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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.
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
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
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
Max Hunter collected ‘Jenny, Fair Jen’ from Reba Dearmore of Mountain Home, Arkansas 1969. The superb photo is from The Kirsten Project – 1854.
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.
An elaborate way to get your man, and it worked. The gloves are from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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.
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