Mudcat Café message #3630079 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65990   Message #3630079
Posted By: Lighter
03-Jun-14 - 06:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Billy Boy
Subject: RE: Origins: Billy Boy
And presumably the only way to "prove" a connection would be to find an early broadside stating something unequivocal, along the lines of "Billy Boy! A bang-up parody of 'Lord Randall, My Son'!! by Mr. W. RANDALL."

I concur that if anything like that were extant and findable, it would have been found long before now.

Either that or an early version of "Billy" mentioning treachery would be about the only kind of evidence that could make the case.

Very interesting indeed that "Billy" appears to be so much older in English than "Randall." That would effectively rule out any theory of parody.

Unless "Lord Randall" is the "parody." ...