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"This one's from Mitcham - it's from: Peter Kennedy's Collection of Folk Songs of Britain and Ireland, a brilliant, beautiful, tea stained book. Having got into singing Irish folk songs, I absolutely love that real decorative sean-nós style. There wasn't a lot of English song about, so I didn't really know much about it, until I heard Shirley Collins and Martin Carthy. That really rung a bell. So then finding a song that actually mentioned a place that I know well was like a real revelation. I discovered the archive recordings of it later. The whole idea, that folk songs are where you're from - the Lavender Song was collected from a lady in Clapham, again a place I know well. When it goes "come all you young ladies" it's like "i'm sitting on a stool all day and I'm really fucking bored, I'll just get into this and make up a little ditty". It really kinda goes somewhere. Then "It was early this morning…" it gets a bit romantic and poetic, and I just think, someone is standing there all day shouting out, trying to sell their lavender, they're just getting bored, and they're making up a song. And it's kind of evolved, and they've obviously kept it, and sang it away from the selling, a cry that's become a song."