The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4291   Message #23150
Posted By: Wolfgang Hell
06-Mar-98 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: A note to Three Score and Ten
Subject: A note on Three Score and Ten
I had always thought that "Three Score and Ten" was traditional in the sense that no author was known anymore; and "traditional" is the label given to this song on many of its recordings. I was quite surprised to find recently (source: R. Palmer, The Oxford Book of Seasongs) a note giving an author for the lyrics and telling the tale of how this song became "traditional" and, in that process, lost the correct dating of the disaster. Here's the note from Palmer in full length with a few corrections from another source: Isn't that a fine story illustrating the transition from a song(poem?)writers work to a folksong?