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Posted By: Richie
15-Oct-18 - 04:32 PM
Thread Name: Origins: James Madison Carpenter- Child Ballads 5
Subject: RE:Origins:James Madison Carpenter-Child Ballads 5

The last Carpenter version is from James Madison Carpenter Collection, JMC/1/6/5/A, pp. 09583-09584 and was at one time incorrectly listed under Lizie Wan. An alternative title "Edward, Edward" was also given.

"Edward, Edward" sung by Chloe Michaels of Boone, NC about 1940[1]. She learned most of her ballads from her father. D.C. Michaels, in the early 1900s.

"Oh what will you do when your father comes home,
My son, come tell unto me?"
"I'll take myself from home, dear mother[2],
And sail the deep blue sea."

"When are you coming home again?
My son, come tell unto me?"
"When the moon turns into blood dear mother,
And you know that will never be."

"And what will you do with your wife and child?
My son, come tell unto me."
"I'll leave them here with you, dear mother,
To keep you company."

1. a date of August 1931 is also given with the music notation. A recording under Child 200 is given.
2. The variant "I'll put my foot in a ship, dear mother" appears on a single stanza of text in the Carpenter collection which is on a page with other stanzas of text from other singers.