Jon referes to his time with Eliza saying, “Another one we did with the Ratcatchers – we never recorded it but there may be some versions on YouTube.” So it’s no surprise to find this amongst the Watersons’ canon and therefore on Mainly Norfolk. I was just thinking as this played it had an obvious hymnal crossover in lyrics and structure and the I read Bert Lloyd’s notes on their recording of this. Apart from sealing the veracity of my thinking, it did make me wonder about other such songs that perhaps came through ‘the folk movement’ rather than the higher brow composers. It seems also that the religious fervor here didn’t necessarily sit well with the powers that be and thus when apparent order was restored, how many songs were cast adrift by the hymn book editing process. Then of course we get back to Monks Gate and A Blacksmith Courted Me from the end of July. And yes YouTube coughs up at least one version as Jon suggests, not the worst, but not the best… I’m inclined to play the quality trump card, but what the hell! Jon mentioned it so here it is.
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