The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #29462   Message #1432042
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
11-Mar-05 - 12:56 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Rares Hill / Reres Hill / Rare's Hill
Subject: RE: LYRC ADD and ?? - Back of Rare's Hill
I'm inclined to be suspicious of material recorded by the Old Blind Dogs; they rarely credit their sources, so it can be difficult to tell if it's the real thing or not. In this case I suspect a spot of self-indulgent re-writing by someone who didn't feel comfortable singing a song from a woman's point of view.

There is a version of Rere's Hill re-made as for a male narrator (version 3 in Nigel Gatherer's book) but entirely different from the text Jim posts, which seems to be a re-write of the best-known traditional set, probably made by the band. A pity that they felt the need to do that; it quite destroys the poignancy of the original song.