LOCKDOWN SONG - SAM DODDS
Lish Young Buy-a-Broom
I warm to this song as it's about a spirited pretty young lass who comes across a good looking fellow by chance. They take a liking to each other and there they go dancing and singing out of town over the hills, full of the joys in life.
Of course, at dusk of day it dawns on them to find somewhere to eat and sleep. Well fed, satisfied and weary they find each other in bed, together.
Up in the morning, and by gocks she even took charge of the payment! Admirable. There is something mightily impressive about her carefree independence and strength of will, for off she goes to Germany! Why? We don’t know, but good luck to her. Come to think of it, we didn't catch her name, but she will be remembered! What a day and night.
Most songs tell of a woman weeping and wailing, her lover gone, often with a child to dandle on her knee ...But here its this woman of independent spirit who goes off across the sea leaving him! Here’s to strong, independent-minded women wherever they may be! We cannot be without them. They are the beginning and the making of us all.
Geoff Wood, long associated with the Grove Folk Club in Leeds, sang this with raucous gusto. He said he collected this song on his travels in the Lake District, and this was acknowledged as being so by Maddy Prior when she recorded the song.