The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40546   Message #580964
Posted By: Lanfranc
27-Oct-01 - 01:51 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bushes and Briars
Subject: RE: Bushes and briars
The Essex version is perhaps the best known because of its inclusion in the film of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd". Slightly strange, as the story is set in Dorset, and there is a Dorset version of the song, although not to such a pleasing tune. Fortey's broadside adds four verses which I have never heard sung by any Essex singer, all of whom stick to the four verses shown above, with the last two lines of each verse repeated, and sometimes with the first verse reprised at the end - usually to allow the audience to join in.

Like many other "as I rode out" songs, the words permit the expression of female sentiments and feelings by a male singer (Contrast the first pair of verses with the second pair).