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Thread #51788   Message #790692
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
24-Sep-02 - 10:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Wild Wild Berry
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Wild Wild Berry
Judy won't mind, because it isn't her song; though she's recorded an arrangement of it. As stated above, it came from Ray Driscoll. Gwilym Davies recorded it from him in 1993. Ray was born in Ireland, but grew up in London and subsequently worked in Shropshire. He learned this song (and also a version of The Death of Queen Jane, which I posted here some time ago at The Death of Queen Jane) from "an itinerant worker called Harry Civil who used to work on a nearby farm and sleep in the barn. Harry was infamous in the locality and was thrown out of pubs on more than one occasion."

This particular variant of Lord Randal has never been found anywhere else; as Gwilym Davies suggests, it is most likely a recent romantic reworking of the old ballad. It was first published in English Dance and Song, vol.56 no.3, Autumn 1994.