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I wrote the song in 2004 in the wake of the cockle-picking tragedy in Morecambe Bay. The tune I took from the Australian convict ballad ‘Moreton Bay’, initially because the resonance of the titles (I’d heard Moreton Bay sung many times in years past, mostly by Fred Wedlock). It was only when I started singing it that I realised the tune was originally from Ireland, usually called Boolavogue.
Recorded by John Vick at FIniflex, February 2005.