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GUEST,Molly Origins: Tramps and Hawkers (159* d) RE: tramps and hawkers 28 Feb 07

Tim A few years back I was to record my Uncle who was in his 90s telling me about Richard but he died three days before we got round to it. He was going to tell me other songs that Richard was reposible for; Tramps being one of them. He was born about five years after Richard died. So unfortunately as far as Tramps and Hawkers is concerned it's still legend. But the words are almost a record of his life; with the exception of the verse about shipbuilding which I learned many years after. The Road and the Miles to Dundee became more or less proved when I bought an Irish Song book in Tralee and his name was above the song Sweet Carnlough Bay which then became the Scots version Road and the Miles to Dundee. So I'm still inclined to believe Richard was the writer of the two songs.   molly

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