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Thread #50004   Message #3463192
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
08-Jan-13 - 01:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: RE: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
While the tune is effective, it is extremely simple and not very imaginative. There is considerable repetition. Somebody else may be able to say whether it has close traditional relatives.

But whether or not it does, my feeling is that it's so simple that almost anyone could have "composed" it, including May McCord (a musician).   I'd call it a "folk tune" or at least a "folklike tune" on that basis alone.

It's always easy ask without evidence whether a song was "really" written by somebody else. Maybe the acknowledged author took credit for a traditional song after making a few minor changes (if any); maybe he just stole it from an associate or a family member. The point is simply that without evidence those suspicions are literally groundless.

> Could the dead nobleman have been one of these??

Sure. But he could have been imaginary too.