“All Over Those Hills”

Author: Unknown, but probably Caroline Hughes
Earliest date: 1962 or 1966 (collected from Caroline Hughes)
Keywords: jealousy infidelity love seduction death lover
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

Singer's lover Henry, while travelling "all over those hills" gets "deluded" from her at a tavern; the singer spies him beside another woman. Singer vows she'll go home and destroy it; rather than part from him, she'd as soon see him die in a workhouse

Long description

Singer's lover Henry, while travelling "all over those hills" gets "deluded" from her at a tavern called the Hop and Bottle; the singer spies him through the window beside another woman, Ellen. Singer vows she'll go home and smash doors and windows, and leave the roof in shadows, and that, rather than part from him, she'd as soon see him die in a workhouse

Notes

MacColl & Seeger note a resemblance of this song's gestalt to that of "Locks and Bolts," and I agree, but as the plots are quite different, I keep them apart. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. MacSeegTrav 80, "All Over Those Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McCST080