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Thread #161981   Message #3853283
Posted By: Steve Gardham
01-May-17 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Died for Love Sources: PART IV
Subject: RE: Origins: Died for Love Sources: PART IV
Hi, Richie
What makes you think the Jersey City versions derive from the Channel Island of that name? I think this is most unlikely. All versions refer specifically to the City. Jersey the island hasn't got a city or indeed a very big population. Apart from that no other British folksong as far as I know is set on any of the Channel Islands. The famous writer of a folk ballad lived on Guernsey but that song is about a sea battle and doesn't mention Guernsey.