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Thread #52803 Message #809431
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
23-Oct-02 - 01:28 PM
Thread Name: Choosing a Child Ballad for Study
Subject: RE: Choosing a Child Ballad for Study
You want to lose the "htt" from that link, Sorcha!
The second form Ian mentioned is usually called Henry my Son. The third is an unusual example, not found anywhere else, so it might not suit the plan. You might want to consider instead the Music Hall parody Green and Yeller, which has itself entered tradition. There's a set in the DT here, though Pete Seeger has (wrongly, I think) given it the title Henry my Son.
For some fairly recent examples from tradition in the USA, see The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection: