The photos are of Avebury in Wiltshire because I don’t have any good ones of Stanton Drew. Most stone circles in Britain are linked to ancient legends, some similar to The Dancers of Stanton Drew. The song was written by Muriel Holland and Jim Parker and published by the English Folk Dance & Song Society in 1971.
Many a folk song sailor learns that he’s only welcome if his pockets are full. The Green Bed is a typical tale with a suitably just conclusion.
The photo is from tumblr.
Not the Diamond in our photos but the magnificent bark Europa (with thanks to Classic Sailing.co.uk). Not the Arctic either, but the Antarctic. Whales are sighted on the voyages, but none harmed. Naturally.
Words by Alfred H Boddy, tune traditional, the song was broadcast and printed more than once for BBC Schools’ music programmes. Ship’s cats were, and perhaps still are, a feature of navy life. My father’s ship, HMS Cumberland, once had a dog as mascot.
Irving Gordon 1951
This, the epitome of English traditional song, was sung by Alfred Edgell of Chew Magna, Somerset, to Cecil Sharp on 26 December 1907.
This song, a product of the early music halls, was sung by my paternal grandmother, with much chuckling, in the 1950’s. A ‘nark’ is a disagreeable surprise, and ‘glifted’ means frightened.