Mudcat Café message #757159 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #50004   Message #757159
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Jul-02 - 06:08 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: RE: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Thanks, Susan - Susan's version in the Digital Tradition is an exact transcription of the words in the Joan Baez Songbook, except that the Baez book doesn't have the last "with our souls" verse. Here are the notes from the Baez book:
The text of this song has an Elizabethan ring to it, but it comes from the Ozark Mountains where Vance Randolph collected it from May Kennedy McCord. One would think that such an exquisite text and tune would be found more widely in tradition, but to date no other version of this lyric has turned up on either side of the Atlantic.