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Thread #73318 Message #3481878
Posted By: Artful Codger
20-Feb-13 - 11:35 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Cadgwith Anthem
Subject: RE: Origins: Cadgwith Anthem
Once you see the 1906 four-verse version of the song, there's not much mystique to the song that I can see. That version also shows that the two best-remembered "new" verses supposedly penned during the now-famous folkie session weren't new at all. Most of the song's "mystique" was slathered on by revisionists. Given the short two-verse version adopted by the Cadgwith fishermen (probably taken from Goodenough's memoir of 1901), that's not surprising—people like to fill in gaps. But now we know better, and can dispel long-standing misinformation about the song's origin and meaning.