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Thread #144089 Message #3330976
Posted By: Paul Burke
30-Mar-12 - 02:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Who was Somerville in Warlike Seamen?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Somerville in Warlike Seamen?
Well done, it's great to see a good song chased to pinpointable origins for once. But I still wonder about the changes wrought by the folk process and/ or broadside writers. The change of date, from October to June; the change from Plymouth to Spithead; the change from Guernsey to Ireland (mishearing of "island"?), and still that mysterious reference to the London from Liverpool.
Do we actually have a merging of two separate songs here?