In reply to Matthew Edwards of 28.11.2012 -
I think you're on to something there. The CD is 'Out with me gun in the morning' on Steeple Bumpstead, and Alf Peachy sings 'Blow ye winds'. I've not managed to find out if the lyrics to that song fit the 76 76 x2 patern of RVW's tune and if any one has the words I'd kill for a peep. Might even by them a beer some time.
In the mean time, Stan Hugil (Shanties of the Seven Seas) has, on p222 under the title 'Blow, ye winds' a first line -
'Twas on a Sunday morning, down 'cross the Southern Sea'
That could so easily become
'On the fourteenth day of February, way down the southern seas'
if you're 70 years old and a strange, posh man is making you nervous by trying to write down a song you haven't sung for ages. It's even possible that Alf's song is related to Stan's.
Thanks for the idea Matthew. I'll keep chasing.