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Thread #89850   Message #1698365
Posted By: Paul Burke
20-Mar-06 - 03:43 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Weila weila waila
Subject: RE: Origins: Weila weila waila
It's another song that has been thoroughly appropriated as "Irish" despite being widespread in all its forms, from high tragic ballad to kids' game song, throughout the English speaking world and probably well beyond.

My Mum's version, (Agecroft, just by Dave the Gnome, near Manchester UK, 1920s)

There was a lady dressed in green
Airey airey I-do
There was a lady dressed in green
Down by the river side-o.

Etc. much as the weelia version.