Mudcat Café message #3341828 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #22617   Message #3341828
Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Apr-12 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: Origin: High Germany
Subject: RE: Origin: High Germany
On that last point there is no contradiction. I stand by what I said originally. Just as today, the vast majority of people neither have the time nor the inclination to write songs. My ancestors were ploughmen who got up at 4 in the morning and were working with very few and short breaks through to 7 or 8 at night on a daily basis. All that guff about whistling happily behind the plough while the birds are sweetly singing is straight out of the pleasure gardens in the late 18thc. The examples I have are from a few latterday writers/singers written in their retirement. In the early 19th century not many made it to retirement, and if they did the workhouse was waiting for them, or parish relief if they were lucky.

I have already suggested plenty of sources for the hacks to get their information. Many of the subjects were being reworked from older material. Military and Maritime reports were in the newspapers. They sat in the pubs with people who had first hand experience of your inside information.

As for printers they printed plenty of seditious stuff right from the off. They just left off the imprint.

'Folk songs' are so-called because of the 'folk process'. This has nothing to do with origins.