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Thread #9304   Message #3660465
Posted By: GUEST,SqueezeMe
15-Sep-14 - 11:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Over the Hills and Far Away
I first heard this song almost 50 years ago at a folk club in the West Country. Can't recall the singer (no, not Mr Tams!)

What is interesting (or not) is that I can vividly recall the second line of the chorus sung as:

"Through Flanders, Portingale and Spain"

Presumably, "Portingale" was a corruption of "Portugal".

Some years later, I became aware of the song "Fathom the Bowl", sung by a different singer, with the second verse, second line:

"Sweet oranges and lemons from Portingale come"

Any one else heard the word "Portingale" substituted for Portugal in song, or in any other context?

There doesn't seem to be many English folk songs mentioning Portugal, which is perhaps surprising considering it was one of England's major trading partners for many years. Wonder if there are any Portuguese songs mentioning England???

Answers accompanied by a nice bottle of Quinta most welcome....