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The comic language and trivial humorous nature of this song show a music hall origin but no other version of the song can be traced. However, the tune sounds more like a traditional melody than a music hall song. There is some confusion over the place name. Sharp noted it as Baddenham, but said in a footnote “Learnt at Boddenham 50 years ago … there are many verses referring, of course, to a local event.” The intended place name is probably Bodenham 33 miles from Tewkesbury.