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Bright Morning Star

[ Roud 18268 ; Ballad Index Shel089 ; trad.]

The Young Tradition sang the Appalachian a cappella spiritual Bright Morning Star live at their farewell concert at Cecil Sharp House. A recording of this performance was included in 1970 on the Leader/Trailer compilation The Folk Trailer and in 1999 on the Peter Bellamy anthology Wake the Vaulted Echoes.

Martin Carthy is quoted very emphatically in the latter's booklet:

Bright Morning Star is NOT called Bright Morning Stars. Absolutely NOT. It IS called Bright Morning Star. English folkies have pluralised it.

Oysterband sang Bright Morning Star on their 2002 CD Rise Above. A live recording from The Forum, London, on December 12, 2003 was released in 2005 on their DVD The 25th Anniversary Concert.

Steeleye Span recorded Bright Morning Star in 2004 for their CD Winter.

The Melrose Quartet sang Bright Morning Star in 2013 on their CD Fifty Verses. They noted:

A simple and beautiful Appalachian spiritual, well known all over the place and a pleasure to sing!

Lyrics

The Young Tradition sing Bright Morning StarSteeleye Span sing Bright Morning Star

Bright morning star a-rising,
Bright morning star a-rising,
Bright morning star a-rising,
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Bright morning star a-rising,
Bright morning star a-rising,
Bright morning star a-rising,
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Oh, where are our dear fathers (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

It is shining on the shepherds (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Some are down in the valley praying (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Come see the wise men travelling (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Some are gone to heaven shouting (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

And hear the Angels singing (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Bright morning star a-rising (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul

Bright morning stars a-rising (3*)
Day is a-breaking in my soul