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Thread #169426   Message #4094602
Posted By: Felipa
24-Feb-21 - 11:13 AM
Thread Name: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Subject: RE: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Allan Conn, I would say the Marrowbones song is very different even though it involves a woman attempting to push a man into the sea. That woman wants rid of her husband and somehow feeding him marrowbones makes him blind. But he outwits her attempt to drown him.
Eggs and eggs and marrowbones may make your old man blind
But if you want to drown him, you must creep up close behind.

There are several different songs about intentional drownings, for instance Child 10 in which one woman (often a sister) drowns another because of jealousy.