The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878 Message #4029474
Posted By: Steve Gardham
21-Jan-20 - 01:14 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
I think there's a thread on it somewhere. There is actually a full book on it by I think Arthur Kellett. Apparently it dates from the 1920s among ramblers from the big cities. I've known it practically all my life, being a Yorkshireman, but I don't think it would stand up to the variation factor. It certainly started off in a specific community and then was taken up as some sort of Yorkshire anthem, so then a wider community; much like the broadside ballads actually.