Judy Cook, Folksinger

Mermaid - KY

Author: Trad (KY) [Child 289]

Source: Cecil Sharp, ""Ballads and Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Oxford University Press, 1932, collected from Mrs. Eliza Pace at Hyden, KY, Oct 3, 1917.Child #289

Notes: Child #289 Sung by Mrs. Eliza Pace at Hyden, Leslie Co., KY, Oct 3, 1917. [I have made a few changes: line 1: as I walked out. verse 4: He plumbed the sea. verse 5: for the measles runs around. verse 6: I added from our lives.].Francis James Child ""The English and Scottish Popular Ballads v.5 has 6 versions from England and Scotland. Bertrand Bronson ""The Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads has 42 tunes with texts.""The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection has 8 versions from Northeast Scotland.Helen Hartness Flanders Ancient Ballads Traditionally Sung in New England V 4. has 5 versions.Cecil Sharp ""English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians v 1 has 4 versions.