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delphinium Lyr Add: Race of Long Ago (Cicely Fox Smith) (23) RE: Lyr Add: Race of Long Ago (Cicely Fox Smith) 09 Feb 03

Apparently Bob Roberts recorded "Race of Long Ago" on "Breeze for a Bargeman" issued by Solent Records in 1981 - referenced in Musical Traditions (here):

I don't know this recording (or Webber/Fentimann's) but I do have and very much like Roy Harris' a cappella version entitled "When We Raced the Robin Adair" on his LP "Utter Simplicity" (Fellside FE044 - 1985). Roy's notes about it on the album cover say (in part) he first heard it from Jim Jewell of the Isle of Wight and "I loved it straight away especially the line "Up from the south with a bone in her mouth"."

Yes, the "bone in her mouth" line is good. I've seen this phrase used about ships before - guess it just means speeding along?

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