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Thread #110621   Message #2338856
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
12-May-08 - 08:22 PM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
The refreshed "Paddy and the Whale" thread now shows how Lloyd altered that song from a simple tale of an Irishman accidentally swallowed on his way to England into a comic whaling epic set in Antarctic waters.

He may also have added the tune. My very old notes do not indicate whether Greenleaf & Mansfield provided one when they printed the only known traditional text in 1933.

As far as I can see, the Bodleian has no broadside version of the song, though an Irishman does get swallowed up near Greenland in this otherwise unrelated ballad:

http://bodley24.bodley.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/acwwweng/ballads/image.pl?ref=Harding+B+11(4100)&id=05035.gif&seq=1&size=0