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Thread #126026   Message #4137153
Posted By: Richard Mellish
19-Feb-22 - 04:35 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jolly Old Hawk - Goss-Hawk (Original)
Subject: RE: Origins: Jolly Old Hawk - Goss-Hawk (Original)
1. In answer to Karen's question, this site is hosted in America but populated from all over the English-speaking world and some other countries besides.

2. I hadn't come across this thread before. Although I think I have heard Norma Waterson's singing of the song I don't remember it. Reading the words above I was immediately struck by the resemblance to Bob Roberts's Grey Hawk in (for example) "I whooped and halloed" and "Who's got her may keep her as best he can", which in turn is closely related to the more often sung My Bonny Boy (both Roud 293, as I now see on checking). Could Bob's, with general structure very similar to MBB but with the lost love portrayed as a "hawk", perhaps be a hybrid of JOH and MBB?