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Child 17: Hind Horn

“Hind Horn” in its popular form is a rather sweet ballad about the reunion of two long separated lovers. (All versions can be found here) Most versions start by introducing the hero, who has fallen in love with the king’s … Continue reading

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Child 11: The Cruel Brother

The lyrics to all versions may be found here. Once more we have a lovely ballad about messed up family dynamics and murder.  In this ballad a man kills his sister on her wedding day because the groom failed to … Continue reading

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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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