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Thread #131279 Message #2959981
Posted By: Jim Carroll
07-Aug-10 - 06:07 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: ISO fact-based murder ballad w/a river
Subject: RE: Folklore: ISO fact-based murder ballad w/a river
Banks of The Ohio springs to mind; no direct counterpart in Britain or Ireland, but Laws points out the similarties to some English broadsides.
He also gives numerous versions with different rivers named.
The Two Sisters (Child 20) is probably the best known drowning ballad, but not based on a known case, and no river named.