Another from Jon’s Oxford days and he recalls it being “Sung by Joe Ryan, legendary landlord of the Half Moon (and many other Oxford pubs) and a wonderful singer in his own right.” This is one of those songs with more to it than meets the eye. This Wiki link gives two possible authors for this and this Mudcat thread builds on the possibility of the second via Vin Garbutt’s sleeve notes for his recorded version. Following one of the links at the bottom of the Wiki page gives you this, which seems sure of itself, if a little too melodramatic to be entirely plausible. You might have expected a little more of the detail to make the song were this chain of events true, or am I getting a bit cynical in my research.
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