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Posted By: theleveller
04-Aug-12 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
"Did you ever record or note down any of your family's songs? Or any from the East Riding?"

No, I'm afraid not, although I was fascinated by what the Watersons were doing. I left the East Riding when I was 18 for the big city (London) and got involved in other stuff.

The interesring part of the old chap who I knew who sang 'We're all Jolly fellows' was his take on the bit about breakfast "....there's eggs and there's bread and a piece of old sow...." he said the bacon was sometimes so fatty that they could eat it so they put it in the pockets of their moleskin breeches and, over time, a permanent grease patch formed there. Some versions of the song suggest that they took it to eat later but according to my old boy they chucked it away when they got outside. There was a bit in his version about this wich. I recall, made Mike Waterson roar with laughter when he heard it. Pity I can't remember it now.