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GUEST,lee 13 Mar 02 - 02:22 AM
michaelr 13 Mar 02 - 02:29 AM
GUEST,MCP 13 Mar 02 - 03:47 AM
masato sakurai 13 Mar 02 - 03:54 AM
masato sakurai 13 Mar 02 - 04:15 AM
Watson 13 Mar 02 - 06:12 AM
GUEST 13 Mar 02 - 07:26 AM
Malcolm Douglas 13 Mar 02 - 09:17 AM
Maryrrf 13 Mar 02 - 09:36 AM
Pete Jennings 13 Mar 02 - 01:43 PM
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Subject: Harp form a breastbone
From: GUEST,lee
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 02:22 AM

I have been searching for years for a lyrics/performer of (this is a long explanation) two princesses. The younger is in love with the prince that the elder is arranged to marry. The younger kills the elder by luring her into the ocean and allowing her to drown. Traveling minstrels find the breast bone of the eler and fashion it into a harp. They play at the wedding of the younger to the prince, whence the harp begins to sing of the crime of the younger against the elder and of the remorse of not having known of the younger's desire for the prince. It was included in an album that covered Sally go 'round the roses.

Eternally grateful, lee


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: michaelr
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 02:29 AM

That sounds like a version of The Cruel Sister. Anyone got a clickie?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: GUEST,MCP
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 03:47 AM

The song is The Two Sisters - Child 10. There are several versions in the DT - use the #10 search for the Child Ballad number or look for Binnorie, Two Sisters, Cruel Sister, Oh The Wind And The Rain in the Search Box. (Sorry - normally I'd explain this better and put some links here, but I've got to go out immediately. If nobody puts in any links for you and you're still having problems finding it I'll try and add some when I get back later).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: masato sakurai
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 03:54 AM

See also Twa Sisters, The [Child 10] (From The Traditional Ballad Index). As folktale, it is often referred to as The Singing Bone (Aarne-Thompson type 780).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: masato sakurai
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 04:15 AM

Child (The English and Scottish Popular Ballads) has 21 versions (A-U) of The Twa Sisters.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: Watson
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 06:12 AM

Another variation is Bows of London
Martin Carthy recorded it on Life and Limb with Dave Swarbrick.
It's a similar story, but it's a fiddle, not a harp in this one.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 07:26 AM

Tom Gilfellon recorded a version on The Middle of the Tune, I think.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 09:17 AM

See this previous discussion for a long and reasonably exhaustive list of links to further material relating to this song and its many variants, here and elsewhere on the net:  'twasisters' lay the bent to bonny broom

Cruel Sister and Sally Go Round the Roses together sounds like a Pentangle compilation CD to me; you can see details of one such at  Pentangle - Light Flight.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: Maryrrf
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 09:36 AM

It's been criticized here on Mudcat - but I still think the Old Blind Dog's version is the best! It makes shivers go up my spine!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Harp form a breastbone
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 13 Mar 02 - 01:43 PM

Malcolm's right - if both Cruel Sister and Sally Go Round The Roses were on one album, then it was a compilation, almost certainly by The Pentangle.

The original recordings can be found on:

Cruel Sister, The Pentangle, TACD 9.00558 (was TRA228) Basket of Light, The Pentangle, ESM CD406 (was TRA205)

Both are available in the UK on CD.

Lee, if you want the words to The Pentangle's version of Cruel Sister, email me at petejennings@supanet.com

Pete J


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