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Thread #94959   Message #3842202
Posted By: GUEST,Mark, Beggar's Bridge
28-Feb-17 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Widdecombe Fair (Show of Hands)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Widdecombe Fair (Show of Hands)
Better late than never, but you've all got the wrong end of the stick with this song.

It's not a 'version' of the original, it's a prequel, if you like. It tells the story leading up to the events of the original, when the lads borrowed Tom's horse to go to Widdecombe Fair.

They were borrowing the horse to go back to the fair because the narrator of the song had learned that the landlord of the inn there had killed their young mate who had gone missing the year before, and they were probably going to seek retribution.

It's a small work of absolute genius from Steve Knightly and it sends a shiver down my spine every time I hear it.