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Thread #148194   Message #3500667
Posted By: Steve Gardham
08-Apr-13 - 06:38 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 4
These 2 titles are either hybrids or you have an outdated version of Roud. They should be under 22568 with those titles. Some entries in Roud are inevitably based on titles and/or first lines where Steve hasn't actually seen a copy of the text. The separation of the 3 ballads has only been quite recent although Hugh Shields had a study published in 1976 that pointed out the differences.

If Jim doesn't jump in on this I can easily email him and clear it up.

There has been some confusion as to the relationship between the 3 ballads and indeed a few others which are related, mainly due to the enormous influence of the hybrids such as the very beautiful 'Lover's Ghost' sung by Cecilia Costello.