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Must I Be Bound? / Deep in Love
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Shirley Collins sang Must I Go Bound? in 1964 on her Collector EP Shirley Sings Irish.
H.E.D. Hammond collected Must I Be Bound? in August 1905 from Jacob Baker of Bere Regis, Dorset [ VWML HAM/2/5/15 ] . Cyril Tawney sang this song in 1973 on his Argo album of traditional love songs from South West England, I Will Give My Love.
Jasper Smith sang this song as Down in the Meadow to Mike Yates near Epsom, Surrey, probably on 26 April 1975. This recording was included in 1979 on Yates' Topic anthology of songs, stories and tunes from English gypsies, Travellers, and in 1998 on the Topic anthology My Father's the King of the Gypsies (The Voice of the People Series Volume 11).
Yorkshire Relish (Derek, Dorothy and Nadine Elliott) sang Must I Be Bound? in 1980 on their Traditional Sound album An Old Family Business.
John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris sang Must I Be Bound? in 1989 on her Topic album Stolen Ground. Their version comes from My Song Is My Own, compiled by Kathy Henderson with Frankie Armstrong and Sandra Kerr, published by Pluto Press in 1979.
June Tabor sang Must I Be Bound? in 1999 on her album A Quiet Eye. This recording was later included on the Topic anthology A Woman's Voice: First Person Singular.
Maddy Prior sang Must I Be Bound? with Liliana Bertolo, Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr on their 1997 Fellside CD Voice Union.
Carolyn Robson and the Tabbush Sisters sang Must I Be Bound? in 2004 on the Mrs Casey anthology Evolving Tradition 4.
The Witches of Elswick sang Must I Be Bound? in 2005 on their second and last album, Hell's Belles. They commented in their liner notes:
This is an absolutely miserable song that Becky found when she was extremely single and wanted to whinge about men. It's from Sandra Kerr, Kathy Henderson and Frankie Armstrong's book My Song Is My Own [but it's not on their same-named LP]. We're glad Becky got it out of her system, because she's got a lovely fella now, unlike the one in the song…
Peter and Barbara Snape sang Must I Be Bound? on their 2011 CD Revel & Rally. Barbara Snape noted:
I've had the words of this song for a long time but never knew of a tune for it until recently. Now we have a lovely haunting melody to put to the story based on an eclectic text in Sam Henry's collection and also related to Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs. The last verse crops up frequently in other songs such as False Young Man and Verdant Braes of Skreen for example. I admire the fact that she comes out of an abusive relationship optimistically stronger.
Rachel Newton sang Must I Be Bound? on her 2012 CD The Shadow Side.
Gladys Stone sang Deep in Love to Bob Copper at Fittleworth, Sussex on 27 November 1954. This recording was included in 2012 on the Topic anthology You Never Heard So Sweet (The Voice of the People Series Volume 21).
This video shows Jefferson Hamer and Rosie Hood singing Must I Be Bound? at Cecil Sharp House, London, in December 2015:
Matt Quinn learned Deep in Love from the singing of Gladys Stone and recorded it for his 2017 CD The Brighton Line.
Nick Hart learned Down in the Meadow from the singing of Jasper Smith and sang it on his 2017 CD Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs.
Sandra Kerr sang Must I Be Bound? on her 2019 CD Rebel with Her Chords. She noted:
The beauty of the melody and imagery almost overshadow the harshness of the subject: abuse in a relationship. From the Hammond & Gardiner collection.
Cyril Tawney sings Must I Be Bound?
Mus I be bound, or must I go free
To love a young maid who never loved me?
Why should I act such a childish part,
To love a young maiden with all my heart?
She loves another, she loves not me.
She cares not for my company.
She loves another, I'll tell you why,
Because he's got more gold than I.
I put my back up against an oak
Thinking it was some trusty tree,
But first it bent, and then it broke,
And so did my false love to me.
I put my head into a bush
Thinking some sweeter flower to find.
I pricked my finger to the bone
Leaving that sweetest flower alone.
Since roses are such prickly flowers
They should be gathered when they're green.
And I did court such an unkind love,
I'm sure I'm striving against the stream.
Against the stream I dare not go,
For fear that it shall overflow,
And not so deep in love am I
That I care not whether I live or die.
She gave me honey all mixed with gall,
She gave me words and vows withall.
She gave me a delicate gown to wear
All stitched with sorrow and hemmed with fear.
Now here's her health I mean to drink,
And from her arms I will not shrink.
She hath my heart, go where she will,
Although she's false I must love her still.
|June Tabor sings Must I Be Bound?||The Witches of Elswick sings Must I Be Bound?|
Must I be bound while you go free?
Chorus (repeated after each verse):
The first thing that my love gave me,
Oh, the first thing that my love gave to me,
You gave me a mantle for to wear,
And next he bought me a mantle to wear,
And the last thing that my love gave me gave me,
And the last thing that my lad gave to me,
But I will climb up that high, high tree,
So I lean my back against the solid oak