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I Live Not Where I Love

[ Roud 593 ; Ballad Index ChWI200 ; trad.]

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior recorded this Elizabethan madrigal in 1971 for their album Summer Solstice. They performed it live for the Steeleye Span BBC radio programme “Peel's Sunday Concert” on September 15, 1971. This programme was included as bonus CD on the 2006 reissue of Steeleye Span's third album, Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again.

Steeleye Span sang this song live on their 1982 Australian tour at the Royal Opera House in Adelaide with Tim Hart, Maddy Prior and Peter Knight singing. This recording was published on the Australian-only LP On Tour, and reissued in 1999 on the CD A Rare Collection 1972-1996. The latter version includes Maddy's introduction which didn't appear on the original On Tour album release.

Lea Nicholson sang I Live Not Where I Love in 1971 on his album Horsemusic.

Richard Digance played the tune I Live Not Where I Love on guitar in 1985 on Buttons & Bows Volume 2: A Further Celebration of British Tunes.

Ship of Fools (John Renbourn, Maggie Boyle, Steve Tilston and Tony Roberts) recorded I Live Not Where I Love in 1988 for their eponymous Run River album John Renbourn's Ship of Fools. This YouTube video shows them at the Thekla, Bristol on September 20, 1989:

Linda Thompson sang I Live Not Where I Love in 1987 on Simon Nicol's album Before Your Time; this track was included in 1996 on her anthology Dreams Fly Away: A History of Linda Thompson.

Jo Freya sang Though I Live Not Where I Love in 1992 on her album Traditional Songs of England.

Jon Boden sang I Live Not Where I Love as the August 16, 2010 entry of his project A Folk Song a Day.

Lyrics

Tim Hart & Maddy Prior sing I Live Not Where I Love

Come all ye maids that live at a distance
Many miles from off your swain
Come and assist me this very moment
For to pass away some time
Singing sweetly and completely
Songs of pleasure and of love
For my heart is with him all together
Though I live not where I love

When I sleep I dream about you
When I wake I find no rest
For every moment thinking of you
My heart e'er fixed in your breast
Although far distance may be assistance
From my mind his love to remove
Yet my heart is with him all together
Though I live not where I love

All the world shall be one religion
Living things shall cease to die
Before that I prove false to my jewel
Or any way my love deny
The world shall change and be most strange
If ever I my mind remove
For my heart is with him all together
Though I live not where I love

So farewell lads and farewell lasses
Now I think I've got my choice
I will away to yonder mountain
Where I think I hear his voice
And if he calls then I will follow
Through the world though it is so wide
For my heart is with him all together
Though I live not where I love

(repeat first verse)