The Cruel Ship’s Captain / The Captain’s Apprentice

Introduction – “The Cruel Ship’s Captain” Today’s ballad is notable both for its brevity and for the depravity it depicts.  The brevity is mostly a product of the Anglophone seamen and laborers who worked the song over time to a fine edge like a blade on a whetstone.  The depravity derives from the combination of human … → read more

“Oh Father, cruel Father, you will die a public show!”

View of the Beaulieu River from the Mill House B and B, in the lowlands of Hampshire County, England (courtesy of TripAdvisor)This song makes me want to stay here and sing on this patio! Our first post this week introduced the murder ballad “Young Emily”.  It’s English and was known originally in … → read more