Jon says, “I love Magpie Lane’s version of this. So do they – they’ve recorded it twice, once on Six For Gold and previously on Jack In The Green. We’ve basically nicked their arrangement too.”
I guess this one is not so much Percy Thrower as well, just plain old ‘Percy’!! Some coded lubriciousness that according to Mainly Norfolk is the first song that Cecil Sharp collected and it seems from that note that this dates to at least 1689. There appear to be several close relations mostly about sprigs of thyme, although those seem a might more cautionary, while this seems more willing. In fact if this Mudcat thread is on the mark there are close to 200 versions or variations on a theme (including one Child Ballad.) There’s also reference to the movie version of Far From The Madding Crowd, which isn’t the first I’ve seen in my research. I must say I’d like to see that now as I’d probably appreciate it. I had to study the book for O level and it was thus forever blighted, but if songs like this are in the soundtrack it’s ripe for rediscovery.
Bonus track: I Sowed The Seeds Of Love (Live at South St. Arts Centre Reading 16th Feb)
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