Jon says, “Another one taught to me by Eliza Carthy for the Rough Music album. The choice of verses is by Eliza, as is choice of tune (there are hundreds of versions of this song).” A fair comment and Mainly Norfolk has further thoughts on the matter from Bert Lloyd and some links to follow through to other songs with a similar theme. It’s one of those that doesn’t quite make sense in retaining what seems like a ceremonial funeral procession with it’s military overtones, but is a sad tale none the less. Unsurprisingly Jon follows Eliza’s version that by her own admission is a hybrid of several different strands and songs from different traditions. I guess that’s the folk process in action.
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