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Thread #44796   Message #3963571
Posted By: Steve Gardham
27-Nov-18 - 09:35 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Spanish Lady
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Spanish Lady
Ged has given a perfectly reasonable explanation for the counting chorus. I would go one even simpler and say it was just a clever little trick for showing off. Certainly none of this romantic mysticism involved (IMO). The same chorus is used in English songs in the 'No, Sir, No'/'Ripest Apples' family Roud 542. Jim Dixon gave a version here in 2010 & Karina in 2009. I have broadsides dating back to the middle of the 18th century. The Irish, American and Scottish versions seem to be developments of the English broadside.