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Thread #45697   Message #686570
Posted By: GUEST,CraigS
09-Apr-02 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cruel Mother variant: Fine Flowers in...
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Help:Cruel Mother varient
Very closely related to The Well Below the Valley - recorded by Planxty, ca 1974

Seven years a bird in the wood Seven years a fish in the stream Seven years to ring at the bell And seven years to burn in hell At the well below the valley - o Green grow the lilies - o Right among the bushes - o

There are lots of Irish versions of the Cruel Mother, but not many written down or printed because most involve incestuous relationships.