Mudcat Café message #3634819 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #154724   Message #3634819
Posted By: Richard Mellish
20-Jun-14 - 04:24 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Steve said "How it qualifies as a Child Ballad beats me!".

It has often been pointed out that Child died before he was able to set out his criteria. He certainly included some with very dubious claims, but he also left out some that one might expect to have qualified, such as The Frog and the Mouse. (And I would be very surprised if no-one ever sang that one in Australia.)