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Thread #69252   Message #1172901
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
27-Apr-04 - 11:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Eighteenth of June
Subject: RE: Origins: Eighteen of June
The Roud Folk Song Index lists this at number 2539; at present Henry Burstow's set is the only example in the index. His text and tune were published in The Journal of the Folk Song Society, vol II (issue 8, 1906) p 193; numerous small changes and interpolations have been made to it -either by Rod Stradling or Frank Harte- if the transcription here is anything to go by.

Henry said that he had learned the song "from a soldier in the Rifle Brigade who fought at Waterloo". The composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who noted the tune in November 1905, mentioned that it bore some resemblance to The Green Mossy Banks of the Lea. Variants of that tune, and of the similar Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow, were very common at the time, so that doesn't really tell us anything useful about provenance. Such tunes were pressed into all manner of jobs that required a standard triple-time metre.