Barley Bread, Wheat and Rye

Barley Bread, Wheat and Rye

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Going back to my roots here and writing a very traditional British folk song. This was way harder to record than I expected it to be, but aside from some small issues, I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Once you've sung the line "Barley bread, wheat and rye" one too many times it's hysterical how hard it is to sing. By the end the lyrics morphed into "barley bed weed and wine."

Lyrics: 

I'll see you at the fair my love
Barley bread, wheat and rye
Tonight I will be dreaming of
Barley bread, wheat and rye

I'll bake a loaf to share with you
Barley bread, wheat and rye
You'll bring me treasures for to woo
Barley bread, wheat and rye

Barley bread, wheat and rye
Can you hear the baker's cry
The sun is up. Now who will buy
My barley bread, my wheat and rye

Bring me gifts all fine and bold
Barley bread, wheat and rye
The finest dress. A ring of gold
Barley bread, wheat and rye

Fine silk sheets to make our bed
Barley bread, wheat and rye
And wine to drink when we are wed
Barley bread, wheat and rye

Barley bread, wheat and rye
Can you hear the baker's cry
The sun is up. Now who will buy
My barley bread, my wheat and rye

My love, he is a cobbler's son
Barley bread, wheat and rye
With wit and charm, my heart he's won
Barley bread, wheat and rye

The blackest hair. The bluest eyes
Barley bread, wheat and rye
But he has no dough to make me rise
Barley bread, wheat and rye

Barley bread, wheat and rye
Can you hear the baker's cry
The sun is up. Now who will buy
My barley bread, my wheat and rye



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metalfoot's picture

That is a really great sounding song. You've hit the medieval style on the head both in lyric and tone colour-- is that a real hurdy-gurdy you're playing or a virtual one? Big round of applause from me Smile

billwhite51's picture

wedding night dysfuction? or us he just short on cash? nuce ambuguity there. excellent job with the traditional template. the arrangement us right out of the chrstmas revels and your harmonies were welcoem eachtue they came around.

Nice classic Folk song, I like the structure of the verses and the instruments. All those layers on the Barley Bread line over and over, must get a little difficult haha. I like the recorder solo and percussion also. Excellent harmonies!

atitlan's picture

Very, very traditional sounding. Hurdy gurdy and recorder is perfect instrumentation to give that mediaeval feel. Nice vocal harmonies, too.

coolparadiso's picture

ar yes very traditional - reminds me of the good ol Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span. Have not heard any for a while - was a treat! thx

sph's picture

Successful in every aspect of writing a song in the traditional vein: Lyrics, form and presentation.
After reading your liner notes I also sang in my head "barley bed weed and wine" Wink

Tim Fatchen's picture

Seriously good. Especially allowing for my normal run-a-mile approach (retreat?) to hurdy-gurdies. You're using a sopranino, right? I've been dusting mine off but not brave enough yet to record it...The lyrics have that proper traditional early 19th-late18thC feel, and your response lines are just great. and a lovely lit with it all! Downloading this one too!

Fuzzy's picture

Holy moly those harmonies really appeal to my ears.
The drone on the left is awesome.
Such a wonderful tune you've created here.
It makes me want to dance.
Yeah, this is my kind of dance music.
Loved it!

Technicolor Gramophone's picture

Do you have an actual hurdy gurdy? I love them, but they're so expensive. (I bought a mini-hurdy gurdy kit for $99, but the thing broke.) Anyway, this is fabulous - love the contrast between the gorgeous vocal melody and the drone of the HG. Nice recorder solo as well! This really could be a trad number.

Wolf Kier's picture

Had me dancing round the maypole from the drop. This is such a great genre peice, right down to the yummy percussion on the right side. Great work. Brilliant. Enjoyed much.
Thanks so much for your kind words on my first Smile

kahlo2013's picture

Oh I really love the classic traditional feel and the wonderful music. The repetitiveness of the lyric is so effective here. The instrumentation is perfect and your vocal delivery of the melody is absolutely gorgeous!!

ductapeguy's picture

This song is as old as bread itself, yet fresh and warm out of the oven. The production is a gem in headphones. The hard separation of hurdy gurdy and percussion leaves the whole centre for the vocals and recorder to dance around.

cleanshoes's picture

Those harmonies are something else. This is traditional British folk to a tee, in everything from lyrics to instrumentation. Just a joy to listen to--the old is new again!

dzd's picture

This is really fabulous! but I couldn't help but sing along barley bed weed wine Wink
great stereo mix on this as well! nicely done hurdy gurdy sounds good! and is that a recorder? Smile love it!
great tune!

headfirstonly's picture

What a glorious piece of medieval folk, right down to the bawdy delivery of that final verse. This is not a genre that I was expecting to hear on my listening travels today, but it's a very pleasant surprise!

The hurdy-gurdy holds a strange fascination for me ever since I saw one being played by Ritchie Blackmore (of Deep Purple, "Smoke on the water" fame). He was wearing a doublet and hose at the time, and I'm still trying to process *that* experience...