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Thread #169426   Message #4094627
Posted By: Steve Gardham
24-Feb-21 - 02:12 PM
Thread Name: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Subject: RE: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Absolutely very different songs. Marrowbones is a comic song, whereas 'The Outlandish Knight'/'May Colvin' is a widespread old Child Ballad with equivalents all over Europe.

Dick's objection to the title 'The False Knight upon the Road' is also valid as this is a fairly scarce Child Ballad No3 which contains no drownings or mentions of stretches of water. There are lots of ballads that have versions with the title The False Knight' but only the one with the specific title 'The False Knight upon the Road.'