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Dark Fields 1997 [click for larger image]
Hands on Music HMCD03 1997

Released: 1997
 
Recorded: Airfield Studios, St Merryn, Cornwall
 
Hands on Music HMCD03
 
Producers: Show Of Hands and Gerard O’Farrell

Steve Knightley - Vocals, Guitar, Cuatro,
Mandocello, Concertina, Acoustic Bass,
Mandolin
 
Phil Beer - Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin,
Fiddle, Cuatro, Viola, Mandocello
 
Matt Clifford - Keyboards (tracks 1, 3, 5 and 7)
 
Chris While - Vocals (track 5)
 
Simon Care - Melodeon (track 4)
 
Joe (he's around somewhere) Partridge -
Percussion (track 7)
 
Lucy Watkins, Richard Hammond,
and Paul Banham - Vocals (tracks 3 and 7)
 
Kate Rusby - Vocals (track 12)
 
Chris Wood - Fiddle (track 12)
 
Andy Cutting - Melodeon (track 12)   

High Germany

Polly lovely Polly
The rout has now begun
And we must go marching
To the beating of the drum:
Dress yourself all in your best
And come along with me,
I'll take you to the cruel wars
In High Germany.

Oh My Darling Hero,
 mind what you say,
My feet they are so tender
I cannot march away,
And besides, my only true love,
I am with child by thee.
not fit for the cruel wars
In High Germany.

I'll buy you a horse, Love,
And on it you shall ride,
And you'll be my pride and joy
Riding by my side;
We'll call at ev'ry ale house,
And drink when we are dry,
Be true to one another,
We'll marry by and by.

O cursed were these cruel wars
That ever they should rise
And out of merry England
Press many a man likewise!
They took my true love from me,
Likewise my brothers three,
And sent them to the cruel wars
In High Germany.
 
Polly lovely Polly
The rout has now begun
And we must go marching
To the beating of the drum.....

1. Cousin Jack  5:09
 
2.  Longdog  2:45
 
3.  The Shout  4:00
 
4. Wessex Medley:
      Carrick Roads (Phil Beer) /
      Plum Pudding
     (Trad arr.   Steve Knightley/Phil Beer) /
      The Rocky Road to Chudleigh
      (Phil Beer) 3:40
 
5. Dark Fields  3:50
 
6. The Train  3:30
 
7. Flora
   (trad arr Steve Knightley/Phil Beer) 4:22
 
8. Crazy Boy  5:40 
 
9. The Warlike Lads of Russia
    (Trad arr. Nic Jones) 2:21
 
10. Farewell Angelina (Bob Dylan) 5:02
 
11. The Bristol Slaver  3:55
 
12. High Germany
     (trad arr Steve Knightley) /
      Molly Oxford
     (Trad arr. Chris Wood/Andy Cutting)
      6:24
 
13.  The Train (reprise)  9:27  

High Germany

There are two tunes of this name. This version was a broadside ballad and appears in A Collection of Choice Garlands (circa 1780). The other version is alternately titled The True Lovers: or the King's command must be obeyed.
 
England was involved in several wars on the continent. In 1702 England and The Netherlands declared war on France and Spain. England's involvement in the War of Spanish Succession lasted until 1711. In 1718 Britain entered into the Quadruple Alliance with France, the Netherlands, and the Holy Roman Emperor in opposition to Philip V of Spain. In 1725 Great Britain was again involved with war on the continent. One source dates this to the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). The Seven Years' War was fought between a coalition of Austria, France, Russia, Sweden and Saxony and Prussia (led by Frederick the Great). England allied with Prussia. The North American arena of the Seven Years' War is known as the French and Indian War.

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