“The Atching Tan Song (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1962 or 1966 (collected from Caroline Hughes)
Keywords: hardheartedness travel police Gypsy migrant
Found in: Britain(England)

Description

Travellers arrive at a likely camping spot; a policeman arrives and tells them to move on. Although it's the middle of the night, they do

Notes

his shares some lyrics (references to "tent-rods, ridge-poles, and kittles") in the first verse with "The Atching Tan Song (I)", but they seem otherwise separate.

An "atching tan" was a stopping place; it was common practice for Travellers to camp in an unauthorized place, then let their horses into a farmer's field after dark with the intention of retrieving them before dawn. Often as not, they were caught and the horses impounded. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. MacSeegTrav 130, "The Atching Tan Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, McCST130