Neatly including today’s date in the lyrics, Jon picked this up from The Watersons, of whom he says, “My first introduction to The Watersons was on a Topic LP Sea Songs that I borrowed from Winchester library at a tender age. I had heard Norma sing on the first Waterson:Carthy album but was absolutely knocked out by the ferocity of the sound the three siblings and cousin John could produce. This was one of three Waterson tracks on the album.” You’ll find it on currently on The Waterson’s Early Days CD and this Mainly Norfolk post tells you just about everything you need to know. Note the considerable differences between Bert Lloyd and The Waterson’s versions, with the latter greatly abridged. Jon’s take is equally short and unfortunately I can’t lay my hands on a ‘full-fat’ version as it doesn’t seem to be currently available. Mainly Norfolk also quotes the sleeve notes from the CDs and reveals that the year of 1864 in this version of the song is historically inaccurate, as the song is easily 140 years older than that. Mudcat has little extra to add to that but here’s a thread should you require it.
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