Re: Above a plain of gold and green

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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
: waters.
: 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?
: Thanks
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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