Monthly Archives: August 2012

Child 7: Earl Brand

I’ve made a new tag titled “messed up family dynamics.”  I get the feeling I will be using it a lot. It is clear that many of these ballads are about a time and place where people have values different from … Continue reading

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Update

Well, I had an obligatory family event this weekend that left time for little else, so it looks like Child #7, Earl Brand, will have to wait for next week.  In in the meantime, here’s another dramatic interpretation of Heer Halewijn:

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Child 6: Willie’s Lady

Next we have a lovely tale of witchcraft, messed up family dynamics, and an impossibly long pregnancy.  Read the lyrics here.  At least the hero of this one is more sympathetic than Gil Brenton. Willie has taen him oer the … Continue reading

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Child 5: Gil Brenton

Lyrics are here. As a feminist fan of traditional ballads, I often find myself in the position of sort of liking a song on one hand, and being horrified by the amount of misogyny, the double-standards, and the things which … Continue reading

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