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Thread #151087 Message #3598635
Posted By: Steve Gardham
05-Feb-14 - 03:59 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
You present a strong case for colours, meaning bodily colour. Sharp obviously hadn't come across this context before and tried to rationalise it as source singers have often done themselves when they met with an unfamiliar term. What would clinch it is if you could come up with another example of the phrase in a different piece of literature.