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Posted By: Jack Campin
14-May-19 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: If you don't like ballads......
Subject: RE: If you don't like ballads......
The dance aspect of balladry was thought to be part of the evolution of the ballad FORM but it has not anywhere been related to any British ballad, mainly because the dance connection died out long before our modern ballads were written. They also relate only to ring dances, nothing to do with any solo or stepping.

One song which isn't quite a ballad but getting there is the Scottish "Janet jo"/"Jeny jo", in a slightly fuller version as "Irdisches Leben" in the south German "Das
Knaben Wunderhorn". The story is homiletic rather than a real narrative, but it could be part of a real story. As a children's game it seems to go back to the 17th century.