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Thread #155622   Message #3662573
Posted By: Dave Rado
22-Sep-14 - 06:50 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lovely Joan
Subject: Origins: Lovely Joan

As far as I can gather from other threads, the earliest written record of the traditional song "Lovely Joan" (or "Sweet Lovely Joan" according to some sources), is 1909; and yet both the tune and the lyrics sound Elizabethan to me. Can anyone shed any light on roughly how old the song really is, and any more information about its origins? Given that there is the word "pook" in it, it would appear to come from Somerset or thereabouts - have I got that much right?