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Origins: 'Long looked for come at last'

25 Mar 05 - 02:45 PM (#1443696)
Subject: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: GeoffLawes

I've forgotten in which song the line "Long looked for come at last"occurs. It is traditional, I think it is the final line of the song and have a very vague and possibly unfounded notion that Phil Tanner might have sung it. Does anyone know for sure?


25 Mar 05 - 03:15 PM (#1443722)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

It appears on a cd by Nick Caffry.
Folktrax has a note placing it in the "Abroad as I Was Walking" group, but I couldn't find lyrics to a version with that oft-used line, 'long looked for---'.


25 Mar 05 - 04:01 PM (#1443767)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: Malcolm Douglas

A few early 20th century examples used it as a final line; Gardiner found one in Hampshire, Sharp got sets in Somerset and Gloucestershire. The phrase was proverbial; "long looked for may come at last" or variations thereon. It turns up in a few unrelated broadsides as well.


25 Mar 05 - 10:47 PM (#1444000)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: Margaret V

Is this related to the song "Long Expectant Comes at Last" as sung on the album of the same name by Cathal McConnell?
Margaret


26 Mar 05 - 01:14 AM (#1444049)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: rich-joy

The Nick Caffrey CD of the same name has this to say in the booklet :

" Long Looked For Come At last (3.07) - This simple song of love was very popular in the South of England in the early part of this century. The words were collected by Dr George Gardiner and the tune collected by H. Balfour Gardiner from William Winter, Andover, Hampshire, 1 October 1906. The missing lines were supplied from a version collected by Alfred Williams from Mrs Jane Wall of Driffield, Gloucestershire"

Nick is also a member of excellent a cappella (mostly), harmony trio "Th' Antique Roadshow", who also have recordings to their credit.


Cheers! R-J


26 Mar 05 - 04:37 AM (#1444086)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: GeoffLawes

Thank you all,
               The reference given by rich -joy and Malcolm Douglas to the Gardiner collection has enabled me to find the line as the final line in a song of the same title in the EFDSS publication The Wanton Seed.


26 Mar 05 - 06:29 AM (#1444114)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: Malcolm Douglas

The Wanton Seed was Nick Caffrey's source, evidently; it was Frank Purslow who added the lines from Mrs Wall. It was also Purslow who called the song by that name (perhaps by analogy with Sharp's examples); in Gardiner's MSS it appears as Abroad as I was Walking.


26 Mar 05 - 01:38 PM (#1444209)
Subject: RE: 'Long looked for come at last' -from ??
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

Could someone post the lyrics from The Wanton Seed or the Caffrey recording?