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VL Crimes
(Child, No. 93)
Michigan A is so fragmentary that it is difficult to tell which of the Child versions (II, 320-342) it most resembles. In only two Child versions, E and W, and in no other American version noted, does Lamkm construct an entrance for himself. It is notable that in Michigan B the lady is not actually murdered, nor is Lamkin punished, as he is in most other texts, by hanging, burnmg, or boiling in a pot full of lead. For additional texts see Barry, Eckstorm, and Smyth, pp. 200--06; Davis, pp. 354-359; Fuson, pp. 71-72; Henry, JAFL, XLIV, 61-63; Mary Ella Leather, The FolJ-Lore of Herefordshire (London, 1912), pp. 199-200; Sharp, I, 201-207; Tolman, JAFL, XXIX, 162-164; and Tolman and Eddy, JAFL, XXXV, 344. Version A was sung and recited in 1935 by Mrs. Sol Riley, near Kalkaska.
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False         Lam - kin was as good a         ma - son         As
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cv - cr         laid a stone,            He              built Lord Ar - nold's
cas - tie, And the          lord          paid                him               none
Sung 1 False Lamkin was as good a mason As ever laid a stone; He built Lord Arnold's castle, And the lord paid him none.
2 He built it without, And he built it within; He built a false window For himself to creep in.
Recited Lord Arnold goes away from home.

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