Cyril Tawney, the writer of this song, was out hero when we first got involved in folk music. We used to sit at his feet at the Sidmouth Folk Festival and record everything he said and sang. Then we would go away and learn it all. This caused a certain amount of panic later on when we were booked to perform at the came concert as him. He is not only a great exponent of traditional songs but he has written many gems.