minstrel: Greensleeves-complete song list

Heather Rose Jones hrjones at uclink.berkeley.edu
Thu Jan 9 10:39:57 PST 1997

On Thu, 9 Jan 1997, Greg Lindahl wrote:

> Some friends of mine pointed outa while ago that certain songs can be
> sung to the tune of Greensleeves, and the lyrics of Greensleeves can
> likewise be sung to their tunes. The secret, of course, is that
> Greensleeves is in iambic pentameter.

Um, iambic tetrameter, actually. (And that's just the verse -- the refrain
is considerably less straightforward.) So the sonnets won't really scan to
it without procrustean treatment.

A lot of the things that can be sung to it aren't iambic, but with a
fairly flexible "folky" vocal interpretation, just about any four-foot
meter will work.

Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn

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