'RHOC' Vicki Gunvalson Defends Deadbeat Boyfriend!

My mom always told me not to say anything about other people's situations because I may find myself there one day...well I'm not good at taking directions and neither is Real Housewife of Orange County Vicki Gunvalson.

It seems that the not-yet-divorced Vicki has found herself in a situation much like fellow housewife Gretchen Rossi, they both are in love with what Tamra Barney likes to call a "deadbeat". That's right, Slade Smiley isn't the only one that's been in trouble for not paying child support.

2010 court records show that Vicki's new boyfriend Brooks Ayers was in jail for not paying child support (he owed about $40,000 to two different woman) and Vicki even hand wrote a letter (2 months before filing for divorce from husband Don *gasp*) to the judge asking him to be released. Wow...
He is not a deadbeat dad,” says Vicki. “He is a wonderful man and a wonderful father,” a very emotional Vicki told the Rumor Fix. “He has integrity and loves his children more than life. He just fell on hard times, like we all did. He works in a commission-based business as do I, and his child support payment amounts were based on when he was making a lot more money. He couldn’t pay his child support and in the state of Mississippi the laws make it very difficult.”
Sound a bit familiar? It should, that's almost the same thing Gretchen said about her boyfriend Slade and they still kept labeling him a 'deadbeat'. My, my...how the tables have turned.

But the juicy gossip doesn't end there because apparently an ex-girlfriend of Books' is claiming he and Vicki have been involved for years, if not months before she filed for divorce! Makes total sense since he's the same dude that looked a lot like Don and was all up on Vicki when she and Tamra went to Cabo for a 'girls trip' last season...remember? Yep, he's the same dude.

Vicki claims she did in fact know Brooks back in 2007 but nothing ever happened between the two. Yeah right. No wonder her daughter Brianna won't even talk to her, she probably found out she was tramping around on poor Don while they were married.

I can't wait for next season, I wonder what Tamra will have say when it comes to her BFF's boyfriend being a 'deadbeat'?

According to Vicki she and Brooks have been dating for 8 months, that's exactly the same amount of months it's been since she filed for divorce in October.

What do you think, did Vicki cheat on Don?

source 1 / source 2

Brooks Ayres

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The 'Jersey Shore' Guys Get A Tan For The Holiday Weekend

The Jersey Shore fellas headed to the beach for some tanning time before the 4th of July holiday weekend and 'The Situation' even had time to chat it up with a {not so attractive} girl.

The cast of Jersey Shore is currently back in NJ filming season 5 of the MTV hit show. They just wrapped filming for season 4 in Italy and there is talk that the show will be re-cast after season 5 wraps.

I know most of the fans are going to be a bit disappointed to no longer see their favorite ultra tanned people on the show but just remember that The Situation, Snooki, JWOWW and Pauly D have all signed on for their own shows. Yay?

And in all reality the amount of money these people are getting paid to drink until they pass out and party is totally uncool...bring in the newbies!


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Ewan McGregor & Wife Adopt Daughter #4

40-year-old Ewan McGregor and his set designer wife Eve Mavrakis have adopted a little girl.

The actor accidentally let the good news slip while promoting his movie Beginners in Los Angeles earlier this month. The actor was in the middle of discussing how family always comes first when the slip up occurred:
"My wife and four girls – 15, two nine-year-olds and a baby of four months – often come with me if it’s a holiday or my locations and their schedules allow. Sometimes we uproot them and put them in another school."
Ewan is pretty private when it comes to his family life but stated in a recent interview that he will always try to spend as much time as possible with his children.
"I recognize it can be boring to play with young children – to tell a story over and over again, let’s say – but the secret is being there. If you’ve made a decision to play with your children, then play with them. Don’t be looking through papers on your desk or sneaking off to the computer. Turn off your BlackBerry. Lose yourself in their world. Even if you do it for a short time, it will mean a lot to you and to them."
No news on what their newest daughters name or where she was born is but it is known that she was born in March, making her 4 months old. This is the second adopted child for the couple, who adopted daughter Jamiyan from Mongolia in 2006.

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2011 Teen Choice Awards Nominees Announced!

I haven't watched this awards show in years, mostly because I'm no longer a teen. But, it is still in fact an awards show & I love knowing who was nominated for these things I'm going to talk about them here. 

Actor-comedian Jack Black is reprising his role as host in the 2011 Teen Choice Awards so it's most likely going to be pretty fun...he is very childlike, after all.

So, are you curious who the nominees are?  Here's the full list -->
Choice Movie: Action
Fast Five

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Tourist


Choice Movie Actor: Action
Michael Cera, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Johnny Depp, The Tourist

Vin Diesel, Fast Five
Dwayne Johnson, Fast Five

Paul Walker, Fast Five
Choice Movie Actress: Action
Jordana Brewster, Fast Five
Rosario Dawson, Unstoppable
Carla Gugino, Faster

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Super 8

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
X-Men: First Class
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/FantasyJohnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Ryan Reynolds, Green Lantern

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Penélope Cruz, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Elle Fanning, Super 8

Blake Lively, Green Lantern

Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Choice Movie: DramaBlack Swan

The Roommate
Soul Surfer

Water for Elephants
Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Bradley Cooper, Limitless

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Cam Gigandet, The Roommate

Shia LaBeouf, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Robert Pattinson, Water for Elephants
Choice Movie Actress: DramaMinka Kelly, The Roommate
Leighton Meester, Country Strong
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

AnnaSophia Robb, Soul Surfer
Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants
Choice Movie: Romantic ComedyEasy A
Just Go With It
Life As We Know It

No Strings Attached

Something Borrowed
Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy
Penn Badgley, Easy A
Josh Duhamel, Life as We Know It
John Krasinski, Something Borrowed

Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached

Adam Sandler, Just Go With It
Choice Movie Actress: Romantic ComedyJennifer Aniston, Just Go With It

Ginnifer Goodwin, Something Borrowed

Natalie Portman, No Strings Attached

Emma Roberts, The Art of Getting By
Emma Stone, Easy A
Choice Movie: Comedy
Bad Teacher

Due Date
Little Fockers

The Other Guys
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Russell Brand, Arthur

Will Ferrell, The Other Guys

Zach Galifianakis, Due Date /The Hangover Part II
Ed Helms, The Hangover Part II

Justin Timberlake, Bad Teacher
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher
Anna Faris, Take Me Home Tonight

Eva Mendes, The Other Guys

Maya Rudolph, Bridesmaids
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Choice Movie: Horror

Let Me In

Paranormal Activity 2

Piranha 3D: The Sequel

Saw 3D: The Final Chapter
Scream 4

Choice Animated Movie: Voice

Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda 2
Johnny Depp, Rango
Anne Hathaway, Rio
Zachary Levi, Tangled
Justin Timberlake, Yogi Bear
Choice Movie: Chemistry
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, The Other Guys

Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper, The Hangover Part II

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, Just Go With It

The Super 8 Crew, Super 8

The First Class, X-Men: First Class
Choice Movie: Liplock
Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, Beastly

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Choice Movie: Hissy FitThe Alien, Super 8
Ed Helms, The Hangover Part II

Robert Downey Jr., Due Date
Mark Wahlberg, The Other Guys
Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
Choice Movie: VillainKevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class
Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Bryce Dallas Howard, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Ian McShane, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Leighton Meester, The Roommate
Choice Movie: Male Scene StealerRiley Griffiths, Super 8

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Ken Jeong, The Hangover Part II

Kellan Lutz, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Justin Timberlake, The Social Network

Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer

Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Alyson Michalka, The Roommate/ Easy A

Crystal the Monkey, The Hangover Part II
Choice TV Show: Drama

Gossip Girl


Make It or Break It

The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Choice TV Actor: DramaPenn Badgley, Gossip Girl

David Boreanaz, Bones
Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl

Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Hugh Laurie, House

Choice TV Actress: Drama
Emily Deschanel, Bones

Blake Lively, Gossip Girl

Josie Loren, Make It or Break It

Olivia Wilde, House

Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Teen Wolf

The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Joshua Jackson, Fringe
Jared Padalecki, Supernatural
Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

Tom Welling, Smallville

Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Erica Durance, Smallville

Anna Paquin, True Blood

Crystal Reed, Teen Wolf

Anna Torv, Fringe
Choice TV Show: Action
Burn Notice

Hawaii Five-O

NCIS: Los Angeles

Choice TV Actor: ActionJeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice

Daniel Dae Kim, Hawaii Five-O
Zachary Levi, Chuck
LL Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles

Shane West, Nikita

Choice TV Actress: Action
Lyndsy Fonseca, Nikita

Linda Hunt, NCIS: Los Angeles
Grace Park, Hawaii Five-O

Maggie Q, Nikita

Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck
Choice TV Show: Comedy
The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

Wizards of Waverly Place
Choice TV Actor: ComedyTy Burrell, Modern Family

Steve Carell, The Office

John Krasinski, The Office
Cory Monteith, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Choice TV Actress: ComedyMiranda Cosgrove, iCarly
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory

Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana
Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place
Demi Lovato, Sonny with a Chance
Choice TV: Animated Show
American Dad
Bob’s Burgers

The Cleveland Show

Family Guy
The Simpsons
Choice TV: Personality
Christina Aguilera, The Voice

Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model

Adam Levine, The Voice

Jennifer Lopez, American Idol
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
American Idol

America’s Best Dance Crew

So You Think You Can Dance

The Voice

Choice TV: Reality Show
Jersey Shore
Khloé & Lamar
Kourtney & Kim Take New York

The Real World: Las Vegas

Secret Millionaire
Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star
Paul “Pauly D” Del Vecchio, Jersey Shore

Rob Dyrdek, Fantasy Factory
Lamar Odom, Khloé & Lamar

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jersey Shore
Brad Womack, The Bachelor

Choice TV: Female Reality/Variety Star

Laurieann Gibson, The Dance Scene

Chelsea Handler, After Lately

The Kardashians, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Audrina Patridge, Audrina
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jersey Shore
Choice TV: Villain

Justin Bieber, CSI
Jane Lynch, Glee

Seth MacFarlane (as Stewie Griffin), Family Guy

Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
Ed Westwick, Gossip Girl

Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer

Dianna Agron, Glee
Katerina Graham, The Vampire Diaries
Jennette McCurdy, iCarly
Amber Riley, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer
Chris Colfer, Glee

Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family
Mark Salling, Glee

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
Choice Music: Male ArtistJustin Bieber
Jason Derülo
Cee Lo Green

Enrique Iglesias

Bruno Mars

Choice Music: Female Artist


Lady Gaga

Katy Perry


Taylor Swift
Choice Music: Group
The Black Eyed Peas

Far East Movement

Glee cast
Selena Gomez & The Scene

The Script

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist


Lupe Fiasco

Nicki Minaj


Kanye West

Choice Music: Rock Group

30 Seconds to Mars

Foo Fighters

Linkin Park



Choice Music: Rock Track

“Rope,” Foo Fighters
“Waiting for the End,” Linkin Park

“Sing,” My Chemical Romance
”Good Life,” OneRepublic

“Monster,” Paramore

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Track”Run the World (Girls),” Beyoncé

“Just Can’t Get Enough,” The Black Eyed Peas
”Don’t Wanna Go Home,” Jason Derülo
”I Need a Doctor,” Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey
”All of the Lights,” Kanye West

Choice Music: Single

”The Time (Dirty Bit),” The Black Eyed Peas
”Who Says,” Selena Gomez & The Scene
”Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
”Firework,” Katy Perry
”Give Me Everything,” Pitbull featuring Ne-Y
Choice Music: Male Country ArtistJason Aldean
Luke Bryan

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Miranda Lambert
Jennette McCurdy

Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood
Choice Music: Country Single”If I Die Young,” The Band Perry

“Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Luke Bryan
”Just a Kiss,” Lady Antebellum

“Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton
”Mean,” Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Country Group

Lady Antebellum

The Band Perry

Rascal Flatts

Steel Magnolia

Little Big Town

Choice Music: Love Song

“Come Down with Love,” Allstar Weekend

”Love You Like a Love Song,” Selena Gomez

“Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars

”Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry

“Mine,” Taylor Swift

Choice Break-Up Song

”Rolling in the Deep,” Adele

“Forget You,” Cee Lo Green

“See No More,” Joe Jonas
”Grenade,” Bruno Mars
”Back to December,” Taylor Swift
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female
Miley Cyrus
Vanessa Hudgens
Lady Gaga
Jennifer Lopez

Taylor Swift
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: MaleJustin Bieber
Chris Colfer

Zac Efron
Jaden Smith
Justin Timberlake
Choice Male HottieJustin Bieber

Joe Jonas
Taylor Lautner
Robert Pattinson
Ian Somerhalder
Choice Female Hottie
Nina Dobrev

Selena Gomez

Kim Kardashian

Minka Kelly

Mila Kunis
Choice Athlete: Male
Jon Jones (Mixed Martial Arts)

Dirk Nowitzki (Basketball)

Manny Pacquiao (Boxing)

Albert Pujols (Baseball)

Shaun White (Snowboarding/Skateboarding/Surfing)
Choice Athlete: FemaleShawn Johnson (Gymnastics)
Danica Patrick (Auto Racing)

Maria Sharapova (Tennis)
Lindsey Vonn (Ski Racing)
Serena Williams (Tennis)

Choice Comedian
Ellen DeGeneres
Jimmy Fallon
George Lopez
Andy Samberg

Daniel Tosh
Choice Twit
Justin Bieber

Ellen DeGeneres
Ashton Kutcher

Demi Lovato

Homer Simpson
 You have no idea how freaking happy I am that the talentless Kristen Stewert or Twilight wasn't nominated in just about ever catagory.

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It's Official...All 4 Of 'The Voice' Judges Returning For Season 2

The show may have just ended it's first season last night but the hype is still going on about NBC's The Voice.

NBC has now confirmed that all four of the judges/coaches on The Voice - Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton - will be returning for the second season!

The show is set to resume mid-season on Mondays at 8pm.
Our fantastic coaches were integral to the tremendous success of The Voice this year, and we are thrilled that they are all returning,” said Paul Telegdy Alternative Programming at NBC and Universal Media Studios. “We look forward to building Season 2 and making The Voice an even greater experience for fans.”
I think it's pretty awesome that the musicians will all be returning and didn't let the shows huge ratings (or Christina's much higher pay) go to their heads.

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Nick Jonas & Delta Goodrem: LA Lovers

Nick Jonas and Delta Goodrem were spotted out in Los Angeles, California.

The "Burnin' Up" rocker and the Aussie singer looked happy as they went to go watch "Les Miserables".
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Selena Gomez: Press Junket Pretty

Selena Gomez was spotted promoting "Monte Carlo"  in New York City.

The "Who Says" singer looked great as she headed to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for a press junket.
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Leighton & Katie: "Monte Carlo" Mates

Leighton Meester & Katie Cassidy were spotted promoting "Monte Carlo" in New York City.

The "Gossip Girl" costars looked great as they headed to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for a press junket.
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The Mermaid of Galloway by Allan Cunningham

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales From Around the World The Mermaid Of Galloway

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales From Around the World (still discounted to $31.57) has the full ballad of The Mermaid of Galloway by Allan Cunningham that I mentioned in my earlier Mermaid Music and $2 Off Today Only when I recommended Emily Smith's vesion, The Mermaid Of Galloway. So I thought I would share it here today. Please note that Smith's is modernized somewhat, but that is often a boon to modern listeners.

The Mermaid of Galloway
by Allan Cunningham

THERE’S a maid has sat on the green merse side
These ten lang years and mair;
An’ every first night o’ the new moon
She kames her yellow hair.

An’ ay while she sheds the yellow burning gowd,
Fu’ sweet she sings an’ hie,
Till the fairest bird that wooes the green wood,
Is charm’d wi’ her melodie.

But wha e’er listens to that sweet sang,
Or gangs the dame to see,
Ne’er hears the sang o’ the laverock again,
Nor wakens an earthly ee.

It fell in about the sweet simmer month,
I’ the first come o’ the moon,
That she sat o’ the tap of a sea-weed rock,
A-kaming her silk-locks down.

Her kame was o’ the whitely pearl,
Her hand like new-won milk;
Her breasts were all o’ the snawy curd,
In a net o’ sea-green silk.

She kamed her locks owre her white shoulders,
A fleece baith bonny and lang;
An’ ilka ringlet she shed frae her brows,
She raised a lightsome sang.

I’ the very first lilt o’ that sweet sang,
The birds forsook their young;
An’ they flew i’ the gate o’ the grey howlet,
To listen the sweet maid’s song.

I’ the second lilt o’ that sweet sang,
Of sweetness it wes sae fu’;
The tod leap’d out frae the frighted lambs,
And dighted his red-wat mou’.

I’ the very third lilt o’ that sweet sang,
Red lowed the new-woke moon;
The stars drapped blude on the yellow gowan tap,
Sax miles that maiden roun’.

‘I hae dwalt on the Nith,’ quo’ the young Cowehill,
‘These twenty years an’ three,
But the sweetest sang e’er brake frae a lip,
Comes thro’ the green wood to me.

‘O is it a voice frae twa earthly lips,
Whilk makes sic melodie?
It wad wile the lark frae the morning lift,
And weel may it wile me.’

‘I dreamed a dreary thing, master,
Whilk I am rad ye rede;
I dreamed ye kissed a pair o’ sweet lips,
That drapped o’ red heart’s-blede.’

‘Come, haud my steed, ye little foot-page,
Shod wi’ the red gold roun’;
Till I kiss the lips whilk sing sae sweet,’
An’ lightlie lap he down.

‘Kiss nae the singer’s lips, master,
Kiss nae the singer’s chin;
Touch nae her hand,’ quo’ the little foot-page,
‘If skaithless hame ye ’d win.

‘O wha will sit on yere toom saddle,
O wha will bruik yere gluve;
An’ wha will fauld yere erled bride,
I’ the kindly clasps o’ luve?’

He took aff his hat, a’ gold i’ the rim,
Knot wi’ a siller ban’;
He seemed a’ in lowe wi’ his gold raiment,
As thro’ the green wood he ran.

‘The simmer-dew fa’s saft, fair maid,
Aneath the siller moon;
But eerie is thy seat i’ the rock,
Washed wi’ the white sea faem.

‘Come, wash me wi’ thy lilie white hand,
Below and aboon the knee;
An’ I’ll kame thae links o’ yellow burning gold,
Aboon thy bonnie blue ee.

‘How rosie are thy parting lips,
How lilie-white thy skin,
An’ weel I wat thae kissing een
Wad tempt a saint to sin.’

‘Tak aff thae bars an’ bobs o’ gold,
Wi’ thy gared doublet fine;
An’ thraw me aff thy green mantle,
Leafed wi’ the siller twine.

‘An’ all in courtesie, fair knight,
A maiden’s love to win;
The gold lacing o’ thy green weeds
Wad harm her lilie skin.’

Syne coost he aff his green mantle,
Hemm’d wi’ the red gold roun’;
His costly doublet coost he aff
Wi’ red gold flow’red down.

‘Now ye maun kame my yellow hair,
Down wi’ my pearlie kame;
Then rowe me in thy green mantle,
An’ take me maiden hame.

‘But first come take me ’neath the chin,
An’ syne come kiss my cheek;
An’ spread my hanks o’ wat’ry hair,
I’ the new-moon beam to dreep.’

Sae first he kissed her dimpled chin,
Syne kissed her rosie cheek;
And lang he wooed her willin’ lips,
Like heather-hinnie sweet!

‘O! if ye’ ll come to the bonnie Cowehill,
’Mang primrose banks to woo,
I’ll wash thee ilk day i’ the new-milked milk,
An’ bind wi’ gold yere brow.

‘An’ a’ for a drink o’ the clear water
Ye ’se hae the rosie wine,
An’ a’ for the water white lilie,
Ye ’se hae these arms o’ mine.’

‘But what ’ll she say, yere bonnie young bride
Busked wi’ the siller fine,
Whan the rich kisses ye kept for her lips,
Are left wi’ vows on mine?’

He took his lips frae her red-rose mou’,
His arms frae her waist sae sma’;
‘Sweet maiden, I’m in bridal speed,
It’s time I were awa’.

‘O gie me a token o’ luve, sweet May,
A leal luve-token true;’
She crapped a lock o’ yellow golden hair,
An’ knotted it roun’ his brow.

‘O tie nae it sae strait, sweet May,
But with luve’s rose-knot kind;
My head is full of burning pain,
O saft ye maun it bind.’

His skin turned all o’ the red-rose hue,
Wi’ draps o’ bludie sweat;
An’ he laid his head ’mang the water lilies:
‘Sweet maiden, I maun sleep.’

She tyed ae link of her wet yellow hair,
Aboon his buruing bree;
Amang his curling haffet locks
She knotted knurles three.

She weaved owre his brow the white lilie,
Wi’ witch-knots mae than nine;
‘Gif ye were seven times bridegroom owre,
This night ye shall be mine.’

O twice he turned his sinking head,
An’ twice he lifted his ee;
O twice he sought to loose the links
Were knotted owre his bree.

‘Arise, sweet knight, yere young bride waits,
An’ doubts her ale will sour;
An’ wistly looks at the lilie-white sheets,
Down spread in ladie bower.

‘An’ she has preened the broidered silk,
About her white hause-bane;
Her princely petticoat is on,
Wi’ gold can stan’ its lane.’

He faintlie, slowlie, turn’d his cheek,
And faintly lift his ee,
And he strave to loose the witching bands
Aboon his burning bree.

Then took she up his green mantle
Of lowing gold the hem;
Then took she up his silken cap,
Rich wi’ a siller stem;
An’ she threw them wi’ her lilie hand
Amang the white sea faem.

She took the bride ring frae his finger
An’ threw it in the sea;
‘That hand shall mense nae ither ring
But wi’ the will o’ me.’

She faulded him i’ her lilie arms,
An’ took her pearlie kame;
His fleecy locks trailed owre the sand
As she sought the white sea-faem.

First rose the star out owre the hill,
An’ neist the lovely moon;
While the beauteous bride o’ Galloway
Looked for her blythe bridegroom.

Lightlie she sang while the new moon rose,
Blythe as a young bride May,
Whan the New Moon lights her lamp o’ luve,
An’ blinks the bride away.

‘Nithsdale, thou art a gay garden,
Wi’ monie a winsome flower;
But the princeliest rose o’ that garden
Maun blossom in my bower.

‘O gentle be the wind on thy leaf,
And gentle the gloaming dew;
And bonnie and balmy be thy bud,
Of a pure and steadfast hue;
And she who sings this sang in thy praise,
Shall love thee leal and true.’

An’ ay she sewed her silken snood,
An’ sung a bridal sang;
But oft the tears drapt frae her ee,
Afore the grey morn cam’.

The sun leamed ruddie ’mang the dew,
Sae thick on bank and tree;
The plough-boy whistled at his darg,
The milk-may answered hie;
But the lovely bride o’ Galloway
Sat wi’ a tear-wet ee.

Ilk breath o’ wind ’mang the forest leaves—
She heard the bridegroom’s tongue,
And she heard the bridal-coming lilt
In every bird which sung.

She sat high on the tap tower stane,
Nae waiting May was there;
She loosed the gold busk frae her breast,
The kame frae ’mang her hair;
She wiped the tear-blobs frae her ee,
An’ looked lang and sair.

First sang to her the blythe wee bird,
Frae aff the hawthorn green:
‘Loose out the love curls frae yere hair,
Ye plaited sae weel yestreen.’

An’ the spreckled lark frae ’mang the clouds
Of heaven came singing down:
‘Take out the bride-knots frae yere hair
An’ let these lang locks down.’

‘Come, bide wi’ me, ye pair o’ sweet birds,
Come down and bide wi’ me;
Ye sall peckle o’ the bread an’ drink o’ the wine,
And gold yere cage sall be.’

She laid the bride-cake ’neath her head,
An’ syne below her feet;
An’ laid her down ’tween the lilie-white sheets,
An’ soundlie did she sleep!

It seemed i’ the mid-hour o’ the night,
Her siller-bell did ring;
An’ soun’t as if nae earthlie hand
Had pou’d the silken string.

There was a cheek touch’d that ladie’s,
Cauld as the marble stane;
An’ a hand cauld as the drifting snaw
Was laid on her breast-bane.

‘O cauld is thy hand, my dear Willie,
O cauld, cauld is thy cheek;
An’ wring these locks o’ yellow hair,
Frae which the cauld draps dreep.’

‘O seek anither bridegroom, Marie,
On these bosom-faulds to sleep;
My bride is the yellow water lilie,
Its leaves my bridal sheet!’

Originally published in 1810.

Cunningham, Allan. Poems and Songs. London: John Murray, 1847.
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The Mermaid and Great Big Sea

The Hard and the Easy

With my earlier post on Mermaid Music and $2 Off Today Only, I feel prompted to write more about The Hard and the Easy by Great Big Sea one of my favorites of their albums and that it was released long after I had become a fan. I love when that happens.

The Hard and the Easy features twelve traditional Newfoundland tracks since the band hails from there. Well, The Mermaid track isn't so traditional. It is actually based on a poem by Shel Silverstein (yes, that Shel Silverstein) for Playboy Magazine back in 1966. The song is more like a somewhat naughty bar song and that is why Great Big Sea covered it since they enjoy those and this qualifies as one of the most suggestive they've recorded. And, no, it wouldn't qualify as very naughty despite its publishing history.

You can read the lyrics here. Here's a video of a live concert performance:

That said, I enjoy this song but it isn't even one of my favorites on the album. There's not a song on it that I don't like, actually. My favorites are Captain Kidd and The River Driver and Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles) and Concerning Charlie Horse and Tickle Cove Pond. But you can get two songs free with the code today or get $2 off the entire collection. If you like upbeat folkmusic with a slight modern twist, this may charm you.
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David Arquette Tweets Photo Of His Spotted Back...Ouch!

Actor David Arquette tweeted the above photo of himself earlier today, stating:
Cupping” Acupuncture done to my back and it left these giant hickeys on my back. I’m polka dotted!”
I've never had any type of acupuncture done but that just looks like it hurts. Not to mention it doesn't leave a very nice mark...ew.

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Mermaid Music and $2 Off Today Only

 Too Long Away Mermaids & Mariners
Captain Jack and the Mermaid The Hard and the Easy

Through tonight--so act now--Amazon has $2.00 off an MP3 music purchase with the code CLOUDMP3. You can read the details of how to redeem it here. You don't have to spend more than $2.00 so you are essentially getting that much music free.

One of my picks is Emily Smith's full CD or two songs from it, May Colven and The Mermaid Of Galloway, since they go with our most recent hot topics on the blog. May Colven is a ballad of the Child variety, connected with Bluebeard. The Mermaid of Galloway is a ballad by Allan Cunningham that Emily Smith has modernized a bit. Both are excellent.

 The Mermaid Of Galloway

May Colven

Or there is Captain Jack and the Mermaid by Meg Davis.

Captain Jack and the Mermaid

And one of my personal favorites because I am quite simply a huge Great Big Sea fan.

The Mermaid

And the code will work on anything, of course, but I wanted to make recommendations pertinent to this site, but you can get anything from Lady Gaga to Buddy Holly or a salute to him. All up to you.
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