:: Title :: Good Old Colony Days
:: Genre :: ballad, comic song, topical song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Paxton, Tom [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Manhattan, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Anglo-American, U.S. Pop
:: Session :: Tom Paxton 1961
:: Date :: 1961-1962
:: Reference Information :: T1026.0, Track 1 (00:00:47)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This is an informal recording session. Alan Lomax asks Tom Paxton to sing some of his favorite ballads. Tom talks about his early life and why he has written songs. Alan joins in and contributes a song to the recording. Peter Seeger is present and helping with the recording machine.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - This is a fragment of "Good Old Colony Days" also known as "King Arthur" and the "Three Jolly Rogues of Lynne." Lynne is King's Lynne (in the middle ages a wool-trading center) in Norfolk (point of origin for many New England colonists. The song was well known throughout the nineteenth century. The text (possibly older than the lovely diatonic tune) was transcribed in a broadside of 1804. The British version is mentioned in Thomas Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree (Pt IV, ch 2, 1872). The American one was famously quoted in 1888 in a speech to the Reichstag by German Chancellor Bismark, who said he learned it 30 years earlier from American friend, John Lothrop Motley, a fellow student at Gottingen. It was first recorded by Richard Dyer Bennet. One senses that this is a topical song, though it is unclear what it refers to. Skilled workmen such as millers, weavers, and tailors, worked on commission with materials supplied by others and were often accused of stealing.
:: Collection :: Miscellaneous Recordings 1950-1990

 

 

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