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Thread #153242   Message #3587452
Posted By: GUEST,Julia L
29-Dec-13 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Seeking info on Pretty Polly of Topsham
Subject: RE: Origins: Seeking info on Pretty Polly of Topsham
The manuscript I saw is in Susie's hand only- it's the tune in her transcription notebook with only partial lyrics entered with the tune. I don't think she was much of a musician as it is rather inscrutable. I did do a search and the lyrics are included in an anthology of American folk poetry by Duncan Emrich. As he was a mere lad when it came out in the Bulletin, he no doubt lifted it from there (he was a New England preppy)

Looks to me like a local vernacular variant perhaps based on a true tale. BTW what made you think it was British?

cheers- Julia