The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3850   Message #20498
Posted By: Bruce O.
02-Feb-98 - 06:29 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Barb'ry Allen
Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Barb'ry Allen
I've heard that one, but a long time ago, and I've forgotten where.

If Samuel Pepys' diary hadn't mentioned the song, we would have to take "Barbara Allen" to be a reworked version of "The Ruined Lovers", of 1684-6, in my broadside index, ZN1756, which has the same (rather slight) story. This is a few years earlier than any known copy of "Barbara Allen"