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Thread #8767   Message #55608
Posted By: Philippa
25-Jan-99 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: 'Orrible Murder!
Subject: RE: 'Orribble Murder!!
Tim Jacques - I class the false knight/ false lover John song as a murder ballad because He was going to murder Polly.

John Lewis treated " 'Omie Wise" in a similar fashion

I see mention of "There was an old woman who lived in the wood, weela weela waile..." (infanticide song)in the "Dark Irish Kids" thread, but I don't feel like typing out the words just now, even though I know them. The adult versions are best known as "Down by the Greenwood Side" or "The Cruel Mother" (the latter title appears in the DT).