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Thread #148194   Message #3490956
Posted By: Richie
16-Mar-13 - 12:38 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Hi,

I've started US versions of Child 243 Daemon Lover (The House Carpenter): http://bluegrassmessengers.com.temp.realssl.com/us--can-versions-243-james-harrisdaemon-lover.aspx

It seems to me, altho it's rarely punctuated correctly, that the standard opening stanza is a dialogue (maybe this is obvious but why not punctuate it that way?).

Here's the normal punctuation:

"Well met, well met, my old true love,
Well met, well met," says he.
"I've just returned from the salt water sea,
And it's all for the sake of thee."

This seems incorrect. It should be:

"Well met, well met, my old true love." (her)
"Well met, well met," says he.
"I've just returned from the salt water sea,
And it's all for the sake of thee."


In the second line he is responding to her.

What do you think?

Richie