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Thread #65745   Message #1085826
Posted By: Bearheart
04-Jan-04 - 12:57 PM
Thread Name: Top Ten Old Ballads
Subject: RE: Top Ten Old Ballads
So you want ballads prior to the American Revolution and you'd prefer humorous ones? But you are open to other songs as well?

I'm a little confused.

I have divided the love songs in my personal song book into "Blissful", "Comical and Ironical" and "Sorrowful." Most of the comical and ironical are probably not old enough (Lish Young Buy-a-broom, Roger the Miller/the Grey Mare,The Maid Who Sold Her Barley,Saucy Sailor, Jock Since Ever I Saw Yer Face being some) but The Royal Forester, Fair Flower of Northumberland and Laird o Drum should fit your specs. I like Dick Gaughan's Fair Flower, and Rod Paterson's Laird o Drum. I think the best version of Royal Forester was recorded in the 50's by one of them old Scots guys and I can't remember who anymore. (Davey somebody?) Someone here will remember,and even know where to find it. That's where Steeleye Span got it from I'm sure.

And the two about the couple arguing: in the first one, about who does the most work (did Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise record this?), the second one about who's going to get up and bar the door (I think Silly Sisters did this?). (Sorry, I don't sing them and I'm not dredging up the titles
at the moment.) I think at least the first one is a Child ballad.