English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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No. 87. John Hardy.
American variant:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, vi., 134 (with tune).
This is clearly a modern production despite the "sequence of relatives" and the employ­ment of the two beautiful stanzas (Nos. 7 and 8) from "The Lass of Roch Royal" (see Note to No. 61). No better proof could be adduced of the way in which the mountain singers have assimilated and acquired the technique of balladry.
No. 88. Betty Anne.
American variant:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, vi., 134 (with tune).
No. 89. My Boy Billy.
Texts without tunes:—Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes and Tales, pp. 89 and 328. Barmg-
Gould's Nursery Songs and Rhymes, p. 36. Texts with tunes:—Rimbault's Nursery Rhymes, p. 34. Folk-Songs of England, iv., p. 6. American variant:—Wyman and Brockway's Lonesome Tunes, p. 14.
No. 90. Soldier, Won't you Marry Me.
Text with tune:—Percy Dearmer and Martin Shaw's Songtime, p. 82 (used as a child­ren's game).
No. 91. Swananoah Town.
American variant:—Journal of American Folk-Lore, xxvi., 163 (with tune).
No. 92. The Keys of Heaven.
Text without tune:—Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes and Tales, p. 92.
Texts with tunes:—Miss Mason's Nursery Rhymes and Country Tales, p. 27. English
County Songs, p. 32. Songs of the West, 2nd ed., No. 22. Folk Songs from Somerset,
No. 63. Journal of the Folk-Song Society, ii., 85; iv., 297. American variant:—Newell's Games and Songs of American Children, p. 51.
No. 94. The False Young Man.
Texts with tunes:—Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs, i., 199. Folk-Songs of England, ii., 16. Journal of the Folk-Song Society, ii., 152.
The stanza Ai, B4 and C2 is evidently a reminiscence of a similar verse of "Young Hunt­ing," from which this ballad has probably been derived. Compare the tunes A, B and E with those of "The Daemon Lover" (No. 29). The tune of C and some of its words are reminiscent of "The True Lover's Farewell" (No. 61).
No. 95. Pretty Peggy 0.
Texts without tunes:—Gavin Greig's Folk-Song of the North-East, i., art. 15. Ford's Vagabond Songs and Ballads, p. 121. Broadside, "Pretty Peggy of Derby" by Pitts. Texts with tunes:—Christie's Traditional Ballad Airs, i., 277.
"Pretty Girl of Derby 0," is the name of the air to which Thomas Moore, under the mistaken impression that it was an Irish tune, set his "Evelyn's Bower." In the set given by Ford, cited above, the scene is laid in Derby, but in Christie's version and the two variants noted by Gavin Greig Fyvie is substituted for Derby.