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Thread #140911   Message #3241420
Posted By: Richie
19-Oct-11 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions

I've posted what I believe to be the ten earliest US and Canadian versions except for a fragment from Barry.
False Knight Upon the Road- US & Canada Versions

1) The False Knight- Collected by Belden 1916

2) False Knight on the Road- Mrs. Jane Gentry 1916 Collected by Sharp

3) The False Knight Upon the Road- from Mrs. T.G. Coates, TN 1916; Collected by Sharp

4) The False Knight on the Road- Sung by Mrs. Sarah Finchum, Elkton, Va., November 23, 1918. Collected by Martha M. Davis, published 1929.

5) False Knight on the Road- From Ballads Migrant in New England, Flanders; Collected from Mrs. E.M. Sullivan, Springfield, VT 1932

6) The Smart Schoolboy- John Jacob Niles 1935   

7) False Knight on the Road- Edmund Henneberry, Nova Scotia (Ben Henneberry)

8) The False Fidee- Sung by Lucile Wilkin, Connersville, Ind., 1935; learned from Mrs. Chester A. Porter. published Ballads and Songs from Indiana- Brewster, 1940, pp. 29-30.

9) False Knight on the Road- Maud Long

10) "Où Vas-Tu, Mon P'tit Garçon?" Baillargeon 1956

I have some questions:

Is Edmund Henneberry from Nova Scotia, Ben Henneberry's son. Anyone have Ben Henneberry's lyrics? Did he sing the "Hi diddle" refrain?

Is the Scottish "False, False Fly" spelled False Flase Fly (False False Fly)- Barry Gleeson? This is the spelling of this title form the CD listing- it's also been titled "False false Fly." It appears to be similar to the refrain "False, fie, the False Fid-ee" collected by Brewster in 1940 in the US.