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Marje Origins: Sweet Nightingale... tune from an opera? (31) RE: Sweet Nightingale... tune from an opera? 22 Mar 17


The credentials of the song are a bit suspect, at least as far as ornithology goes. The nightingale is very rare in Cornwall, and "she" doesn't sing - it's only the males who sing.
Of course, this listening to the nightingale pastime was probably a cover for other after-dark activities that may have taken place "in the valley below"; it doesn't do to take folk songs literally.

Marje


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