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Thread #169426   Message #4094668
Posted By: Steve Gardham
24-Feb-21 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Subject: RE: ballad - she pushes him into the river
Perhaps Pete didn't compile the album himself. But whoever did, it's a mistake that shouldn't be perpetrated to cause further confusion. It's already confused by the addition of material from another ballad to several versions including Pete's. There are as you say lots of titles for Child 4 but no traditional version uses the Child 3 title.
The concensus of opinion on the other thread was that Pete took his version from a Nova Scotia version collected by Flanders and that version only has the generic Child title.

BTW there at least 10 different ballads with the title 'Pretty Polly';-)