Keep in mind, the average life expectancy during this time was 38 years old for an American male. And he must be a hard worker too, seeding 10 acres of his state lot in a years time surely is nothing to scoff at.
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Their version used the melody from Frank Kidson's collection Traditional Tunes, published in 1891, which reported it as being "as sung in Whitby streets twenty or thirty years ago" – that is, in about the 1860s. The version using the melody later used by Simon & Garfunkel in "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" was first recorded on a 1956 album, English Folk Songs, by Audrey Coppard.
It was included by Ewan Mac Coll on Matching Songs For The British Isles And America (1957), by Mac Coll and Peggy Seeger on The Singing Island (1960), and by Shirley Collins on the album False True Lovers (1959).
It is likely that both Coppard and Collins learned it from Mac Coll, who claimed to have collected it "in part" from a Scottish miner.
According to the Teesdale Mercury and Martin Carthy's daughter, it emerged that researcher-musician Mac Coll wrote a book of Teesdale folk songs after hearing Mark Anderson sing in the late 1940s.
The earliest commercial recording of the ballad was by actor/singers Gordon Heath and Lee Payant, Americans who ran a cafe and nightclub, L'Abbaye, on the Rive Gauche in Paris.
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Slightly more recent versions often contain one of a group of related refrains: These are usually paired with "Once (s)he was a true love of mine" or some variant.
"Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" may simply be an alternate rhyming refrain to the original based on a corruption of "grows merry in time" into "rosemary and thyme".
The song infers the tale of a young man who instructs the enquires to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back.
Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.