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Doc John Folklore: What is a ballad? (39) RE: Folklore: What is a ballad? 09 Mar 08

Is Rock Island Line a ballad? It seemed to start as a work song with a repetitive chorus and obscure (altho probably not to the singers) verses thrown inbetween. Or so were the early versions recorded by the Lomaxes. Then Lead Belly added some interpolations to progressively build it into some kind of story of trickery, a process that was continued by Lonnie Donegan.
Dr John

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