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Thread #166098   Message #3991804
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
11-May-19 - 09:39 AM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
I brought up the question of definitions earlier on this thread. Definitions have varied over time. Early uses of the term are, according to the Oxford Dictionary, difficult to distinguish from uses of 'ballade' a word denoting a particular form of verse. In some early uses, it seems, the word denoted a romantic song, which may be why slow pop songs are now called 'ballads'.

In folk circles, the term mostly denotes a narrative song. I'm thinking that Child may have had something to do with the emphasis on 'ballads'.