Jon recalls “I remember my Gran (who died recently) singing me this as a child. If it had only been traditional I could get lots of folk points for that! I often sing this at festival soundchecks when the audience are watching (an awkward arrangement!) – the audience normally finish the chorus off.”
Sounds like a winner to me. Whatever you think of the merits of the song there’s a strange coincidence here. The song is the opening number of the musical Oklahoma and according to Wiki the show grew out of an unsuccessful play, which was adapted by a theatre group to include folk songs. It inspired the musical and Rogers and Hammerstein compositions that turned the fortunes of the flop around to become one of the longest running stage hits of all time and one of the landmarks of the Musical genre. There isn’t much else to say about it although there’s an extensive Wiki entry for the stage show should you wish to know more.