Tried to post this to TradSongs (YahooGroups) but it was rejected.
I wonder if anyone has researched the songs of the Skeletons (forerunners of the Bonfire Boys of Sussex)?
There's a fascinating article here:
Menace to sobriety: When Salvationists fought Skeletons
"In response to the "soup, soap, salvation" slogan [of the Salvation Army], Skeleton banners read "beef, beer and bacca". Makeshift uniforms were cobbled together by the Skeletons, and the Salvation bands were drowned out by a cacophony of whistles, horns and drums wielded by Skeletons, who sang their own songs, often with obscene or threatening lyrics."