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Thread #101028   Message #3908784
Posted By: Steve Gardham
01-Mar-18 - 10:14 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sheep Crook and Black Dog (Ewan MacColl)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sheep Crook and Black Dog (Ewan MacColl)
I'm due to do a full study on this song in the next few weeks for the forthcoming new book in the Marrow Bones series. The fact that there are at least 3 different printed versions in the early 19thc tells us that the song dates back to at least the late 18thc. The style and language are that of the London Pleasure Gardens like Vauxhall and Renelagh. The earliest dated version I have is by Robertson of Glasgow, 1802, but I have references from the 18thc in songsters. Even these vary.