion from rec.music.rock-pop-r+b.1960s)

Hunting Song

The song goes back probably to the legend of the miraculous horn, prepared by the fairy Morgana, the sister of King Arthur. The horn was able to detect whether a woman had committed adultery, because drinking it an adulteress could not drop the wine. The fairy Morgana had sent the horn to Camelot by one of his knights, to expose the Queen Guinevere, who was known as a relationship with the knight of the Round Table Lancelot. During the voyage, the horn was subtracted from Sir Lamarok, one of the knights of King Mark, and it drank his wife, Queen Isolde (who was known as a relationship with Tristan) and the other ladies of the court (very few of which passed the test).

 

In the original album the song is credited to the five Pentangle although being very similar to a traditional folk song.

 

In the text of this song and the next one, House Carpenter, they  are shown in italics the parts sung by Bert Jansch.

Trascrizioni

Tracks N. 2, 5, 6 transcribed by Doug Johnson. N.3 transcribed by Barbara Rezzonico

 

Copyright Information: Published 1969 Transatlantic Records Ltd. / Carlin Music: 1,3,4,5,6,8,9 / Mother Mistro: 2 / Copyright Control: 7

 

Pentangle Live

 
In 1970-71, the Pentangle were several times guests in BBC programs in which they presented their recent songs, particularly those of this album, Basket Of Light, their biggest hit. The video is very good as usual for BBC and from these videos we scanned a series of images of the five musicians, in addition to the few existing. The images are taken from executions of House Carpenter, Light Flight and Hunting Song.
 
Danny, Jacqui and John on sitar   Performing House Carpenter
Bert on banjo and second voice    
John playing sitar And on voice on Hunting Song  
The standard stage with Jacqui on the center   Jacqui McShee
Jacqui and Terry Terry Cox on Hunting Song  
Danny Thompson Performing Light Flight  
 

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