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Thread #55546   Message #863572
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
10-Jan-03 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: January Man (Dave Goulder)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: January Man
Quoted at Henry's Songbook:

[1992:] I know that Dave Goulder was insistent that people should sing January Man the way he wrote it - "If I had wanted people to sing 'smiles at each newcomer', I'd have written that instead of 'grins at each newcomer'." (Imlach, Reminiscences 167)

I don't know if that's definitive; I seem to recall that Martin Carthy changed the song a bit, but not in what way. You can probably still get copies of Daves's songbook, January Man, if you look around a bit.