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Origins: Alison Cross / Allison Gross

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ALLISON GROSS


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GUEST,avia 26 Mar 09 - 07:48 PM
Bill D 26 Mar 09 - 07:51 PM
Emma B 26 Mar 09 - 07:55 PM
Lighter 26 Mar 09 - 08:11 PM
GUEST 23 Jun 10 - 02:55 PM
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Subject: Origins: history of alison cross. anyone?
From: GUEST,avia
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 07:48 PM

hello, i'm looking for the history behind the scottish song alison cross sung by malinky. is it scottish? who wrote it and the air?
what is the story behind the lyrics?
thanks for any help.
good night.
avia


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Subject: RE: Origins: history of alison cross. anyone?
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 07:51 PM

Also known as Allison Gross


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Subject: RE: Origins: history of alison cross. anyone?
From: Emma B
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 07:55 PM

"Allison Gross" (also known as Alison Cross) is a traditional ballad, catalogued as Child Ballad #35. It tells the story of "the ugliest witch in the north country" who tries to persuade a man to become her lover and then punishes him by a transformation.

'Wiki'

"This tale is a variety of 'Beauty and the Beast'
An elf, a hill troll, a mermaid make a young man offers of splendid gifts to obtain his love or the promise of his faith"

From The English and Scottish Popular Ballads edt Francis James Child


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Subject: RE: Origins: history of alison cross. anyone?
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 08:11 PM

Steeleye Span recorded a memorable rock version of it in the '70s.


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Subject: RE: Origins: history of alison cross. anyone?
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 10 - 02:55 PM

I suggest you seek out Charles Vess' Books of Ballads and Sagas which has some history as collected by Ken Roseman in it. It's been rereleased and available on Amazon, etc.


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