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Posted By: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
16-May-02 - 01:16 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Willie Moore
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Willie Moore:Doc Watson Version
No- a Senior Moment there- got the title wrong for our ballad. Instead of "Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender, read, "Sweet William and Lady Margaret" (which I learned from Justice Begley, neighbor and kinsman, banjo-picker, ballad-singer, and High Sheriff of Perry County. We had known a fragment of the song, but he knew the whole story. Begins: Sweet William arose one May morning and he
dressed himself in blue.
We want you to tell us something about that
long love between Lady Margaret and you...
Well I know nothin about Miss Lady Margaret's
love and I know that she don't love me-
:But tomorrow morning at eight o'clock, Lady
Margaret my bride shall see:

Maybe not an eight-line tune; more like four LONG lines, but then I don't read/write music. The "Willie Moore" similarity begins with the line, "Well I know nothin about Miss Lady M's love..." which is probably more than any of you folks want to know about it either. Sorry if I'm boring you, but this was on my mind.