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Thread #12665   Message #2721696
Posted By: meself
11-Sep-09 - 01:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: McAlpine's Fusiliers
Depends what you mean by "a different song". Clearly one has borrowed from the other:

"And it's in the pub we'll drink the sub"

"And it's now we're on the road again with McAlpine's Fusiliers"

I prefer the Dominic Behan lyrics, which it seems to me are more skilfully crafted - but the "John Henry" lyrics strike me as having more likely been written by someone who actually worked for McAlpine, to share with his workmates (not saying that Dominic didn't work for McAlpine at some point - did he?).

Was the John Henry melody a little or a lot different? Some of the lyrics, don't seem to fit too neatly with the familiar tune, at least to my ear.