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Thread #5717   Message #1007903
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
25-Aug-03 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Twas on a Monday Morning, O
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Twas on a Monday Morning, O
Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron is number 869 in the Roud Folk Song Index. Cecil Sharp got three versions in Somerset: from Mrs Louie Hooper (Hambridge, Somerset, 6 January 1904); Captain Lewis (Minehead, Somerset, 1 May 1909); and Mrs Jane Gulliford (Combe Florey, Somerset, 8 September 1908).

Sharp printed it as Driving Away at the Smoothing Iron in 1909 (Sharp and Marson, Folk Songs From Somerset, vol. V no. 113, p.29); it was first published in the form given here (see Orac's post above) in 1916, and was also specifically published for schools, where it has been sung ever since. The tune is Captain Lewis' version, and the text is also mostly his, with Louie Hooper's "When I beheld my darling" and "She stole my heart away" substituted for his "And there I saw my darling" and "She looked so fine and gay".

George Gardiner found a version in Sussex, The Smoothing Iron (1906; unpublished) and Peter Kennedy prints another, The Linen Song, from Fred Perrier, Shrewton, Wiltshire, 1954 (learned in Somerset in 1897) in Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, 1975, p. 462. Carl Sandburgh, The American Songbag, 1927, prints a set learned from friends in California. I haven't seen that one.

Kennedy points out that the tune is related to that of All Around My Hat.

Zorg doesn't mention any source for the text he posts above, but it appears to be Fred Perrier's set with some words changed.