The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #8767 Message #56847
02-Feb-99 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: 'Orrible Murder!
Subject: RE: 'Orribble Murder!!
"The Outlandish Knight," which is a version of Pretty Polly, has the parrot squawking a welcome to the maiden when she returns...she tries to hush him up so her parents don't find out about her escapades. Other muder ballads dear to my heart: "Frankie and Johnny," "Sheath and Knife," and, of course, "the Banks of the Ohio." I also vaguely remember hearing a Child ballad about a mother who "put her babe in a bottomless boat and pushed it out to sea." Does this ring any bells with anyone? I'd like to get the lyrics if possible.