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Thread #40098   Message #571793
Posted By: Paul from Hull
14-Oct-01 - 12:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Scarlet and the Blue
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: SCARLET AND THE BLUE
There is also a WW1 version often known as "The Khaki & the Blue" in which the wording differs slightly. Probably in the active recruiting of the time various local references were included to encourage men from that particular area to enlist. A good example of this is the Version recorded by the Watersons:

http://wwwmcc.murdoch.edu.au/~gillard/watersons/ploughboy.html

Its called simply "The Ploughboy" here, but it was announced at live gigs by the Watersons as being "the 'Tatton-Sykes Waggoners' Militia Recruiting Song"

(Tatton-Sykes was a member of the 'landed gentry' in East Yorkshire, who raised a Company for one of the War-Service Battalions of the local Regiment (The East Yorkshires) from the workers on his estate, & men of the surrounding Villages)