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Thread #46423 Message #2451890
Posted By: Joe Offer
27-Sep-08 - 09:17 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Locks and Bolts
Subject: RE: Origin: Locks and Bolts
I dunno, Tradpiper. If you look at the primary UK index, Roud (click), you'll see that almost all of the "I Dreamed Last Night" versions are American.
I think you're singing an American song. It's OK, though - we'll let you....
Here's one more fragment, from Emrich's Folklore on the American Land (page 544):
Last Night I Dreamed of My True Love
Last night I dreamed of my true love,
All in my arms 1 had her;
When I awoke she was not there,
I was left alone without her.
Her long yellow hair like strings of gold
Came dazzling o'er my pillow;
That pretty little girl I love so well,
She's gone from me forever.
Notes from Emrich:
This is an excellent example of the reduction of a full and lengthy ballad to a brief and moving love lyric. "Locks and Bolts," in its English ballad broadside version, is the story of a young suitor whose loved one has been locked at home by rich parents. The suitor breaks down the door, a fight ensues, and he flees with the girl, whom he eventually marries. The two stanzas here would appear to come from the opening sequence, prior to the breaking of the "locks and bolts." One can, without reservation in this instance, praise the oral transmission of song that in the folk process sloughed ballad incidentals to give us this "dazzling" lament.