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Posted By: shepherdlass
30-Dec-05 - 08:57 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
The Northumbrian version (according to the Northumbria Anthology CD notes) was apparently collected in a 1921 volume, "The Shanty Book" edited by Walter Runciman. It's such a prevalent song in the NE that I was actually stunned to look through all 4 volumes of the famous Catcheside-Warrington Tyneside songbooks and realize it wasn't included in them.