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Thread #71063 Message #1218979
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
03-Jul-04 - 02:56 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Go and leave me if you wish it
Subject: RE: Origins: Go and leave me if you wish it
Although Go and leave me is the tune Armstrong intended for his song, that published by A L Lloyd in Come All Ye Bold Miners (revised edition, 1978, p 183) and quoted at Folkinfo, is a different one, taken from oral currency. Lloyd commented of Trimdon Grange, "... now it is usually heard attached to the come-all-ye type tune given here."
Martin Carthy's recording of Trimdon Grange employs at any rate a form of the original Go and leave me tune; he learned it from Bob Davenport, and it is very close to Columbus Stockade, for instance.
I don't think that Peggy Seeger meant to imply that Go and leave me was a Scottish song; she wrote, "In Scotland it was called Go and Leave Me (If You Wish It). So it was; but it had the same name in England and Ireland as well.