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Up in the Morning Early

[ Roud V12718 ; trad. / Robert Burns]

Olivia Chaney and Mairi Campbell with Alistair Roberts sang Up in the Morning Early on Concerto Caledonia's 2011 CD Revenge of the Folksingers. They noted:

As we were travelling one morning from Aldeburgh to Snape, Mairi looked out of the window at the snow on the fields and started to sing this; by our mid-morning tea break, the arrangement had taken shape.

The song appears as no. 140 in James Johnson's The Scots Musical Museum, Vol. 2 (1788); in his friend Robert Riddell's copy of the book, Robert Burns wrote “The chorus of this is old; the two stanzas are mine.”

Siobhan Miller sang Winter Fairly on her 2019 Winter EP At This Time of Year.

Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith sang Up in the Morning Early on their 2019 Winter album Awake, Arise. They noted:

A song of the wintery air, cold and raw, tormenting early risers.

A traditional chorus, collected by Robert Burns. The verses are his own. Set to the traditional air Cold and Raw.

Lyrics

Lady Maisery and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith sing Up in the Morning Early

Chorus (after each verse):
Up in the morning it's not for me
Up in the morning early
When all of the hills are covered with snow
I'm sure that it's winter fairly

Cold blows the wind from east to west
The drift is driving sairly
So loud and shrill I hear the blast
I'm sure that it’s winter fairly

The birds sit chattering in the thorn
All day they fare but sparely
And long's the night from evening to morn
I’m sure that it's winter fairly