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May 11, 2011

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That kind of thing is exactly why I love doing research too. I have a big grin on my face just from reading that.

not the ribbon, but the willow, is also mentioned in Shakespeare's MERCHANT OF VENICE, act v, scene i:
"In such a night
Stood Dido with a willow in her hand
Upon the wild sea-banks, and waft her love
To come again to Carthage."

My parents had a couple of Steeleye Span albums* and "All Around My Hat" was one of my favourites back then, along with Holst's The Planets and Boney M's "Rasputin".

Another version I recall was this repurposed Irish Independence Song, which often gets played by Irish folk bands.

* Technically they still do. When they got rid of their platespinner and threatened to throw away all their vinyl, I "borrowed" most of it. As might be expected I have two record players at the moment, both broken.

Neil:
Yep, that one is referenced on one of the Mudcat threads as well!

Yesterday morning I tried hooping to "All Around My Hat," which worked better than I'd expected.

The one I know is "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" by Russ Morgan by the Andrews Sisters.

I find 1917 for the published song/lyrics interesting since the Tri-coloured Ribbon version references the Easter Rising of 1916.

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