Stagolee: A Digital Compendium – “Stagolee, he’s still alive…” The 21st Century, Part 1

This is Chapter 5 of Stagolee: A Digital Compendium.   See also Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and Chapter 4. Introduction The original idea for this post was to look at Stagolee in the 21st century, to see what’s happened to this ballad in our new age.  Sounds easy enough, right?  We’ve … → read more

Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam…

Found Drowned – George Frederick Watts, 1867 All right folks.  I promised after five separate posts over six months concerning the ballad “Two Sisters” (aka Child 10, aka Roud 8, aka…) that this time I’d have something meaningful to say about it. Let me link first to the other posts … → read more

Bow and Balance to Me

Ok, let’s bring this one on home. In the introductory post for the week, we learned that Child 10, the ballad commonly known as “Two Sisters“, is in fact quite old, with Scandinavian roots stretching back perhaps a thousand years.  We saw great diversity among the versions we listened to, … → read more

I’ll be true unto my love…

When I was linking the lyrics for Clannad’s version of “Two Sisters” for this week’s main post, I was stumped when I saw the refrain on several sites listed as “the boys are born for me”.  I’d always heard it as “the boys are bound for me”.  So I asked … → read more