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FolkCast 063 for July 2011
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FolkCast Theme Music: Fisherman's Priest by Ken Nicol
Your hosts is Phil Widdows

01:53 - 05:47

Run And Hide by Luke Jackson

05:47 - 09:22

The Boundary Stone by Reg Meuross

10:54 - 15:14

The Bold Fisherman by Hilary James

15:14 - 17:27

Three Drunken Sailors by George Wilson

17:27 - 21:50

Blood Red Roses by Chris Ricketts

24:42 - 29:08

Pied Flycatcher by Kate Doubleday

29:08 - 33:55

Long Lankin by The Hare And The Moon

34:33 - 47:57

The Story Behind The Song
The Bonnie Bunch Of Roses
How Napoleon II vowed in vain to recapture his father's fallen empire...

By the margin of the ocean,
One pleasant evening in the month of June,
When all those feathered songsters
Their pleasant notes did sweetly tune,
'Twas there I spied a female
Who seemed to be in grief or woe,
Conversing with young Bonaparte
Concerning the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O.

Then up spake young Napoleon
And took his mother by the hand,
Saying, "Mother dear, be patient
Until I'm able to take command.
I'll build a mighty army
And through tremendous danger go.
And I never will return again
Till I've conquered the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O.

"When first you saw great Bonaparte,
You knelt upon your bended knee
And asked your father's life of him
And he granted it most mournfully.
'Twas then he took his army
And o'er the frozen Alps did go;
Saying, "I never will return again
Until I've conquered the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O.

Marie Louise Empress Of France With Her Son Napoleon II King of Rome
Above, Marie Louise Empress Of France With Her Son, Napoleon II.
Below, Napoleon II as Duke of Reichstadt in Austrian military uniform
Napoleon II

"He took ten hundred thousand men
And kings likewise for to bear his train.
He was so well provided for
That he could sweep the world for gain.
But when he came to Moscow
He was o'erpowered by sleet and snow
And with Moscow all a-blazing,
He lost the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O."

"O, son, be not too venturesome,
For England has a heart of oak,
And England, Ireland, and Scotland,
Their unity has never been broke.
Remember your dear father;
In Saint Helena his body it lies low,
And if ever you follow after,
Beware of the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O."

"O mother, dearest mother,
Now I lie on my dying bed.
If I lived I might have been clever,
But now I rest my youthful head.
And when our bones lie mouldering
And weeping willows o'er us do grow,
The deeds of brave Napoleon
Will sting the Bonnie Bunch of Roses-O."

The story is told by Babba. The song is performed by Nic Jones

48:10 - 51:43

Never Buy The Sun by Billy Bragg

51:43 - 55:19

Soldier by Nigel Brown

55:19 - 01:01:18

When The Coffins Come Home by Thursday's Child

01:03:39 - 01:10:48

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The Fatfield Worm


01:12:56 to end

One For Me
Findlay Napier and The Bar Room Mountaineers

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