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Lyr Req: Bold Soldier: Versions & Lyrics

Richie 08 Nov 11 - 04:00 PM
Jim Dixon 10 Nov 11 - 09:43 AM
Jim Dixon 10 Nov 11 - 10:03 AM
GUEST,SteveG 10 Nov 11 - 04:25 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Bold Soldier: Versions & Lyrics
From: Richie
Date: 08 Nov 11 - 04:00 PM

Hi,

I'm working on the Child Ballads and have designated "The Bold Soldier as Child 7A as has Bronson.

I've put some versions here: http://bluegrassmessengers.com/us-versions-child-7a-lady--the-dragoon.aspx

I need some help find the lyrics to broadside version from 1800 found in The Echo: or, Columbian Songster. 2d ed., Brookfield, Mass., pp. 150-152.

There are several digital books at google books and internet archives, earlier and later editions- none seem to have this.

Anyone?

Any other versions?

TY

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Soldier: Versions & Lyrics
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 09:43 AM

Google Books lists your book here but it doesn't have viewable page images.

WorldCat.org has a bit more bibliographical information, and it indicates that copies are held by Western Kentucky University (in Bowling Green), Brown University (Providence, RI) and Harvard.

You might try talking to a librarian at your local library about borrowing the book through interlibrary loan. It might help if you're connected with a college or university yourself.

We have one version of THE BOLD SOLDIER posted in another thread: here. It might be the version recorded by Burl Ives.

I'm curious: How did you hear about this version you are seeking? Can you quote any lines from it?

Meanwhile, I'll go searching for other versions.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Soldier: Versions & Lyrics
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 10:03 AM

A version of THE BOLD SOLDIER might be found in Ancient Ballads Traditionally Sung in New England: from the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt (Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press ©1960-©1965)--at least that came up when I Googled with the phrase "Fight on said the lady..." Lots of libraries have that book.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold Soldier: Versions & Lyrics
From: GUEST,SteveG
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 04:25 PM

Why oh why does 'The Bold Soldier/Dragoon' have to have anything to do with Child 7? Because they share a couple of lines or a simple motif doesn't make them in any way the same song. Many many ballads share commonplaces, broadside ballads like The Bold Soldier, Child Ballads like 7, but this doesn't make them the same song. One of Bronson's few faults was he seemed desperate to put things together with very little to connect them.

I have lots of different broadside versions of the Bold Soldier if you want them. If you want references to all known versions the Roud Index at EFDSS will give you this.


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