TUNE Georgia Lewis & Friends - The Snow It Melts
"The Snows They Melt the Soonest" (Roud 3154) is a British folk song dating back at least as far as 1821. It was mentioned, along with the lyrics, in Blackwood's Magazine (Edinburgh) of that year.
The melody was printed in Bruce and Stokoe's Northumbrian Minstrelsy in 1882, which also mentioned its publication in 1821 and noted that the contributor of the song was Thomas Doubleday (1790–1870), who put it to a melody ("My Love is Newly Listed") learned from a Newcastle street singer. Thomas Doubleday was a radical agitator who often contributed to Blackwood's.
Here the lyrics draw from many versions (namely Anne Briggs & Dick Gaughan). The story here describes the bet between a young lass and lad, where the lad believes he will forget ever being with her and she thinks he will not and will return.
" And when a young man tells me that my face he'll soon forget
Before we part, I'd bet a crown, he'd be fain to follow it yet"
She then argues and demonstrate the power in love:
"Oh the snow it melts the soonest when the winds begin to sing,
And true love is far stronger still, than any golden ring,
I've seen a young man's anger melt between the night and morn,
So it's surely not a harder thing to tame a young man's scorn"
The final verse is self-penned to demonstrate how love prevails, despite his belief that he did not care for her, he remains faithful in the end.
"You never wished me farewell then, No Farewell did I receive,
For like the swallow without a thought, And the harmless bee,
And all the flowers in all the land, where-ever they may be,
For the snows they melt the soonest, when my loves home with me."