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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
12-Jan-04 - 08:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
Ah, weel, I have to recant. A British Isles song revised by White.
"My Boy Tammy," linked by Malcolm Douglas, above, is certainly similar, so have to agree with Malcolm's comments. Should have checked my Bronson (Billy Boy, Child No. 12, Appendix) where he says the first appearance was in "The Bee," 1791, and gives several versions.