A Boden tune here as Jon says, “After setting this lyric from Folk Songs Of The Upper Thames I then heard Will Noble sing a Yorkshire version with a not entirely dissimilar tune. Fay has now taken this on and improved my melody somewhat.”
Intriguingly this is another that appears in Sussex from George “Pop” Maynard, as well as the Thames Valley and interestingly to back up Jon’s comment Sheffield. If the notes at Mainly Norfolk are anything to go by, then this was a widespread and therefore you would think, popular broadside. It seems odd therefore that many collectors apparently ignored it and even Mudact is lacking. I must say I like Jon’s tune for this, although feel rather sorry for the poor lass. Mind you, perhaps she just didn’t fancy him.