4 thoughts on “Percy’s Song and The Wind and Rain: Musical Reference in Folk Song Tradition – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I would start with the the VWML for a search like that: it lists 31 Brit-folk tunes with that line in it. Courtesy of the Cecil Sharp house, the Brits have had their musical heritage way systematic for decades. You can probably get more accurate detail on Wind & Rain there too.

  2. Going back even further, as stated above, the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night ends with a folk song, called “Heigh Ho, the wind and rain” or “When that I was and a little tiny boy”:

    When that I was and a little tiny boy,
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain,
    A foolish thing was but a toy,
    For the rain it raineth every day.

    But when I came to man’s estate,
    With hey, ho, &c.
    ‘Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate,
    For the rain, &c.

    But when I came, alas! to wive,
    With hey, ho, &c.
    By swaggering could I never thrive,
    For the rain, &c.

    But when I came unto my beds,
    With hey, ho, &c.
    With toss-pots still had drunken heads,
    For the rain, &c.

    A great while ago the world begun,
    With hey, ho, &c.
    But that’s all one, our play is done,
    And we’ll strive to please you every day.

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