Tag Archives: sisters

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

Posted in defined by story, music, traditional, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in defined by story, music, traditional | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Child 10: Twa Sisters

Read the lyrics here. As part of this project, I have tried to sing these ballads at open mics as I write about them.  I have been a bit lax about that for the last few entries, but in last … Continue reading

Posted in defined by story, music, traditional | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Child 2: The Elfin Knight

The lyrics to all of the versions of this ballad can be found here. The “courtship as job interview” theme continues in this ballad, though this time there is more explanation for it in the notes: “A like ballad is … Continue reading

Posted in music, riddle song, traditional | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Child 1: Riddles Wisely Expounded

The first ballad, which can be read here, is a story about a knight challenging a young girl to a game of riddles and offering to marry her if she can answer them right.  In most of the versions, such … Continue reading

Posted in music, riddle song, traditional | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments