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Thread #32073   Message #419918
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
17-Mar-01 - 10:46 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: An Acre of Land
There's one version at the Max Hunter collection at present; a Scarborough Fair rather than Sing Ivy type, though: Rosemary and thyme  As sung by Mrs. Allie Long Parker in Eureka Springs, AR on April 14, 1958.

"Some people" wasn't intended as a dig at John; the same confusion between #2 and #46 seems to come up quite often from various people.  So far as the DT text is concerned, it looks as if Vaughan Williams made a few editorial changes when he arranged the song for formal performance: in verses 2 and 3, Frank Bailey actually sang "my ram's horn", thimble, etc. and, more importantly, the first part of the refrain was "There goes this ivery" when Bailey sang it, not "Ivy, sing ivery".  (Information from Bushes and Briars: Folk Songs Collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, ed. Roy Palmer, 1983 & 1999).