:: Title :: Lord Thomas And Fair Ellender (III)
:: Genre :: ballad, Child ballad
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Jean Ritchie I 5/49
:: Date :: 5/5/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1017.0, Track 10 (00:01:16)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Notes on tape box (for session 1016) read: "Game songs" [Source: Tape Box]
2 - Session 1016 is comprised of game songs. Many of them are playparty games. Session 1017 is included as well as both sessions were recorded on May 5, 1949. 1017 returns primarily to ballads and love songs.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Notes on tape box read: "I got the words from a little book my papa printed called 'Lover's Melodies', this one and 'The Printer's Bride, Fair Willie' [sic], when I couldn't think of a line I'd make it up" [Source: Tape Box]
0 - And then would come the time when my heavy eyelids began to drop, and my mind to wander all around and the people in the ballads would pass before me out there in the sparkly dusk?alive and beautiful. Fair Ellender rode slowly by on her snow-white horse, her hair like long strands of silver and her face like milk in the moonlight. Then came her waiting maids, dressed all in green and holding their heads high and proud?Lord Thomas, tall and brave with sword shining in his hand?the wedding folk around the long table. Then, in some easy manner that never had to be explained, I became Fair Ellender, and the movement of the porch swing became the slow, graceful walking of the white horse. Hundreds of people lined the broad highway as I rode by, taking me to be some queen, as the song wound its way to the tragic ending. (excerpt from Singing Family of the Cumberlands, Jean Ritchie) [Source: Singing Family of the Cumberlands]
0 - The related title "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" is Child ballad #73.
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950



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