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GUEST,AlanG at work Origins: William and Nancy's Parting (5) RE: Origins: William and Nancy's parting (Jones) 19 Dec 13

You'll find it at Round 551 in the VW memorial library.

Cecil Sharp collected Lisbon in 1904 from Mrs Lock of Muchelney Ham, Somerset. Ralph Vaughan Williams and A.L. Lloyd included this version in 1959 in their book The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Nic Jones recorded this ballad as William and Nancy's Parting in 1971 for his eponymous second album, Nic Jones. He commented in the album notes:

The words of this are from a Manchester broadside. It follows a typical state of events when Nancy wants to go to the wars with William and he, for numerous reasons, some stated, some possibly unstated, wishes her to stay at home and wait for him to return. It closes with an optimistic prayer. As there was no tune given to the words, I adapted part of the tune called The Blackbird.

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