I’m most intrigued by this one and Jon recalls, “Eliza taught me this on a long car journey whilst on tour somewhere. I think she learnt it from Jill Pidd. Although the range isn’t too huge, you need to be able to sing it pretty full on at both ends, so can be a toughy if you pitch it wrong.”
What has my curiosity is that this seems to have some extras when compared with the various versions transcribed on Mainly Norfolk. I detect a couple of verses floating in from elsewhere – Farewell Lovely Nancy in fact – albeit slightly scrambled. It intrigues me further as the suggestion is made that Vaughan Williams was rather careless with this one and possibly lost some of the verses. I guess this is someone’s attempt to plug the gap. Given that this variant of a fairly common theme seems to have only cropped up once, it seems unfortunate that better care wasn’t taken with it. But then again I suppose that’s the folk process in action once more with the flipside of the additional verses.