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Thread #108085   Message #2245836
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
26-Jan-08 - 09:04 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Silkie (as sung by Anne Lister)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Silkie (as sung by Anne Lister)
That's the implication, but it occurs in no other version of the song. Bruford thought the final verses rather contrived, and suggested that they 'were added by some local person to supply the defective version of the ballad which he had heard', but that that person 'was working within the tradition'.

The gunner episode in other versions is quite straightforward, surely?