(a.k.a. "Two Blue Pigeons")
Words & Music:
Traditional Scottish Reel
So, correspondent Bernard asked me about the origins of this song. Did it start in the American Civil War? Well, much to my surprise, this round I learned at camp is an old Scottish Reel. I have no idea where the "pigeons" bit was added to the reel. The only music I hve found for the reel differs somewhat from the tune I learned. Here is a solo versionsolo version for the tune and what it sounds like solo versionas a round.
1. KCH Camp Version As A Round:
Oom-pah! Oom-pah! Tiddly-pum! *Oom-pah! Oom-pah! Tiddly-pum!
Two blue pigeons, one was black and white! Unh!!
Sandy, he belongs to the mill. The mill belongs to Sandy still.
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Sandy, he belongs to the mill. The mill belongs to Sandy.
*subsequent parts enter here
2. Scottish Reel Version:
Sandy he belongs to the mill,
And the mill belongs to Sandy.
Sandy lent a man his mill,
And the man got a loan of Sandy's mill,
And the mill that was lent was Sandy's mill,
And the mill belonged to Sandy.
3. Mrs. Henry Oral Tradition From Decatur, GA Version:
[Folk Songs From The Southern Highlands, Southern Appalachians Songs with Lyrics, Commentary & Some Sheet Music]
Sandy had a nice litde mill;
The mill belongs to Sandy still.
Said I to Sandy, "Won't you lend me your mill?"
"Of course, I will," said Sandy.