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Posted By: Richie
04-Feb-14 - 10:01 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6

Winding on down the home stretch-- on Child 295 The Brown Girl. Without going into whether there should be a Child 295 - it obviously is a mistake and the resulting ballads from the "Sally and her True Love Billy" should not be attached. Like Bronson I'm leaving them there.

My question is about Sharp H which I believe may be in the DT. It's attributed to Joe Blackett, and immediately I thought that was wrong- isn't it Joe Blackard as in Joe "Dad" Blackard. Joe was from Meadows of Dan, so it probably him. Anyone?

The other question is Sharp A and B:

Then fly from your colour [1] and be no more seen
When you have done dancing on Sally your queen.

1. country (Sharp's footnote).

Clearly country is wrong- I have some ideas but I'd like to see if anyone knows what "Then fly from your colour" means.