Over the hills and far away

1. Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son
Canzoncina infantile tradizionale (XVII secolo), qui interpretata da Hilary James e Simon Mayer.

Tom, he was a piper’s son,
He learnt to play when he was young,
The only tune that he could play
Was Over the hills and far away.


2. Jockey’s Lamentation
Da Wit and Mirth: Or Pills to Purge Melancholy (1698-1720) di Thomas D’Urfey. The City Waites, dir. Lucie Skeaping.

‘Tis o’er the hills and far away,
The wind has blown my plaid away.


3. Hark! now the drums beat up again
Canto di reclutamento risalente agli anni della guerra di successione spagnola (1701-14); il testo si trova, con qualche variante, nella commedia di George Farquhar The Recruiting Officer (1706).

Hark! now the drums beat up again
For all true soldier gentlemen,
Then let us list and march, I say,
Over the Hills and far away.

Over the hills and o’er the main
To Flanders, Portugal and Spain,
Queen Anne commands and we’ll obey,
Over the hills and far away.

All gentlemen that have a mind,
To serve the queen that’s good and kind,
Come list and enter into pay,
Then over the hills and far away.

No more from sound of drum retreat,
While Marlborough and Galway beat,
The French and Spaniards every day,
When over the hills and far away.

[Dipinto di Thomas Payton]


Versione di John Tams per la serie televisiva Sharpe, protagonista Sean Bean, ambientata all’epoca delle guerre napoleoniche. In ogni episodio è cantata una strofe differente.

Here’s forty shillings on the drum
To those who volunteer to come,
To ‘list and fight the foe today
Over the Hills and far away.

O’er the hills and o’er the main
Through Flanders, Portugal and Spain.
King George commands and we obey
Over the hills and far away.

Through smoke and fire and shot and shell,
And to the very walls of hell,
But we shall stand and we shall stay
Over the hills and far away.

Though I may travel far from Spain
A part of me shall still remain,
And you are with me night and day
and Over the hills and far away.

Then fall in lads behind the drum
With colours blazing like the sun.
Along the road to come what may
Over the hills and far away.

When Evil stalks upon the land
I’ll neither hold nor stay me hand
But fight to win a better day,
Over the hills and far away.

If I should fall to rise no more,
As many comrades did before,
Ask the pipes and drums to play
Over the hills and far away.

Let kings and tyrants come and go,
I’ll stand adjudged by what I know.
A soldiers life I’ll ne’er gainsay.
Over the hills and far away.

Though kings and tyrants come and go
A soldier’s life is all I know
I’ll live to fight another day
Over the hills and far away.

Old Wellington, he scratched his bum.
He says, “Boney lad, thee’s had thee fun.”
My riflemen will win the day
Over the hills and far away.


5. Were I Laid on Greenland’s Coast
Testo di John Gay per The Beggar’s Opera (Air XVI, cantato da Macheath e Polly) con musica adattata da Johann Christoph Pepusch (1728).

Macheath: Were I laid on Greenland’s Coast,
And in my Arms embrac’d my Lass;
Warm amidst eternal Frost,
Too soon the Half Year’s Night would pass.
Polly: Were I sold on Indian Soil,
Soon as the burning Day was clos’d,
I could mock the sultry Toil
When on my Charmer’s Breast repos’d.
Macheath: And I would love you all the Day,
Polly: Every Night would kiss and play,
Macheath: If with me you’d fondly stray
Polly: Over the Hills and far away.

Ancora l’Air XVI interpretato da Laurence Olivier e Dorothy Tutin nella versione cinematografica del lavoro di Gay, diretta da Peter Brook nel 1953.


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6 pensieri su “Over the hills and far away

  1. perdona la mia stratosferica e squisita ignoranza in materia, le ho ascoltate tutte e mi e’ sembrato che la musica, tranne qualche piccola variazione o intonazione, fosse uguale in tutti i pezzi.
    La domanda e’: mi e’ andato in pappa il cervello o effettivamente le musiche sono simili?
    Un abbraccio con speranza di perdono

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