The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #10062   Message #983591
Posted By: GUEST,Jane Bird
15-Jul-03 - 05:09 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Lord Randall
Subject: RE: Lord Randall
Blimey! The longevity of some threads!

I had a Mudcat cookie the last time I contributed to this discussion, and since then I've relearnt the song (the "Green and Yella" version) from my Mum and I sing it quite regularly.

There's a very stark and slightly surreal version on the EFDSS CD, "A Century of Song". Ray Driscoll sings "The Wild, Wild Berry":

"You had better I entreat to eat toads for the meat
Than to eat of the wild, wild berry"

The song describes the protagonist eating woody nightshade, which fascinates me, because it's deadly nightshade that's the real killer.

But perhaps I'm just being pedantistic.