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Performer: Corbett, Henry
Place Collected: Snowshill
Date collected: 1909 (9 Apr)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 130

The multiplicity of names given to this song and the fact that it is equally popular across the Atlantic suggest that it has been around in oral tradition for many years. Most versions refer to King Arthur’s three sons, Mr Corbett’s rendering as King George is unusual. The three persons turned out of doors might be sons, rogues, chaps or servants and the song has become Americanised as “In Good Old Colony Times”. It was printed on broadsides from the early 19th century onwards but one suspects that the song is rather older.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 12 May 2015