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Thread #131279   Message #2960241
Posted By: Steve Gardham
07-Aug-10 - 04:27 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: ISO fact-based murder ballad w/a river
Subject: RE: Folklore: ISO fact-based murder ballad w/a river
The Distressed Maid and all its antecedents and relatives.
The Lily-white hand.

Stock phrases: he took her by the lily-white hand, down by the river side, away she goes and away she flows floating with the tide, Instead of ....she should have been my bride, kind sir I am too young, etc.   Roud 564, Laws P18.

I think some Irish versions mention the name of the river (Slaney?) Blackwater side.

A related song Roud 1414 False-hearted William has the same motifs and some phrases in common. Here though its usually the place that is named rather than the river. Dublin, Camden, Coleraine, Kilmarnock, Charlottetown, Cambridge, Charlestown, London, etc.