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GUEST,Jim Ward Lyr Req: My Darling Blue Haired Boy (30) RE: Lyr Req: My Darling Blue Haired Boy 21 Aug 03

The Blue Haired Boy was very well known in Sussex and I have a recording of George 'Pop' Maynard of Copthorne singing it in 1955 when he was well into his 80's. The song was mentioned by Arthur Beckett in his book 'Spirit Of The Downs' first published in 1909. He describes his visit to a pub in the Sussex village of Sutton on the day of an agricultural fair when the bar was full of farm labourers, drinking, singing and swearing. He describes them as a bunch of bucolic tosspots whose favourite song was a vocal monstrosity about a "Blue Haired Boy". Arthur prints the chorus which is virtually identical to Pop Maynards-

He's gone forever more at the age of ninety-four,
There's nothing in the world his life could save,
I am going to the brick-fields to fullfill his last request,
To plant a bunch of turnips on his grave.

Beckett's chorus is the same except the 2nd line is
"He died on the fifty-ninth of May".

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