Tag Archives: tragedy

Child 16: Sheath and Knife

It is talked about the warld  all over, The brume blooms bonnie and says it is fair The king’s dochter gaes wi child to her brither. And we’ll never gang doun to the brume onie mair Here is a happy … Continue reading

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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 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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Child 12: Lord Randal

 ‘O where have you been, Lord Randal, my son? And where have you been, my handsome young man?’ ‘I ha been at the greenwood; mother make my bed soon, For I’m wearied wi hunting and fain wad lie down’ -Version … 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 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

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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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