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Posted By: Jim Carroll
16-Apr-10 - 11:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Golden Vanity Variants
Subject: RE: Golden Vanity Variants
Horton Barker's version has one of the most visual lines to be found in any folk song.

"Some a-playing cards and some a shooting dice
And every stood around a-giving good advice"

Anybody who has worked in a factory and watched their workmates playing cards or dominoes at lunchtime knows exactly what this means.
Sums up the genius of ballad-making for me totally.
Jim Carroll