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Thread #9438   Message #2198109
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
20-Nov-07 - 04:52 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Rose of Allendale / Allandale
Subject: RE: Origins: The Rose of Allendale
There is no evidence that the song was not original to Jeffreys and Nelson. Ten years was more than enough time for a popular song to enter quite wide oral currency in those days, and for (one) person to muddle bits of it up with another song; particularly as the original contains, as do most successful popular songs, many standard clichés. Huntington's comment is ambiguous (he refers to the 'parlour version' rather than, as he perhaps should have, to 'the original') but then, much of his book is ambiguous: most particularly, where he got all the tunes.