Other versions include an adaptation by Italian composer Luciano Berio, sung by soprano Cathy Berberian in a suite called Folk Songs, released by RCA in 1972. This is an atmospheric instrumental take on the song with a melody played by Bill Frisell that I find more emotional than most of the song’s vocal interpretations.

Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair is one of these songs, not an easy task given the fact that it is an old traditional song and there are literally hundreds of recorded versions of it, including performances by top artists such as Joan Baez, Sinéad O’Connor and Christy Moore.  Scottish Place Names> A setting of Niles' has been included in George Crumb's Unto the Hills: American Songbook III as well as Italian composer Luciano Berio's Folk Songs. However on Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair she only wanted a minimal accompaniment with her playing the piano and a bass drone. However, it may have come from Scotland originally. In 1970 that version appeared in the album Gifted & Black. Hearing "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" again reminds me of its colorful history.

 Flowers of Scotland> So fare you well, my own true love  Arts>

The original tune of "Black is the Color" was collected by English composer and folk song archivist Cecil Sharp.  Poetry from Scotland>

I had come home from eastern Kentucky, singing this song to an entirely different tune--a tune not unlike the public-domain material employed even today.     Borders> Black is the colour of my true love's hair. I can't serve you as you have me.

Or perhaps have an upcoming event that you’d like us to feature? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2CSDLttANo. But it was Kentucky folksinger and collector, John Jacob Niles' variation of "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair," which rooted itself in the traditional American folk music canon. Size 10.0 Source 78 User_cleaned Ben Center User_metadataentered Casey Dougherty User_transferred Sean Clark Post was not sent - check your email addresses! At his father's request, Niles adapted the lyrics, which he set to a new melody, featured in his 1941 album, John Jacob Niles Sings American Folk Songs, and it's his version that has inspired countless artists since. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair is the title of a 2003 EP by the American rock band The Twilight Singers. 78_black-is-the-color-of-my-true-loves-hair_susan-reed_gbia0047659a Location USA Run time 00:03:07 Scanner Internet Archive Python library 1.7.7 Scanningcenter George Blood, L.P.

But satisfied, I ne’er shall sleep.  Screensavers>  Desktop Graphics> "Black is the Color" is a traditional Appalachian folk song of Scottish origin. If she on earth no more I see, My …

 Poetry> Receive our newsletter for the latest news, events and more.     Accommodation> The song has its origins in 19th century Scotland and immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains around North Carolina made it popular in America.  Tartans> The time is passed that we have seen, Giddens new version is uptempo, feel-good, and infectious. The folk tune made its way across the Atlantic, probably in the company of Scottish immigrants, many of whom settled in North Carolina and Appalachian America.  Events>

 Scottish Myths & Legends> There's a line in the original version of the song: "I go to the Clyde to mourn and weep / But satisfied I could never sleep," referring to the River Clyde in Scotland.

Her lips are something wond’rous fair, The purest eyes and the daintiest hands, I love the grass whereon she stands. Where else would you like to go in Scotland? Finally, let's end with another choral version of "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" by the wonderful Dale Warland Singers, a group I featured over the years that I love. He describes how he came about to write this tune:

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 Limericks In the studio that day she was joined by Rudy Stevenson on guitar and flute, Lisle Atkinson on bass and Robert Hamilton on drums. On the first date, April 4, she recorded Mississippi Goddam, the political song that she composed immediately after the bombing of the church in Birmingham, Alabama. Have you read something interesting about Song in America—in a book or magazine, or online?  Monarchs of Scotland My composition has since been 'discovered' by many an aspiring folk-singer." It is about a girl who is waiting for her lover to return from sea. If she on earth no more I see,  Slideshow 2008> However throughout her career she made other people’s songs her own, to a point where they are now so strongly associated with her that many do not realize the songs existed prior to her versions: My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Put a Spell on You, Don’t Smoke in Bed, Wild is the Wind to name a few. Lisle Atkinson says of what he was asked to do during his time in Nina Simone’s band: “She wanted the least amount of complication as possible-roots and 5’s, nothing too slick. Dear friends, Thank you for helping us build a comprehensive online archive of American song. Most of us are familiar with fellow North Carolinian Nina Simone's soulful 1964 rendition. The version Nina Simone recorded in April 1964 appeared a couple of years later on the album Wild is the Wind. Still, the most famous version of them all, is Nina Simone's 1964 classic recording for the Philips label.  History Timeline>

The song "Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love's Hair)" is a traditional folk song which was first known in the United States about 1915. However, this timeless classic has an intriguing history that can actually be traced much further back.  Archaeology> Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair (1) Black is the color of my true love's hair Her lips are like some rosy fair The purest eyes and the neatest hands I love the ground whereon she stands I go to the Clyde for to mourn and weep But satisfied I never can sleep I'll write to you in a few short lines I'll suffer death ten thousand times  Parliamo Scots>, Places to Visit> I love the grass whereon she stands.  Inventions & Discoveries> I love the ground whereon he stands.

 Businesses> I'll write to you a few short lines,  St Andrew Societies>  Great Places to Eat>     Tours/Guides>, Search This Site>  Slideshow 2009>  Scottish Parliament> Made in L.A. Streaming music, news & culture from KCRW Santa Monica, Live streaming music, news & culture from KCRW Santa Monica, English Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians. "'Black is The Color of My True Love's Hair'...was composed between 1916 and 1921. So I wrote myself a new tune, ending it in a nice modal manner. Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

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    Wildlife> - Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair. Accommodation>     Airline Services> I love the grass whereon she stands.  Education> I love my love and well he knows,     Animals> And here is Nina Simone’s timeless version: Black is the color of my true love’s hair, So black is the color of my true love’s hair, I also recommend latest recording  Romantic Scotland>

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She wrote over 40 songs, including some of her best such as Mississippi Goddam and Four Women.  Bagpipes> "Black is the Color..." German Translation.

One is by Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires group on the ECM label, released in 1985.     Online texts>

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 Where Am I? The prettiest face, the neatest hands,  Scottish Battles> Her lips are something rosy fair. On the second date two day later she recorded the version of Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair that we now know as one of the best interpretations of that song. Greg Dulli's cover of the song would later appear on The Twilight Singers' 2004 covers album She Loves You.     Castle Collections>

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