The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #36510   Message #3914732
Posted By: Steve Gardham
02-Apr-18 - 01:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier and the Sailor (Soldier's Prayer)
Subject: RE: Origins: Soldier and the Sailor (Soldier's Prayer)
The tune here is the ubiquitous 'Derry Down' rightly the most popular tune of the last 4 and a half centuries in the English-speaking world. It is interesting that its parody should end up with what must be the second most popular 'Villikins'. The tune my mate sang was from the Lake District (in the Society Journals) and is not a variant of either of these. It is vaguely familiar but I can't place it at the moment, perhaps a hunting song. It'll come to me.