The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4949   Message #27732
Posted By: Philippa Robinson
08-May-98 - 11:19 AM
Thread Name: Gil Morice
Subject: Gil Morice -seeking lyrics and info.
I just remembered that I haven't checked to see if the lyrics are already on the DT archive. Ewan MacColl recorded a 44 verse saga; I used to know ALL the verses, but probably only remember about 50-60% now (that might be enough to tell the tale). I think it may also be known as Child Morice.

A real soap opera of a song. Gil Morice sends a message to the Baron's lady, but the Baron intercepts it - despite the nurse's attempts to divert him
The angry Baron heads off to kill the man he presumes is his wife's lover, after which she admits she'd had an illegitimate son, Gil Morice, and the Baron laments his rash action

So - is anybody up to typing out the other 41 verses?
Also - background info.
A true story???
I recall the MacColl sleeve notes said a play based on the story was very popular at one time.

Now I'll go back to search the archives!