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Posted By: Brian Peters
15-Feb-20 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
It was written by Thomas Lanfiere, who churned out a lot of moralizing 'alehouse ballads', allegedly inspired by his own familiarity with such places. I found it easier to see how the song we know might have descended from 'The Good Fellow's Resolution' blackletter broadside, than to imagine Lanfiere having dressed up a simpler song already in existence.