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Posted By: GUEST,Gary Heywood-Everett
23-Jun-11 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Talking Dog (Oldham Tinkers)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Talking Dog (Oldham Tinkers)
Interesting to read the posts. I wrote this song for the Oldham Tinkers, taking the story from a book of stories of 'Lancashire Lore' that I found in Lancaster University library.

I made up the Bob Balloons name as in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century older folk sometimes had what were called by-names and I remember such name as Tom o'Waters and Billy Pigs. I think I recalled Bobby Balloons as the name of a chap in the Milnrow (nr Rochdale) area.

'Faus' is an old Lancashire term meaning false or shifty (but smart). Shame that these terms have gone now.