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Thread #133050   Message #3019145
Posted By: Reinhard
30-Oct-10 - 04:14 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Ploughman's Song
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Ploughman's Song
For the "advantages" compare A.L. Lloyd's notes to The Ploughboy a.k.a. The Khaki and the Blue on the Waterson's LP A Yokrshire Garland:

So poor was the existence of oldtime farm labourers, even army life and army pay seemed a golden prospect. The race of treacle-tongued and bloody-minded recruiting sergeants from Farquhar's Sergeant Kite onward exploited the situation by deception and sharp practise, depicting a life of ease, wenching, plunder and quick promotion, to the gullible yokels. The young ploughboy of this song has swallowed the bait readily enough. Yet songs of this sort are rare compared with the large repertory of songs about the farm boys who desert when they realise the realities of military life. This is another song that the Watersons got from Mick Taylor of Hawes in 1965.