The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #58075   Message #3374467
Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Jul-12 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Spencer the Rover
Subject: RE: Origins: Spencer the Rover
This is all very well, but without any evidence at all we are all pissing in the dark. Personally it smacks of a typical generic piece of the period rather than being based on a real person or events. The melody/melodies could have been picked up from anywhere. A consistent tune spread throughout the country suggests to me a theatrical origin as does the sentimentality but these are only me pissing in the dark.