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Thread #145512   Message #3369246
Posted By: Steve Gardham
28-Jun-12 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Richie,
You can probably guess my response.

Child wasn't very impressed with the whole ballad, and Bronson had little to add, so we're probably left with an 18th century broadside origin for the 4 versions in Child. If it wasn't for the few versions provided by Motherwell one would suspect that WS had been upto his usual tricks.