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Thread #44435   Message #1419303
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
24-Feb-05 - 02:43 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Annan Waters
Subject: RE: Words to Annan Waters
Yes, 215: Rare Willie Drowned in Yarrow. The DT file has Annan Water as number 4, heaven knows why.

Really, there isn't much relationship to Willie, though the plot is vaguely similar and the first verse made on the same model. Bronson, who could, if he had chosen, have included the tune from Smith as an appendix to 214, didn't bother; so he presumably saw no significant connection. Child does mention a broadside in the Laing collection (late 17th or early 18th century), Allan Water, or, A Lover in Captivity and quotes the first four lines (of 24) which are much as we have here. Unfortunately, he didn't quote the rest.