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Thread #54646   Message #2984080
Posted By: Fred McCormick
10-Sep-10 - 02:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ploughman Lads (from Nic Jones)
Shimrod. No. Jimmy McBeath's song was something else entirely. No 843 in Roud, where Lucy Stewart's is 3448.

I haven't got time to dig the entire text out, but a sample verse of JM's song goes as far as I remember.

Down in my father's garden where first my love met me,
He is the laddie and the man, the lad that I loo well,
And when he sings the valleys rings and he makes my heart full joy.
Go where you will and I love him still. He's my darling plooman boy.

McBeath's version is also in Kennedy, Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, BTW, and there are other versions in Ord and Greig-Duncan and in the Maud Karpeles edited publication of the Sharp collection.