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Thread #40098   Message #4028077
Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Jan-20 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Scarlet and the Blue
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: The Scarlet and the Blue
Okay 5 more years and still no nearer the original.

Just one little flicker of light. In Dave Hillery's excellent thesis (online) he gives a version of the song recorded near Whitby. He gives the same unverified info re Blockley writing it in 1870, but here's the flicker of light, a proposed title 'Hooray for Dear old England and Her Flag that's waving in the Sky'. Somewhat long title even for a Parlour Song. Nothing on Levy, nothing in Kilgarriff. And nothing by Googling.

Where are those folksong sleuths when you need them?