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The Cruel Mother

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Title - The Cruel Mother
Contributors - Lucy Stewart
Reporters - Prof. Kenneth Goldstein

Summary - In this ballad, a young woman kills her two babies straight after their birth. She later sees two children playing ball and tells them she wishes they belonged to her. They reveal themselves to be the ghosts of the two murdered children; they are in Heaven, but she will be going to Hell.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:55
Date Recorded - 1959.12
Language - Scots
Genre - Song
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 56070
Original Tape ID - SA1960.143
Original Track ID - SA1960.143.B11
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - C20; GD1910; GD193; GD194; R9;


Recording Location:
  County - Aberdeenshire
  Parish - Old Deer
  Village - Fetterangus

Item Notes - 8 verses of 4 lines; tape break before final verse.
See:
Greig-Duncan vol. 2, pp. 31-35
'Scotland Sings' (E. MacColl, 1953) p. 7
'Traveller's Joy' (M. Yates, 2006) pp. 58-59
'Scottish Ballads' (E. Lyle, 1994) pp. 248-249
'Bothy Songs & Ballads' (J. Ord, 1930) pp. 459-460
'Ballads of Scotland' vol. 2 (W. E. Aytoun, 1858) pp. 366-368
'Minstrelsy Ancient & Modern' (W. Motherwell, 1827) pp. 161-162
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 1 (W. Christie, 1876) pp. 106-107
'Everyman's Book of British Ballads' (R. Palmer, 1980) pp. 54-55
'Ancient Scottish Ballads' (G. R. Kinloch, 1827) pp. 44-48, 272
'Ancient & Modern Scottish Songs' vol. 2 (D. Herd, 1869, 1973) pp. 237-238
'Last Leaves of Traditional Ballads' (A. Keith, G. Greig, 1925) pp. 21-23
'Ancient Ballads and Songs' vol. 2 (P. Buchan, 1828) pp. 207-209, 211-214
'The Scots Musical Museum' vol. 4 (J. Johnson, R. Burns, 1853) p. 331, no. 320
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 1 (E. Lyle, 1975) pp. 36-38
'Andrew Crawfurd's Collection of Ballads & Songs' vol. 2 (E. Lyle, 1996) pp. 92-94
'Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads' vol. 1 (B. H. Bronson & F. J. Child, 1959) pp. 276-296


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