The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #155622   Message #3662902
Posted By: MGM·Lion
23-Sep-14 - 06:27 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lovely Joan
Subject: RE: Origins: Lovely Joan
It was the unfortunate taking up of The Wild Rover by footie crowds that really settled its hash so far as the folk scene was concerned. It started of as quite a subtle song of Jack Ashore pretending to be down on his luck to test who his true friends were. The landlady who refused him credit {"such custom as yours I can get any day"},
soon changed her tune when "out of my pocket I pulled guineas bright, and the landlady's eyes opened up with delight. She said 'I have whisky and wines of the best, and the words that I spoke were only in jest'." Really quite a sad song, thematically related to Harry Cox's The Green Bed. But you'd never know that from hearing it roared out at Anfield or the Emirates, would you now?


sorry for drift -- not the song in the thread title; but the subject of this one emerged