Jon says, “I heard this first round a campfire on FSC sung beautifully by Meg. I later heard a version on the Fellside Anne Briggs compilation – this is a conflation of the two versions I think.”
Anne’s A Collection CD is still available via Topic in a slightly expanded form. The notes from Bert Lloyd are interesting on this and you can read those at Mainly Norfolk. This Mudcat thread picks up the idea of it being a shanty. Whilst I can’t say categorically that it’s Anne’s version being discussed the suggestion of a slow tempo shanty being quite serviceable is interesting. It does however seems a little mournful and I also think Bert’s idea of a surviving ballad fragment is possible, but having also read he was prone to putting his own spin on things, I wonder. As a ballad it surely belongs in the night visiting group.
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