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Thread #6969   Message #1433206
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
12-Mar-05 - 03:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
The De Masran parodies, although mentioning Bombay, may be American of Civil War era, but I couldn't resist calling the unknown or imaginary "Butthermilk Hill" Irish. "Putnam Hill" also is used in several American versions. Again, no American versions are known before Civil War or famine times.

In the Bodleian Library, there is a Cork-published sheet (Harding B 26(602) of Shule Agra which has "I'll sell my rack" - also understandable to any weaver. As noted by Malcolm, rock is in some old versions, and is known to any spinner and weaver.

In a parody printed in Dublin in the 1860s (Harding B 26(497), our hero has gone to "Rusia."