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GUEST,Sandy Paton Origins: Loving Hannah - Bawley Boat? (28) RE: Origins: Loving Hannah - Bawley Boat? 26 Oct 08

Caroline and I learned "Lovin' Hannah" from Jeannie Robertson and always thought it was Scottish. But when we stayed with Jeannie in Aberdeen in 1958, she told us she had learned the song from Jean Ritchie.
    Of, perhaps, some interest: I collected a version of "Handsome Molly" (although she's not named in the song) from Abe Trivett in Butler, Tennessee. His text for the veerse in question offered:

    I wish I was in London, or some other seaport town;
    I'd step my foot on a bordered ship and sail the ocean 'round.

We assumed the 82-year-old mountain man had simply corrupted "on board a ship," but we so enjoyed the corruption that we have always sung it exactly as he gave it to us.

    Sandy (making a very rare visit to the Mudcat)

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