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Thread #10796   Message #986274
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
18-Jul-03 - 06:49 PM
Thread Name: Country of origin of these songs please!
Subject: RE: Country of origin of these songs please!
Sally isn't a corruption of an Irish word, it's the word itself, meaning willow (and probably in lots of other Indo-European languages).

Comparing the words for the House Carpenter/Daemon Lover that have come down to us to those in the Laurence Price file, and it is striking how the folk process has sharpened it up and deepened it as well.

It's a good thing to chase down origins in regard to folksongs - but it's a fallacy to think that "the original version" is the one that is most significant. And in it's way it's the same kind of mistake to think that the country where the earliest version of a song seems to have come from is all that important, interesting though it may be to find out. There's no such thing as property rights for countries of origin, or at any later stage of development.