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Thread #169426   Message #4094656
Posted By: Felipa
24-Feb-21 - 03:48 PM
Thread Name: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Subject: RE: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Steve Gardham, my point was that the False Knight Upon the Road is what Pete Seeger called his version of the Outlandish Knight, and presumably source did as well; and that there are several names for versions of the Outlandish Knight. It is certainly true that using the same title as that of a very different ballad - Child #3 - causes confusion. It's hardly the only time though that different songs are found to share the same or similar titles.

It woould be an idea to rewrite Pretty Polly, in which the wronged woman is killed, to give her a victorious ending. Omie Wise also has a similar motif to Pretty Polly.