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Thread #110621   Message #2322466
Posted By: Brian Peters
22-Apr-08 - 08:41 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
'Bold Lovell', which I learned from Roy Harris's singing on the great LP, 'Champions of Folly' is acknowledged on the sleeve notes (which Bert Lloyd wrote) as having been 'adapted a bit' by Lloyd himself from 'The New Green Mountain Songster', a collection of songs made by Helen Hartness Flanders in Vermont. If you look up the original you can find any number of textual changes, in particular the substitution of a new chorus: 'The Devil's in the women, so they say....' for the original 'Dol-de-dol-der-it....'. This may be based on a line from 'Whisky in the Jar', which has a similar storyline.

Most of the other changes are cosmetic, although it's interesting that the 'Irish cap and feather' in the original has been altered to 'highway cap and feather', and a spurious reference to Chatham inserted, allowing me to believe for many years that the song was possibly English in origin.

Having discovered the truth about the song, I carried on singing it regardless, and still enjoy doing so.