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Posted By: GUEST,Boab
07-Dec-05 - 08:21 PM
Thread Name: Barbara Allen earliest version?
Subject: RE: Barbara Allen earliest version?
Dunno when it was first recorded, but Pepys did mention having heard the song in Scotland. I first heard it sung in a folk venue by Nic Jones; the version beginning "In scarlet town". The version sung in Scotland opens with either "'Twas round about the Mart'nmas time" or "Round about the Lammas tide".