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Thread #34080   Message #3698496
Posted By: GUEST
30-Mar-15 - 05:31 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Subject: RE: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Hi Joe, et alia,

Your version there is essentially identical to what I sing. I got it from MacColl.

I'm interested this week as Lloyd suggested it's a possible reference to the War of the Roses (no date suggested for the chantey, itself, though). I believe this is absolutely, 100% true. A hard fact.

The reason for my certainty is that the last, climactic battle of the Wars of the Roses was played March 29, 1461 and I sang it yesterday with that in mind, also a Palm Sunday. Since that could hardly be a mere coincidence, it must be true.

Abby Sale