We’re staying sat on our logs around the fire for this one as Jon recalls, “Yet another FSC song. I’ve never been totally comfortable with the ‘what got drownded’ line, but there it is and a great one for harmonies none the less.” I’ve read suggestions that this is either American from British fragments, possibly via the Caribean, but I have to agree with Jon the phrasing is strange. This Mudcat thread is reasonably interesting and comes up with another song in the middle, not to mention a mondegreen from Pete Seeger, who sang this often, which puts the song in a whole new light! This is delightfully mournful and a lovely tune (although not one for Sainsburys) and I like the concertina here very much.
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