The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4291   Message #2140371
Posted By: GUEST,padgett
04-Sep-07 - 05:50 AM
Thread Name: A note to Three Score and Ten
Subject: RE: A note to Three Score and Ten
Yes very interesting

I am familiar with all the difficulties in this song having heard it first as one contributor said in Barnsley at The King George and Civic fcs

Jim Potter was the man in the 1960s and he has recently come back from Whitby ff, Jim is 78 y.o.

Now I don't know where he got it from but probably the Watersons who got it from Hudleston's SOTR which has been pointed out has some 'mondegreens', even so it is a fine song and yes there is another verse as pointed out not sung very often

I dont think it really matters whether it is Up or Down it is a fine song nonetheless

The SOTR Hudleston do indeed carry a set of words and The Yorkshire Post recorded said Jim Potter with me John Greaves Ray Black and Steve Gardham whilst we were there ~ there is an online video of us currently as well as an article in last Saturdays YP

I have SOTR which are available from me and are of excellent academic interest. It is always difficult to work out certain words from recordings as you will appreciate and those working on this "telephone book " of songs [not us] did a good if not perfect job of it

The Yorkshire Garland Web site will have this song sung by Jim and "Three Score and Ten" folk group which has Brian Senior and Ivan Robinson in the chorus, words lyrics provenance notes by Steve Gardham, music notation and a midi with many others

Web site is in place but we are currently putting all the information on will be 80 songs by next May (should be)so not public yet [free download for non commercial use] eventually

Ray Padgett (at work retiring in 3 weeks!)