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GUEST,jim bainbridge Origins: I've Got Sixpence, Jolly, Jolly Sixpence (52* d) RE: Origins: I've Got Sixpence, Jolly, Jolly Sixpence 15 Jul 20


Whatever its origins, and they seem quite a while back, this song/tune is now part of what I would call the tradition. That is, a set of material (songs, tunes, stories) which a vast proportion of the population have known for many years.
I'm NOT attempting to define the tradition, there be dragons.
But there is a repertoire of songs known to older* people (not just folkies) in UK as part of who we are- we don't need to think about it, it's just THERE, with some regional differences, of course.
I used to play 'pub music' on my melodeon in Kent pubs in the 70s with friends- one of them bought an LP of Jimmy Cooper, the Scots dulcimer player living in the south somewhere. He said to me 'he's playing all your tunes'
I could only agree, as I played about 75pc of what was on Jimmy's LP- I'd never heard of him, nor him me, but it makes my point, I think.
'I've got sixpence' was not one of those tunes, but it's a vast repertoire, largely despised by folkies.

* can't speak for younger folk!


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