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Posted By: Richie
13-Mar-19 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Origins: James Madison Carpenter- Child Ballads 5
Subject: RE: Origins: James Madison Carpenter- Child Ballads 5
Steve,

By my memory it was Grundtvig, Child's mentor who called the Swedish version Semi-comic without providing text. The text disappeared in the early 1900s and Taylor had no text of it. The version was later found in a collection of pseudo-religious manuscripts.

Anne, Son David is a curious addition to the Child 13 variants by Robertson from the tradition of Child A (Motherwell) and it's source (her mother c. 1916) is a bit of a mystery. The bottomless boat stanza is generally Appalachian and Robertson would have access to those texts, which of course were originally British. I'm not sure if Jeannie sang the bottomless boat stanza since it's not on her first recording.

Richie