Jon simply introduces this as “A bit of music-hall sauce from Bellamy.”
Bellamy picked this one up from the great source singer Harry Cox, a native of Norfolk and it appeared on his first solo LP, which Reinhard’s site is named after, Mainly Norfolk, where you can read his original notes. Whilst it’s a bit ‘Ooo-er, missus,’ it raised a smile, so to speak, but then I also came across this link that adds some detail to the travelling musicians whose exploits are being parodied here. It’s rather sad to note the ‘foreigners coming over here and under cutting us and stealing our jobs,’ line of a news piece dated in the mid C19th, although I guess ‘twas ever thus. We’ve apparently learnt very little in 150 years, however, although we are also not alone in that regard. Anyway I guess it’s always been part of the mythos of the travelling, door to door jobber, milkmen, plumbers, window cleaners, even beggars to pander to the neglected, house-bound wife’s needs. Quite who’s fantasy this is, however, is moot.
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