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Thread #13441 Message #973682
Posted By: Stewie
27-Jun-03 - 11:24 PM
Thread Name: Help: Lemady - Confusion
Subject: RE: Help: Lemady - Confusion
The note by Dave Arthur on the 'Andy's Gone' sleeve is:
Lemany, Lemody, Limady, Lemonday. Another folk mystery! What does the title mean? Is it a lovers-day carol from 'leman', the old word for 'lover'? However, as the song has every appearance of being an 18th century stage production, it seems likely the archaic 'leman' would have intruded into such a comparatively recent piece. Most singers appear to assume that 'Lemony' is simply a picturesque name for a girl.
The song appeared in many 19th century broadsides and has been widely collected in the south of England (though Frank Purslow suspects it may be Irish in origin), particularly in Sussex where Martin learnt it from the Sussex singer Bob Lewis.