The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #131251 Message #2969924
Posted By: Marje
21-Aug-10 - 06:05 AM
Thread Name: Shepherd of the Downs (Copper Family)
Subject: RE: Shepherd of the Downs (Copper Family)
Thanks for the various contributed versions of this song. I've known the Copper version for years, but always felt that the 4th verse had suffered from some misremembering. The first two lines don't rhyme, and the repeated "disguised in her face" makes little sense. I think I can now tweak and improve my version using some of the other variants.
For me, the change from "Shepherd Adonis" to "Shepherd of the Downs" is a great adaptation - it keeps the pastoral context of the song but brings it into the real world familiar to singers.