Mudcat Café message #4034433 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4034433
Posted By: Jim Carroll
15-Feb-20 - 12:48 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
"it had its origins in a lengthy 17th-century English temperance ballad,"
Never convinced by 'origins' claims Brian
I'm aware of the 'temperance, connection thanks to your article, but the popularity of the theme and some of the motifs suggest to me that it might have existed before that in one form or another and has been elaborated on by a hack - I suspect that the same is possible of the 'Blind Beggar', but "nobody knows", as they are fond of saying on my favourite trivia programme