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Thread #37992 Message #2072767
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
10-Jun-07 - 08:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Strawberry Fair
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strawberry fair
In answer, six years later, to IanC, 21 Aug 01, "Whither Are You Going, Pretty Maid" / "Strawberry Leaves Make Maidens Fair" seems to have no relationship to "Strawberry Fair."
What the Opies' version does resemble is the song "Dabbling In the Dew" (makes the milkmaid fair), which was printed in Sharp's 100 English Folk Songs.
And, despite its placement among nursery rhymes, a remarkably frank version at that, as children's songs occasionally are.