Jon recalls, “Sharron Kraus used to sing this at the Half Moon – always brought the house down. I’ve read a few strange articles claiming that this has something to do with Jesus. I suspect not.”
Hmmm. I’d tend to agree with that last comment too. I know Jesus was supposed to be the fisher of men, but the last time I looked he wasn’t proposing marriage or wearing gold chains, mind you it might be metaphorical marriage and gold of course. This one seems to be known widely across the country with both Harry Cox and The Coppers having it in their repertoire. Jon’s source for this, however, was Maddy prior and Tim Hart and they raise the Christian allegory theory, whilst slyly noting that “…it could be a very classic love story.” Mainly Norfolk covers this well and efforts to turn up much more of merit have faltered on the other song of the same title, as performed by Humphry Bogart in The African Queen.