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Thread #110621   Message #2322605
Posted By: Ruth Archer
22-Apr-08 - 11:52 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
That's interesting, Brian: in A Touch on the Times (1974) Roy Palmer gives the Lloyd version, more or less, and reports that it was collected by Lloyd in Widnes as late as 1951. It doesn't make reference to the verses

"At weaver lads she looked in scorn
I wish that a weaver I'd ne'er been born"

or

"The factory maid is like a queen
With handloom weavers she'll not be seen."

Or to other versions at all. Presumably it was later that he decided that Lloyd had cobbled the song from multiple sources.