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Alternative title: There was an Old Man

Performer: Tandy, Mr.
Place Collected: Winchcombe
Date collected: 1909 (5 Apr)
Collector: Grainger, Percy
Roud Number: 379

This jaunty song has been in oral transmission for about 300 years, the earliest known reference being “The Jolly Broom-Man or the Unhappy Boy Turn’d” printed in “Pills to Purge Melancholy” in 1720. It has been often collected in England and occasionally in Ireland and Scotland but not across the Atlantic.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 28 March 2015