Thomas, you have a most alarming habit (unintentionally
so, I'm sure) of referring to people as dead whom I believe,
rightly or wrongly, to be still on this side of the fatal bourne
- first Martin Rochford (which I'll check up on today), now
Norma Waterson, which as we say here put the heart cross-
ways in me.
I know one of the Waterson sisters died not long ago, but
I'm fairly sure it wasn't Norma - Elaine perhaps? I don't know,
but please would someone enlighten us?
As for "Caledonia" - great song indeed, and here's what it
says in the liner notes of the "waterson:carthy" CD by
Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy and their daughter Eliza
"Norma learned 'When First I Came to Caledonia' from the
estimable collection called 'Songs of Deep Cove'. Caledonia
is the name of a pit, number three seam. Scataree is an island
abandoned by people whose fishing has dried up and is still
uninhabited today. Boulardrie is the name of that part of the
community where all the rich people live and whence comes
the woman with whom the character in the song falls blazingly
in love at first sight. All he needed."
I can't quite figure out all the words either.
Coincidentally, I was listening again to an old LP, "Martin
Carthy's 2nd Album", and he sings "*Newlyn* Town" on it -
substantially the same song as we have been talking about.