General Information

The few concertina notes we hear outside the pub as Howie comes in the first time sounds like the intro to The Landlord's daughter.

Cinefantatsique: ""The Landlord's Daughter" is the most manufactured song in the film"...."based on an 18th century song which was a bit weirder. (What song?) The idea for the other song was completely original with me." (Giovanni)... This was recorded live in the pub. "Landlord's Daughter vocals were recorded 'wild' on set which is why they're out of time in the film and unusable for the cd." - Gary Carpenter, Jan 6, 2016, Facebook Wicker Man group.

Peter Shaffer rewrote lyrics from Sharp. (Creetown Scotland website)    

The Shaffer and Pitt scripts have another song instead of this in that scene. It appears to be The Hostess's Daughter. All choruses, it goes:


A land lord had one daughter

And a nice young girl too she was 

Above her garters I dare not go

I being a stranger I fell in danger 

For doing so, for doing so.


I sowed some seed, all in some grove 

All in some grove, there grows no green 

Now for to repeat I could not stir

I being a stranger, I fell in danger 

For doing so, for doing so.


When nine long months was gone and past 

This pretty girl had a fine son at last

Now she must keep  it and  call it her own

And reap the seed that I have sown 

For doing so, for doing so.

Hear Martin Carthy singing a similar song called I Sowed Some Seeds.


Lyrics from Steve P's website.


HARBOR MASTER: Much has been said of the strumpets of yore,

Of wenches and bawdy house queens by the score,

But I sing of a baggage that we all adore,

ALL: The landlord's daughter.

A2 (on Silva Screen and Trunk versions only)

O, her lips are as rose as her wine is a treat,

Her whisky is good and her figure is neat,

And while she is serving her bitter she's sweet,

The landlord's daughter.


ALL: You'll never love another,

OAK: Although she's not the kind of girl,

To take home to your mother!


BROOME: Her ale it is lively and strong to the taste,

BAKER: It is brewed with discretion – never with haste,

SCHOOLMASTER: You can have all you like if you swear not to waste,

ALL: The landlord's daughter.


ALL: And when her name is mentioned,

LENNOX: The parts of every gentleman,

Do stand up at attention!


ALL: Now there's Jane of the Blossom and Doll of the Crown,

Pretty Kate of the Garter and Star down in town,

Fat Dolly who keeps the Red Heart of renown,

But I'll take the landlord's daughter.


ALL: O, nothing can delight so,

LENNOX: As does the part that lies between,

FISHMONGER: Her left toe...

LENNOX: ...and her right toe!

Instrumental break is ended by Howie's banging on the table.

Also hear a few fiddle pizzicato notes as MacGreagor stands by the missing harvest festival photograph.


Director's Cut


A1, B1, A2, B2, A3, B3, instrumental break 2x - Longest on film

Theatrical version


A1, B1, A2, B2, B3, instrumental break 2x

Final Cut


A1, B1, A2, B2, B3, instrumental break 2x

Note: The Silva Screen and Trunk versions do not use the same singers in the same order seen in any movie version. It is Paul Giovanni disguising his voice for the "The parts of every gentleman, Do stand up at attention." part! "Gently Johnny was coming up shortly after so it shouldn't sound like the same person." - Gary Carpenter.

Silva Screen


A1, A2, B1, A3, B2, A4, B3, instrumental break 2x, humming chorus.

Trunk Records


A1, B1, A2, B2, B3, instrumental break 2x

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