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Thread #50964   Message #876747
Posted By: Nerd
28-Jan-03 - 01:29 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballad CD Rom?
Subject: RE: Child Ballad CD Rom?

agreed, the searchable function is more useful for scholars than for singers or generally educated people who want to become familiar with the songs. And of course, so many versions of these songs have surfaced since Child wrote that in many cases Child is not the best place to go anyway, if you want singable versions of "Child Ballads." But on the other hand, if you're a singer and you want to find the original words to "Annan Water," it's much easier to do a search than to flip through the hundreds of pages of original--it didn't make the Kittredge/Sargent abridgement, and in Child is tucked away in an "additions and corrections" section. So it depends on your specific needs as well.