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The Big Ship Sailed

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Performer: Children
Place Collected: Sharpness
Date collected: 2015
Collector: Evans, Jeannie
Roud Number: 4827

This song and the associated singing game have been with us for over a century.  The earliest that it can be traced is 1870, from New Zealand, and it has been noted throughout England and into the USA.  The fact that it was collected recently is a mark of its longevity, and most people in England will be able to recognise it.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 22 July 2015