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Thread #110621 Message #2724425
Posted By: Phil Edwards
15-Sep-09 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
Santa - having checked Mary Barton and the Jone O'Grinfield broadside, I think we can say Bert's off the hook with regard to this one. The "fight with blood up to th'een" line is in the broadside, I think (the printing gets very smudgy at just that point). The relevant verse is also in Mrs Gaskell's version, although she seems not to have liked the idea of a weaver's wife talking about fighting the power - rather than "fight till she was in blood up to her eyes", she has the woman saying she'd sew up her own mouth and eyes.