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Richard Mellish Origins: The Flying Cloud (86* d) RE: Origins: The Flying Cloud 04 Jan 19

That 1894 version (presuming the attribution to be accurate) had already suffered significant corruption:
Verse 1 line 2 "Dyman's land";
Verse 2 line 1 "Water street so fair" instead of "Waterford's fair town" (or similar) which rhymes with "Brown" in the next line;
plus other missing rhymes.

That is confirmation that the song had been on the go for a while before that date, but otherwise only of interest as an instance of the folk process being degenerative.

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