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Thread #3289   Message #135613
Posted By: Sandy Paton
13-Nov-99 - 04:34 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Wren in the Furze (Chieftains)
Subject: RE: wren in the furze
If this posting shows up twice, it's because I'm still a cyber-klutz. Lost it the first time!

Bert Lloyd used to sing the "Milder to Maulder" (spelling??) version when we knew him in London in 1958. Lomax also collected a variant called "Billy Barlow" in Texas, in which the target of the hunt is a rat, not a wren. Sort of a "Derby Ram" spin off. Alan Lomax himself recorded it once, on his Texas Folksongs LP, I think. That's a fun record, by the way; find it, if you can.

Sandy (still learning)