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Thread #18620   Message #185739
Posted By: Abby Sale
27-Feb-00 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
Subject: RE: The Best Song Lines EVER--For Us Newbies
I'll sort of make a challenge of it. I first heard the on its own in the course of normal conversation with Martin Carthy, although I don't know that he ever put the song on record. I sing it to myself - I've never been cruel enough to sing it in public (Carthy or any good ballad singer could get away with it but that's different.) It's a good song & the longest I know. I actually first started learning the song in 1960 from Ewan MacColl's _English & Scottish Popular Ballad_ series but it took 25 years. About 2 verses per year.

I don't know that it's my favorite line anywhere but it certainly says something on its own and says more about ballodic use of language.

Sorry to run on. Nostalgia.

Nae wyte a man wi' violence, That ne're wyte you wi' nane.