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Tune Req: The Foolish Boy

RTim 16 Feb 07 - 11:04 AM
Malcolm Douglas 16 Feb 07 - 01:00 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: The Foolish Boy
From: RTim
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 11:04 AM

Can anyone point me (or provide me) a tune for The Foolish Boy from Baring-Gould. ie:

My father died, I can't tell'ee how,
He left me six horses to follow the plough.
        Wim-mee, wim-mee, wobble, O!
        Jiggee, jiggee, stobble, O!
        Little boys a wobble lived under the gloom.

Tim Radford
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Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Foolish Boy
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 01:00 PM

As noted from Daniel Radford (Mount Tavy, Tavistock, 1888), of course. The tune may be in Hitchcock, Folk Songs of the West Country but Roud doesn't specify. It isn't immediately obvious where the tune in Baring-Gould and Sharp, English Folk-Songs for Schools, is from, but the text doesn't match Radford's as printed (with dialect spellings regularised) in Reeves, Everlasting Circle.

If you can't get at a copy of Hitchcock (I can't help there), Martin Graebe is the man to ask.

Various other texts are in thread The Swapping Song

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