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Thread #148194   Message #3500275
Posted By: Richie
07-Apr-13 - 10:10 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Another question or two---

The Lover's Ghost, a variant?? of Child 248, was collected at least four times by Karpeles. This text was taken from Fifteen Songs from Newfoundland, with piano score. Karpeles says in the introduction: "During 1929 and 1930 I paid two visits to Newfoundland each lasting about six weeks, and noted two hundred songs (including variants), from which the thirty songs in these two volumes have been selected." No informant or date are given.

Who is the informant? Is this the version covered by Karen James and also Peggy Seeger. What version did Barry Taylor collect? Where and when did Taylor collect it?

The Lover's Ghost- (NL) c.1929 Karpeles

Johnny, he promis'd to marry me
But I fear he's with some fair one gone.
There's something bewails him and I don't know what it is
And I'm weary of lying alone.