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Poison in the Glass of Wine

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Performer: Brazil, Danny
Place Collected: Staverton
Date collected: 1978 (5 Mar)
Collector: Davies, Gwilym
Roud Number: 218

This song, with the title “Oxford City”, goes back at least 200 years, having been printed over and over again. Some folklorists have given the song the title “Jealousy”, which seems appropriate. It is a favourite with gypsy singers. American versions exist, even a bluegrass one “Little Glass of Wine”, recorded by the Stanley Brothers.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 18 May 2015