Now this is an interesting little insight as Jon says, “This is one of a number of songs that I used as a template when I first started singing – learning each of June Tabor’s ornaments pretty much note for note. I’ve probably strayed a bit from it now but it’s a very good way of assimilating technical tricks of the trade.” This link suggests an Irish oral tradition through the Makem family and Sarah Makem in particular, who according to this at least, was a major font of traditional song. If anyone can add anything here please do. I’ve also seen lyrics for a Scottish version and suspect that the origins are somewhat foggy as I can’t filter a decent Mudcat thread, although this will take you to the lyrics. Again any additional detail you can add will be most welcome. I must confess this one caught me by surprise as I didn’t see the dark deed coming, although hey! This is folk music and I should have guessed. The inferred motive is probably another unwanted pregnancy and as such, I suppose this is simply a warning story to all the young lasses. Although if every such occurrence had followed the folk model, we’d probably have about half the UK population. Those seeking the June Tabor version, by the way, it’s on Aqaba, which is currently awaiting an imminent midprice reissue by Topic.
The buy links should now work properly. We had some problems with a duplicate track and everything needed to be updated, but I’ve just tested them and they are now OK!
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