I think Jon hits the nail on the head when he calls this “A truly horrible song – only really useful if you get in to a ‘who can sing the most gruesome song’ contest (it happens). Pete Flood discovered this in a broadside and set it for the Bellowhead version. The tune he wrote is great for Bellowhead but doesn’t work unaccompanied so I’m using Rounding The Horn.”
I’ve never had the ‘pleasure’ of a most gruesome song competition, but having been through a fair degree of murder, death and general misfortune in the course of this project, it’s fair to say the climax of this one takes the biscuit. A warning then to all you fair maidens on the dangers of drink and a all you idle, rich lotharios beware your wanton ways as upsetting the wrong widow can have dire consequences for the tootsies amongst other parts(Oo-er!) To be found on Matachin of course and you can check Mainly Norfolk for the details of that. As a distraction from the festering remains, this Mudcat thread offers an entertaining beginners guide to cursing and I’d have to agree it’s rather a shame its gone out of fashion… I can think of a few I’d lay a hex on!!
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