False, False

This utterly beautiful song was collected by Ewan McColl in the 1960s from traveller Christine McAlistair in the north of Scotland. I learnt it from the singing of June Tabour and this is an anglicized version rather than the original Scots. The arrangement works beautifully for women’s voices – as either a two or three part song.

Example of lyrics

False, False have you been to me / when did you change your mind? / Since you’ve laid your love on another fair maid / I’m afraid that you’re no longer mine

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Song information

  • Mood:

    sad, poignant and modal

  • Technical:

    2 verses in 2 part harmony with 3 part harmony chorus and small fill part

  • Included in book or collection:English Folk Songs »