Mudcat Café message #3630047 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65990   Message #3630047
Posted By: Lighter
03-Jun-14 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
A big part of the problem is the notion that "Billy Boy" is somehow a "version" of "Lord Randal."

"Version" suggests a direct genealogical connection - with the poisoning somehow forgotten or elided.

But if "Billy Boy" is indeed a parody, it's still a different song. If it was "inspired" by "LR" well and good, but every song is "inspired" by something. No textual evidence exists that "Billy Boy" is any kind of "version" of "LR." If Steve's dates are correct and definitive, it isn't even a parody.

If it isn't a parody, then it's still a different song.

Either way, the resemblances are merely superficial, whether by design or by accident.