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Thread #54646 Message #2980518
Posted By: GUEST
05-Sep-10 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
I just wrote to Nic and Julia about this lyric because I was sure Nic was singing 'I'll love the very CART he harrows in'. Here's what Julia had to say:
It's the oral tradition at work again! Nic learned the song from the singing of Enoch Kent's version of the song Ploomen Laddies collected from Arthur Argo. In it, it is the word "cairt", and Nic sings cart, which he took to mean the Scottish version of cart. I suppose it could be either, although a harrow is dragged over ploughed land (which will have deep cuts) in order to level out the soil after ploughing, which suggests it should be cart. In olden days harrows were pulled by either by horses, so a ploughman could walk in a cut before it was levelled. I leave you to make your own choice!'