Mudcat Café message #2334028 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #32497   Message #2334028
Posted By: Abby Sale
06-May-08 - 10:03 AM
Thread Name: 'Hole in the Ground' question
Subject: RE: 'Hole in the Ground' question
The Traditional Ballad Index reference only alludes to it but I'd bet "The Everlasting Circle" predates the American versions. It's well-known in UK and still sung there. Only info I have in hand is from Marrow Bones which gives collected by Gardiner of Cornwall in 1905. I like it as one of the rarish truly circular songs. To me it's a religious statement re the Circle (as opposed to the Cycle) of life.

And it's slightly sexy.

Text is fairly identical to American verrsions (note that the "on the dust mote there was a microbe" types of verses were intended as silliness for people who already knew the song in the Revival)

but adding:

Now from this feather there came a bed

Now to this bed there came a maid

And to this maid there came a youth

Now by this youth was planted a seed

And from this seed there came a tree.