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Richard Mellish Lyr Add: Jonas and the Devil (6) RE: Lyr Add: Jonas and the Devil 29 Sep 20


> Written by Bob Roberts????

As I said on the ADD: Nore Sand Light thread, it is only in later years that I began to understand that some of Bob's versions were probably his own work. It seems unlikely that we will ever know for certain whether Jonas and the Devil came from his family.

I have long been a bit suspicious of the word "breeks" in the last-but-one verse, which suggests Scots, and the dodgy rhyme of "plough" and "below" in the last verse, which with "ploo" would be closer to a rhyme in Scots, though still not a good rhyme.

One further thought: the name Jonas seems unusual in Britain but is commoner in Sweden (pronounced something like Younas).


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