Far Away Ober Dare

Here is the Zono Minstrels recording of Far Away Ober Dare –


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Recorded : 12th August 1913
Uploaded : 12th August 2014, 101 years to the day after it was recorded. I didn’t have this recording in time for the 100th Anniversary.

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Mistake!

It has to be pointed out here that someone at the Zonophone company made a mistake when preparing the release of this record. The correct title of the song is “Far Away Ober Dere”, as it was spelled by Alfred Scott Gatty in 1893. Indeed, the word “dere” is spelled that way throughout the whole of the Plantation Song scores.

However, the mistaken spelling used by the Zonophone company has actually become more common, due entirely to the release of this record. In the lyrics below, which are taken from the Boosey & Co. releases of the musical scores, I am using the correct spelling.

Lyric

A cabin in a shady dell,
Far away ober dere!
And in it lives my lubly Nell,
Far away ober dere!
And dere she sits and works all day,
De Piccaninnies round her play,
While birds aloft sing songs so gay,
Far away ober dere!
Far away,
Far away,
Far away ober dere!
No place on Earth can well compare,
Wid far away ober dere!

And den at night when all am still,
Far away ober dere!
De great moon rise behind de hill,
Far away ober dere!
And Nell stands at de garden gate,
And for dis darkie she do wait,
Tho’ you may guess he am nebber late,
Far away ober dere!
Far away,
Far away,
Far away ober dere!
No place on Earth can well compare,
Wid far away ober dere!
Wid far away ober dere!

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* The original WAV audio transfers of the Zono Minstrels recordings which are currently available. These will allow you to hear the songs in a far higher sound quality than the YouTube versions on the public site, and also to add them to your computer file system and portable music player, and even to burn off a compact disc should you desire to do so

* The JPEG images of the record labels for the songs which are available

* The complete sheet music for all 24 Plantation Songs. This is now available in three different formats – colour, greyscale and monochrome. The scores have now been restored to the highest standard possible, which has taken many hours of work.

The scans of the extremely rare Fourth Volume were obtained courtesy of the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen, who accepted a donation of my paper copies of Volumes 1 & 2 in exchange for scans of the rare volume.

The PDF files are not intended to be pixel-perfect reconstructions. They are intended to be as accurate a representation as possible of the originals published by Boosey & Co. between 1900 and 1902, as they would have been in mint condition. The colour has been added after blemish removal and repair have been carried out, to create a perfect uniform background across all scores.