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GUEST,John Robinson 10 of the Most Disturbing Folk Songs - BBC (87* d) RE: 10 of the Most Disturbing Folk Songs - BBC 08 Oct 21

I nominate 'The Banks of Green Willow'. I first heard it sung by Tony Rose, and you might think, 'Hang on! That's not disturbing.' But for me, it has a kind of fractured quality to the narrative - it might be all remains of a longer song - and it involves a boat full of Jonahs chucking a woman and her baby off a sailing ship to avoid bad luck. Imagine that on News at Ten. If you try to perform it you might understand why I've selected it, because it's such a weird little story, though 'The Outlandish Knight' is even more so...

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