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Thread #46286   Message #686750
Posted By: Bob Bolton
09-Apr-02 - 11:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kitty Lie Over Close to the Wall
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kitty Lie Over Close to the Wall
G'day Malcolm,

I need to check the details at home ... but this tune is collected in Australia with an "Australianisation" of the title/first line to (What would you do if the) billy boiled over?. I presume this is a simple survival of the original song, with the manufactured 'kettle' being replaced by the improvised 'billy' ... a tin can (originally a 'bully beef' tin) with a wire handle to do duty as a makeshift water container and kettle for a camp fire.

I seem to remember that the chorus was sung, with the 'billy' alteration, but I don't remeber any of the verses being preserved. The collector's information may give an idea of how long back the informant learnt the song/tune.


Bob Bolton