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(Source-Edith Ballinger Price, Newprt, RI)

Child Ballad #11. One is not certain about the relationship between brother and sister. You may draw your own conclusions.

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Three ladies played at cup and ball
With a hey and a lady gay
Three knights there came among them all
The rose it smells so sweetly

And one of them was dressed in red
He asked me with him to wed

And one of them was dressed in yellow
He asked me to be his fellow

And one of them was dressed in green
He asked me to be his queen

O You must ask my father the king
And you must ask my mother the queen

You must ask my sister Ann
And you must ask my brother John

O I have asked your father the King
And I have asked your mother the Queen

And I have asked your sister Ann
And I have asked your her brother John

Her father the king led her down the hall
Her mother the queen led down the stair

Her sister Ann led her down the path
Her brother John set her on her horse

And as she bent to give him a kiss
He stuck his penknife into her breast

Now up and ride my foremost man
My lady fair looks pale and wan

And what will you leave to your father the king
The golden chair that I sit in

And what will you leave to your mother the queen
The golden coach that I ride in

And what will you leave to your sister Ann
My silver broach and ivory fan

And what will you leave to your brother John
A pair of gallows to hang him on

credits

from Dad's Dinner Pail and Other Songs From the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection, released July 26, 2005
Debra Cowan: vocals
Michael DeLalla: Baroque guitar
Ralph Gordon: cello

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Debra Cowan Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Singer Debra Cowan performs a cappella and with guitar, interpreting a wide range of folk songs. Debra has two acclaimed solo recordings to her credit, and her third, “Fond Desire Farewell” was produced by former Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. A former California resident, she now resides in Massachusetts and tours all over North America and the United Kingdom. ... more

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