Author Archives: SongShepherd

About SongShepherd

Singer, musician & cyclist.

The American Stranger

Ewan MacColl suggested that this song was current before 1776. The present version is from England, but the song is particularly popular in Scotland, where it seems to have originated.

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Green Grow The Leaves

A girl in a class I taught brought this rhyme in for me one day. It’s one of many songs I collected over 40 years, and one of the more mysterious. I discovered nothing about its origins, or any more … Continue reading

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Love Will Never Conquer Me

I’m glad of everyone who comes to these pages, and the welcome visits of someone from Ireland reminded of this song which was written by Francis McPeake. I’m surprised I didn’t sing it more often in my professional days in … Continue reading

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So Fair Are The Flowers In The Valley

After singing at a Dorset folk club in the 1970s I was kindly invited back to a really old cottage for the night. The next day they took me to see an artist friend living right on the beach who … Continue reading

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Jenny, Fair Jen

Max Hunter collected ‘Jenny, Fair Jen’ from Reba Dearmore of Mountain Home, Arkansas 1969. The superb photo is from The Kirsten Project – 1854.

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She’d Kept It All For Me!

The original version of this witty product of the Music Halls era, to which I added several lines, a tune and a happy ending, was originally performed, and perhaps written, by Arthur Lloyd 1840 – 1904.

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The Golden Glove

An elaborate way to get your man, and it worked. The gloves are from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Lucky Jim

Written by Charles Horwitz & Frederick Bowers in 1896, Lucky Jim was a little-known song until the oft-repeated chorus was heard in the 1957 film of Kingsley Amis’s 1954 novel, though the song tells a completely different story.

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The Penny Wager

The young man in our song has good reason to be sanguine if his life always runs as smoothly and carefree as this. Free lodgings and a kiss from the landlady! Incidentally, I laughed at one point in this song … Continue reading

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The Lark In The Morning

On one of David Attenborough’s programmes there was film of a lark hovering high in the sky. A hawk repeatedly swooped to attack it, but at every dive the lark swerved and the hawk missed. And all the while the … Continue reading

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