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Child # 18: Sir Lionel

The central story throughout all versions of this ballad is about a man having an epic fight with a boar and then having to fight the boar’s angry owner.  The lyrics for all versions can be found here. Version A, from … 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 3: The False Knight Upon the Road

Link to the words. Another riddle song.  I’m starting to get tired of riddle songs, though I will admit this one is a bit of a childhood favorite. Once again the devil is disguised as a knight and challenging someone … Continue reading

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