Now Jon’s got me intrigued again saying, “A classic from the Copper family. Some versions have ‘shrimps of the sea’ which used to result in a variety of shrimp impressions from the assembled company at the Half Moon. Safest to stick with fish methinks.”Shrimp impressions! Now that I have to see, but Jon does use the ‘sh’ word here as well. Anyway, Mainly Norfolk has some details of recordings of this and the Copper’s song index has this as The Foresaken Mermaid, which strikes me as a slightly odd title for the story line, as the song’s unfortunate subject drowns – surely not something any self respecting mermaid would do. I liked the note about Martyn Wyndham-Read’s version from Paul Adams that the “tune is a little intricate, but Martyn is more than a match for it and tackles it with great relish.” I think the same applies here.
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