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Thread #158199 Message #3739507
Posted By: GUEST
24-Sep-15 - 09:28 AM
Thread Name: what do the words mean?Child Ballad 281(The Creel)
Subject: RE: what do the words mean?Child Ballad 281(The Creel)
Various colours are used with reference to the military. They refer to the colour of the trimmings on the uniform which varied between regiments, or, in the case of The Royal Horse Guards, to the uniform itself.
Going back to the original topic we often try to read too much into ballads. With oral transmission modegreens creep in and singers forget pieces and substitute something else or just change things because they think they sound better.