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Jim Carroll If you don't like ballads...... (252* d) RE: If you don't like ballads...... 16 May 19

"On the 'communal creation' theory of origins, "
Again, you have the problem of theories being approached as religious creeds and being abandoned when they become 'unfashionable'
I have little doubt that some songs were still being composed by several authors into the 20th century - not everywhere, of course, but it was certainly happening
I see no reason why the some ballads couldn't have come to life in this manner
We'll never know which, of course - I have little doubt the "who made the ballads enigma will still be being debated a century from now
I also have little doubt that 'the folk' were more than able to have done so

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