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Thread #166098   Message #3991185
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
07-May-19 - 12:40 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: If you don't like ballads......
Recently the proposition was put to me that if you didn't like ballads, you didn't like folksong.

I'm not sure I agree. I like The Nightingale (both versions) The Nutting Girl, the new Deserter, come all you fair andtender maidens, brigg fair and many others.
Are they not folksongs?
In my youth I studied English and used to like reading Sir Patrick Spens...............

I confess my heart sinks rather when Matty Groves shows his face. usually someone with the words in a ringbinder. And we all know whats going to happen   The Lord offers him his choice of swords. He never says, no way chum! Custard pies, and feather dusters...the decider being the red hot poker up the first mate. .... there's never a surprise ending.

The House carpenter never points to the hills of hell and says (Chris tarrant style)...but we don't want to take you there, we're off for two weeks in Benidorm!

Got to admit, I'm rarely on the edge of my seat with these things.