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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 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1, Child had plenty to say about this ballad.  In his notes he describes a rich folkloric history and very different versions of the ballad and the story it tells from all over Europe. Of … Continue reading

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Child 4: Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight Part 1

This ballad is my favorite so far.  They lyrics can be found here. Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight tells the story of a young girl who runs off with a strange knight after he either enchants her with music … Continue reading

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