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Thread #28009   Message #1338004
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
24-Nov-04 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Rain & Snow / Cold Rain and Snow
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rain & Snow
Not mentioned by Malcolm, but he discussed these songs under "On Monday Morning" in Notes on Songs, p. 104, of his revision of the Penguin Book of English Folksongs- "Classic English Folk Songs," 2003, The English Folk Dance & Song Society.

There seem to be a large number of these songs about unsatisfactory wives stemming from the 18th century, including Charles Dibdin's "The Tidy One."
(It must have been a trying period for husbands).