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GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!) Lyr/Chords ADD: Plains of Waterloo (29) RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Plains of Waterloo 02 Mar 18

Hi Reinhard: I must apologise for giving the wrong impression of what I meant to say - I shouldn't have used the word "(in)accurate", as the information you give on the website is perfectly accurate. What I meant to say was that most of the comments given by the artists quoted aren't very helpful as background information to the song, which was what Roisin asked about - they all reference other revival singers they heard the song from, but none of them mentions O. J. Abbott - I think revival versions probably all derive from Tom Gilfellon's version with the High Level Ranters, which introduced the flattened not in lines 3 and 4, and everybody seems to have been trying to outdo each other since in making the song more and more dirge-like! One of my many hobbyhorses is that many singers don't listen enough to traditional source singers - as Martin Carthy used to say, "Don't listen to me, listen to the people I listen to" - and I think it's a pity that Mr. Abbott doesn't get enough credit as a marvellous source singer! Rant over - and I'm sorry again for wrongly implying that there were inaccuracies in your info, mea maxima culpa!


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