Posted by Fannie on September 27, 2006 at 09:53:47:
In Reply to: Above a plain of gold and green posted by Gus Ormiston on March 08, 2003 at 16:50:00:
: When I was a young GS I was taught this song:
: "Above a plain of gold and green,
: a young boy's head is plainly seen.
: CH A hoo-ya, hoo-ya, hoo-ya-ya, swifty flowing
: La- bay, A hoo-ya, hoo-ya, hoo ya-ya, swiftly flowing
: And for our pleasure it was made
: this *** old castle, deep in shade. CH."
: Seems like it was presented as a "Y" song but all the folk who knew the origin are now dead.
: Can anyone fill the blank, correct the wrong words and say to what it refers?
Went looking for this, this morning. (I'm 72 years old and it has haunted me since I was a little girl and was (semi) taught it in Girl Scouts.)
I don't think I'm going to add much to help the original writer, excepting that I always remembered only, "But lo, tis not his lifted head; 'tis Ithca's castles' spires instead." (And then the chorus, "With a hoo-ya, hoo-ya, hoo-ya, ya. Swiftly flowing water; With a hoo-ya, hoo-ya, hoo-ya, ya; Swiftly flowing la-bay.")
Ithca COULD be Ithaca, perhaps. The hoo-ya always sounded slightly Slavic to me, or could just be nonsense words to fill in. It was pretty, and obviously stuck with more people than you and me.
Fannie (Hope I have used this site correctly - I don't know what the spaces below are intended for.)
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