DENISE DECLARE and ARTHUR JAY (Baritone)
The Twelve Days of Christmas Whistle, Daughter, Whistle Jan's Courtship
I'm Seventeen Come Sunday
EVERYONE knows the type of song in which. in every verse, something is added, so that the last verse is a regular catalogue of articles. The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of these ' cumulative ' songs. It has in its full form twenty-three verses, starting with ' On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me twelve bells a-ringing,' and going down through eleven, ten, nine, and so on to the first day ; then the gear is reversed, end we travel back again to the twelfth day. A shorter plan is to begin at the first day, journey to the twelfth, and stop there.
Whistle, Daughter is an old ' modal' tune, set to words that for once show up the harsher side of country life, which folk songs, being the natural free speech of the peasant, occasionany emphasize. Jt is a dialogue between a daughter who wants to be wed, and a mother who tries to put her off with offers of a sheep and a cow.
I'm Seventeen Come Sunday is one of the favourites among folk-tunes. Burns re-wrote its words to a traditional Scots tune, which he himself took down from a country singer.
DOROTHY HOGBEN (Pianoforte)