Ives, Burl - The Foggy Foggy Dew Lyrics




When I was a bachelor I lived all alone
I worked at the weaver's trade
And the only, only thing that I did that was wrong
Was to woo a fair young maid

I wooed her in the winter time
Part of the summer too
And the only, only thing that I did that was wrong
Was to keep her from the foggy, foggy dew

One night she knelt close by my side
When I was fast asleep
She threw her arms around my neck
And then began to weep

She wept, she cried, she tore her hair
Ah, me, what could I do?
So all night long, I held her in my arms
Just to keep her from the foggy, foggy dew

Again I am a bachelor, I live with my son
We work at the weaver's trade
And every single time that I look into his eyes
He reminds me of that fair young maid

He reminds me of the wintertime
Part of the summer too
And of the many, many times that I held her in my arms
Just to keep her from the foggy, foggy dew





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Ives, Burl The Foggy Foggy Dew Comments
  1. Tiernan Wearen

    It is Irish you twit

  2. Baskerville22

    No mendacity here...

  3. Wolfie D

    When A were a wee Lad, he were me "radio Granddad" ♥

  4. Aitana Canós Vilalta

    Charles Bruno

  5. Musicteam Limited

    I recall a powerful version of this by a Ted or Fred Gray?

  6. John Jurkewicz

    I love it

  7. George Wren

    Brought back some good old memories, thanks

  8. Gary Pace

    See pictures of Burl Ives in the bathtub taking a bubble bath. His huge gluttonous belly is unbelievable. His exposed bellybutton is cute. Burl Ives has big boobs for a man and a plump pink bare butt

  9. Kevin Cozens

    The only version of this song that I've heard until now was done in Bluegrass style. This is a very very different version of the song compared to what I'm used to hearing. Nice version with some changes to the lyrics I'm used to hearing.

  10. Murphster45

    Fun Fact, Burl Ives was arrested in the 30's for singing this song, the people thought the song was too risque to be sung in public.

  11. Dawn's Eclectic Choices

    I have loved Burl Ives since I was a wee tot. And that was a LONG time ago. Never cared much for the Christmas stuff, though. The ballads are the best. I have almost a complete collection of his stuff now.....it's amazing that a talent like his is hardly known today.

  12. alasdair niven

    This sanitised version makes little sense. One can only be a bachelor once. Red Skelton's version is even worse. Go for Peter pears'.

  13. Wye Explorer

    Beautiful. Reminds me of my folks...

  14. richard nineteenfortyone

    I think I found a Spanish civil war song to the same tune.  Can anybody recall it?  In the early 1960's Burl Ives was popular at radio station KPFA in Berkeley.   They had live jam sessions on certain nights, and many wannabee musicians jammed into that small studio to get a chance to be "discovered" live on the air.   Of course it was very political: some gained easier access to the mike than others, as determined by the station managers.

  15. Donald Matson

    A weaver. Puts it about 1850.

    alasdair niven

    Weaving was an industrial process by 1850. What makes you say such a thing?

  16. Nathan Wilson

    This song makes no sense

    Catjoe12

    Narrator is a bachelor who loves a woman. They spend the nights together. They get married. She has a son. She dies. Now the son looks like his mother and reminds the narrator, once again a bachelor, of his dead wife. What part doesn't make sense?

  17. Spone Mr

    hmm . i prefer the Dubliners version.

  18. richard nineteenfortyone

    Wasn't Burl Ives one of those Stalin sympathizing folk singers listed by the House UnAmerican Committee under Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 50's?   According the investigators, all of those folk singers were reds and were trying to undermine our American morals and inhibitions by tuning the rhythm of their songs to our brain's theta waves.   According to an old lady at a JBS meeting I attended, Rock'n'Roll was actually invented by Soviet mind control scientists to destroy our sexual inhibitions and family structure.   It must be so; would a 74 year old virgin lie?

    sartoresartus

    You're a fucking moron.

    Labaron26

    OMG......

    B Tranquilo

    Yes, thank you Richard for this background; too bad some folks evidently did not see the irony in your comment...

  19. Armando Gonella

    FROM A S T I ( ITALY ) :  O K  !

  20. robert and susan bashaw - stahlin

    Big Daddy was a close friend of mine for many years up unto his passing. I love ya Burl, and I miss the time we spent a' drinkin 'and a' bellerin' .Smooth sailin' Captain!

  21. Roy Jenner

    So good.

  22. STEVEN HECK

    fine fine voice

  23. Brian Kiernan Smith

    sung beautifully.

  24. T Green

    I will let every one into a secret!  It is treasures like these that have been straitjacketed  by the political elites weapon of choice for social reform Political Correction and much has been destroyed by it.  

  25. richard nineteenfortyone

    Am I nuts, or does is the Beethoven Oboe trio variations on this exact theme? 

    zürihegel

    Both, but the Fender Stratocaster Beethoven was using at this recording has the pre-war tuning that is mostly used for underwater concert situations and sometimesin close to lagoons of proper size. As foggy foggy dew is quite dense it still does not create the particular wetness of underwater conditions despite it indeed sometimes was used by earlier sound technicians in an experimental setting. That is why most people dont notice this and also miss finer details, like the artists subtle critique of society . But if your nuts, and I mean really wackadoodle-yippiii-gone-fishing nuts, you'll recognize it immediately.

    Lucy A

    No, not nuts. Thank you for leading me to Beethoven, which led me to Mozart (La ci darem le mano from Don Giovanni) and then 'When I first came to Court' published 1689, a predecessor of Foggy, Foggy Dew? (Did Mozart not compose the tune....? )And then to something completely different! (But very similar)....  Monty Python's 'I'm a Lumberjack'!

  26. Insperato62

    This is an old ENGLISH folk song - though there have been several versions.  It's certainly bawdy enough (well, full of inuendo).  Certainly wouldn't have been arrested in England for singing it!

    Bradley Monroe

    I agree. A famous song made famous by Peter Pears in the arrangement by Benjamin Britten.

  27. Donald Matson

    Sounds like a remake. Love burl in the first versions

  28. Lily Whisperwind

    I am so glad to find this....I absolutely love this song.

  29. Da Moose

    Burl once was arrested for singing this in public

  30. jjpulczinski

    I bet that song was quite risque in its day!

  31. Buttnuts Simard

    WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL THANKYOU

  32. usmctanks1

    Sung in the BBC series "Peice of Cake" at a WW2 RAF wedding in France where this song was to let everyone know that the father of one pilots (unborn) child was not the man she was wed to (Then it was straffed by the Germans so most of the guests were killed, which then meant nobody worried about the bride/groom etc.)

    Shane Waterman

    Piece of Cake was an ITV series

  33. Enrique Suárez Ferreiro

    The lyrics final part:

    Again I am a bachelor and I live with my son
    We work at the weaver's trade
    And every single time that I look into his eyes
    He reminds me of the fair young maid

    He reminds me of the winter time
    Part of the summer too
    And the many, many times I held her in my arms
    To keep her from the foggy, foggy dew

  34. Enrique Suárez Ferreiro

    The lyrics second part:

    One night she knelt down by my side
    When I was fast asleep
    She threw her arms around my neck
    And then began to weep

    She wept, she cried, she tore her hair
    Ah me, what could I do
    So all night long I held her in my arms
    To keep her from the foggy, foggy dew

  35. Enrique Suárez Ferreiro

    The lyrics first part :

    When I was a bachelor I lived all alone
    I worked at the weaver's trade
    And the only, only thing I did that was wrong
    Was to woo a fair young maid

    I wooed her in the winter time some of the summer too
    And the only, only thing I did that was wrong
    Was to keep her from the foggy, foggy dew

  36. ootooshohnuh

    no greater ballad singer
    wado for posting

  37. Dawn Clark

    I love Burl Ives! But not the Christmas songs. I LIVE for the folk songs! Thanks for sharing!

  38. fastdrive55

    Great, great!

  39. Tommy Gibson

    Thank you for posting this. The Master