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As Joseph was a-Walking

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Performer: Smith, Charles
Place Collected: Coates
Date collected: 1911 (10 Apr)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 453

Laurie Lee mentions in his classic book Cider with Rosie that he and his friends used to sing this carol in the Slad area.  Mr Lee informed Gwilym Davies that he had learnt the song at school, in which case he probably sang the version in the Oxford Book of Carols (1928).  The carol is linked to the Cherry Tree Carol, but is in fact a distinct song. Although the carol was printed several times, Mr Smith’s version seems unique in oral tradition.

Notes by Gwilym Davies