:: Title :: Hey Lally Lally Lo (Hey Lolly Lolly Lo) (I)
:: Genre :: cowboy song, dance tune
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Lomax, Anna [vocal]
:: Setting :: 12 Cholmeley Park
:: Location :: Highgate, London (Greater London), London (England)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Anglo-American
:: Session :: Alan Lomax as performer II
:: Date :: 1955
:: Reference Information :: T1038.0, Track 5 (00:02:40)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - These are candid recordings by Alan Lomax made of himself and Shirley Collins at his home in London circa 1955. Anna Lomax and Elizabeth Lomax are also briefly heard on these recordings.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Anna Lomax cheers as the song ends.
0 - The verse form of "Hey Lally [Lolly], Lolly, Lolly" invites improvisation. Alan sings it as a love song: Beginning slowly -- "My heart will keep your secret, my mouth will never talk about it ?" he accelerates to exhuberant dance mode: "Heist your window and raise 'em higher / Sun gone down and the moon's on fire, / Hey, Lally, Lally, Lally / Hey, Lally Lo." At the close he repeats the opening: "My heart will keep your secret, / My mouth won't talk about you." His young daughter is heard cheering him on at the end of the track.
:: Collection :: Miscellaneous Recordings 1950-1990

 

 

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