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Magpie, The

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Place Collected: Quenington
Date collected: 1957 (16 Nov)
Collector: Ballinger, Brian
Roud Number: 1145

This curious songs apparently comes from an 1887 publication as “The Magpie said “Come in” … Banjo Song”, written by Harry Hunter. It is quite rare in tradition, only about 5 versions coming to light, one in Warwickshire, one in Worcestershire and two in the USA, as well as our Gloucestershire one.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 3 April 2015