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Thread #71547   Message #1225371
Posted By: Matthew Edwards
14-Jul-04 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Horses of May Day (Harry Basnett)
Subject: RE: Horses of May Day?
Hi, Chris. As already explained, the song has nothing to do with the Padstow Obby Oss, but a lot to do with the quite common ceremonial parades of horses in towns and villages all over the north of England on May Day. The horses were decorated and groomed, sometimes in a quite fiercely competitive spirit. The custom goes back at least to the mid-19th century and lasted well into the 20th. I wish Harry would come back online to tell some more about it. I've taken down the lyrics from his CD but I'd just like to check them with him first.

Matthew