Monthly Archives: February 2013

Child 14: Babylon; or The Bonnie Banks O Fordie

Babylon, or The Bonnie Banks of Fordie is a tragic ballad about a ruthless killer who fails to recognize his own close family members.  It is also the English/Scottish variation of the ballad that would eventually inspire the films The … Continue reading

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Child 13: Edward

Lyrics are here. In this ballad, as with Lord Randal, the hero is again talking to his mother as she questions him about an incident that has just happened.  This time, she is asking him why there is blood in … Continue reading

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