Jon picked this one up from Nic Jones and says, “There’s something quite Shakespearean about this one. Cross dressing has all sorts of sociological undertones – in this case quite directly about the reversal of courtship roles. Nic Jones sings a roll on the penultimate note of the first line (‘we’ in the first verse for example) that I have been practising for 10 years and still can’t get.” I must say this one caught me out as I was waiting for the murder at the end but unusually, it all turned out nicely. Reinhard has the Nic Jones recording covered on Mainly Norfolk and there’s quite a lot of Mudcat stuff, which you canbrowse, with at least one alternate title of Dog And Gun. I wonder whether this is has any real life event behind it, or is it just pure fantasy. Either way it’s a fine tale handsomely delivered and somewhat the opposite of yesterday’s Tawney song in its attention to detail. Just to add a little twist at the end here’s a link to an American version, although as the title clearly shows taken from the English, still it’s an interesting little variation.
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