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Thread #28795   Message #2972345
Posted By: GUEST,Jim
25-Aug-10 - 04:09 AM
Thread Name: Gunnerside Gill
Subject: RE: Gunnerside Gill
Spot on! This was one of the early songs which Allen wrote in the late 1970s and is based upon the fact that the 1851 census was the first to require the disclosing of occupation. The family in the song existed; only bit of poetic licence was that 'age - near 55' was the best way to get a rhyme. Subject was actually 51.