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Thread #65990   Message #4004242
Posted By: Gordon Jackson
12-Aug-19 - 09:01 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
You're welcome, Gerry.

In the sleeve notes on Sweet Wivelsfield Martin Carthy, for whom I have ENORMOUS respect writes, regarding the last verse: ‘You too can add up the numbers to find that they make three score and ten, or one complete life span’. I always thought this bit was dialogue: Billy saying she’s nineteen and his mum saying, ‘Well, actually no, she’s fifty-one, you doughnut.’ I mean, even if young Bill’s IQ was lower than his shoe size I can’t believe he didn’t realise she was seventy. Surely when she curtsied and took three days to straighten up would have been a bit of a clue?