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Posted By: Richie
09-Apr-14 - 11:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 7
Here's a bit of the 1960 liner notes for Red River Shore. Notice that it jumps from Child 7, Earl Brand to Bold Soldier to a cowboy song, Red River Shore in the same short paragraph.

FOLKSONGS OF NORTH-AMERICA (p. 398, 399 and 54) by Alan Lomax, Alan Lomax, 1960, Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY

He rode till he came in three miles of the place,
The he turned himself around,
And there he espied some seven iron men
Come hastening from the town

Get down, get down, Lady Margaret, he said,
And hold the bridle in your hand,
Till I turn back to yonder's green,
And fight them seven iron men . . .

These verses occur in an American forum of the ancient Anglo-Scandinavian ballad Hildebrand or Earl Brand, a tragic tale of bride capture. The Bold Soldier, a comic eighteenth century descendant of that ancient piece, gave rise to the present song which contains the basic plot of hundreds of western films -- the story of a poor, but honest cowpuncher who runs away with the rancher's of squatter's daughter. It also hints at the solution life provided for the conflict between the squatters and the ranchers that troubled the plains country for a generation.