Help with Howl: Rugby, Welshisms and saucepans
Rowland, Jennifer A B
jennifer.rowland at imperial.ac.uk
Wed Mar 16 09:38:25 EST 2005
> > Can someone elaborate on the origin of the phrase "welcome in the
> > valleys"?
> It comes from a song, 'There'll be a welcome in the
> valleys...' etc.
We'll keep a welcome in the hillsides
We'll keep a welcome in the vales
This land you knew will still be singing
When you come home again to Wales
This land of ours will keep a welcome
And with a love that never fails
We'll kiss away each hour of Hiraeth
When you come again to Wales
(I don't know if the tune has a name of its own.)
"Keep a welcome in the hillsides" and "keep a welcome in the valleys" both seem to be sort of semi-proverbial. Many of the refs I found when Googling for the lyrics were "Well, they certainly kept a welcome in the hillsides for us that day!", or similar.
http://www.estelnet.com/catalunyacymru/catala/cymru_cyffredinebau_1e.htm, which is a page about stereotypes of Wales, says
" "We'll keep a welcome in the hillsides" (My God! Why do people sing this? Thought by many outside Wales to be 'typically Welsh'. At one time a favourite background tune in TV documentaries to accompany shots of Welsh landscape. The trouble with boasting about one's hospitality is that somebody is bound to abuse it - a third of the population of Wales now are people who have crossed over from England and are living in these selfsame hillsides with no desire or little compulsion to integrate!)"
> Would a Rugby club be a group of fans, or the actual players themselves?!
Not a group of fans. Depending on context, a reference to a rugby club can be to the players, the management, or the physical location ("there's a rugby club down the road from our house, it's where the local bonfire is held")- the team may change from year to year, but the Club marches on. It's the corporate entity, I suppose.
I can't remember any more erudite references in Howl, but I haven't read it for a bit- how quickly do you need to have this?
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