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Ted from Australia Origins: Sweep Chimney Sweep (15) RE: SWEEP CHIMNEY SWEEP 10 Jul 99

Smack probably refer to a kiss for the bride , it was and still is common in some parts of England to have a chimmny sweep attend at weddings as they are thought to bring good luck.
As part of the luck giving the sweep would kiss the bride.
'Smack' is a "loud kiss" (OED).
This song predates the 50s when my wife (who is a "Pom" )tells me that sweeps were plentifull in the north of England where the prime source of household heating was the coal fire

Regards Ted

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