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The song with tune was printed about 1740 as a single sheet issue, copies of which are in the British Library and the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
This well-known drinking song is generally accepted as an Irish tune, since Mallow is a town in County Cork, Ireland. However, there have been early versions of this tune with the title “The Rigs … Continue reading
O v e r t h e H i l l s a n d F a r A w a y
“Over the Hills and Far Away” is a traditional English song, dating back to at least the late 17th century. One version was published in Thomas D’Urfey’s Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy;1 a very different … Continue reading
Burgoyne surrendered @ Saratoga – October 17,1777. News reached France December, 1777. The news helped Franklin with the French Alliance, February 6, 1778. When the alliance was printed in the loyalist NYC. Rivington Gazette, a Mr. Lockman was inspired to write new words: “The French are a coming as news writers say,” and “Will over OUR herring pond (Atlantic Ocean) … Continue reading