Mudcat Café message #193639 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19122   Message #193639
Posted By: Sandy Paton
11-Mar-00 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barbara Allen (different versions)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Barbara Allen' different versions
I guess I'll post some obvious suggestions. Go to your library and look at Bertrand Bronson's great collection in four massive volumes: The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads. Get it through inter-library loan, if you must. Look up #84 and you'll see enough versions of "Barbara Allen" to last you for a lifetime. Then, go to Traditonal Ballads of Virginia by A. K. Davis. After that, find the same author's More Traditional Ballads of Virginia. After you've read all of the versions printed in these collections, you may decide to switch to a different ballad for awhile.