As I Roved Out
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These can be taken literally but they can also be taken as code for a sexual invitation. In highly religious, Catholic Ireland, it would have been unthinkable for a song to contain more explicit lyrics. Lassie, are you able?
Robert Plant presents Saving Grace featuring Suzi Dian
Seventeen Come Sunday", also known as "As I Roved Out", is an English folk song ( Roud 277, Laws O17) which was arranged by Percy Grainger for choir and brass accompaniment in 1912 and used in the first movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite in 1923. The words were first published between 1838 and 1845.  Moore loved the song and has performed it throughout his career, both with Planxty and as solo artist. Who are you me pretty fair maid? Maidens dreamOn January 23, 2020, lawyers representing a London company named Trolcharm Limited filed applications in Europe and the US to trademark “Saving Grace”. Incidentally, Moore often has a little fun with this line in live performances, changing it so it refers to whether the singer is up to the task of making love to the girl. In one version Moore sings: “I got up and pulled off me cap saying I hope to God I’m able.”
I Roved Out lyrics and chords - Irish Music Daily As I Roved Out lyrics and chords - Irish Music Daily
The Saving Grace filings are the only trademark applications ever filed by Trolcharm Limited or any other business used by Plant to run his solo career.
Who are you me pretty fair maid?
In other versions, Moore changes it so it’s the girl who is anxious about whether the singer will be up to the task as she says, “I hope to God you’re able”. When broken shells make Christmas bells The song ends with the soldier abandoning the girl the next morning. She asks him when will he return and marry her but he replies: “When broken shells make Christmas bells.” Robert Plant’s Saving Grace, the co-operative featuring Suzi Dian (vocals), Oli Jefferson (percussion), Tony Kelsey (mandolin, baritone, acoustic guitar), and Matt Worley (banjo, acoustic, baritone guitars, cuatro) have announced a tour in November 2023.