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GUEST,Jack Campin New Book: Folk Song in England (2094* d) RE: New Book: Folk Song in England 17 Jul 18

Very few folksongs need any 'insider' knowledge to write them, particularly rural songs.

And you can guarantee that any such insider knowledge would get lost in transmission. Only a small minority in any community know the exact sequence of operations involved in gutting a sheep, threading a loom or building a drystone wall, and if your song followed those steps in order, the next non-specialist to transmit the song would probably rearrange them in a sequence that couldn't actually work.

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