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Thread #110621   Message #2323480
Posted By: Les in Chorlton
23-Apr-08 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
Thanks Terry, this sums it up rather well:

"create the verses that the people should have sung but carelessly forgot to do so"

And this gives me an idea:

"A couple of years ago I heard Martin Simpson wryly explaining the origins of Peggy and the Soldier, telling us that Bert 'came up with' some extra verses."

Much is made of the many versions of songs that have been collected "from the field". How many versions of Barbra Alan from how many people? If a review of Bertsongs showed a disproportionate number of songs from only one mysterious source what would we think?