Week 24: The bonny hind, Sheath and knife

Two closely-related Child ballads for week 24.

The bonny hind isn’t about a deer. Despite describing a situation that most of us have never been in and never will, the story is horribly involving; the dreadful emotional bind of the central surviving character at the end of the song is stunningly vivid. Sung with melodica and flute; arrangement after Tony Rose.

Sheath and knife isn’t about hunting equipment. Although all the details are different, the narrative line of the song – and especially the awful final scene – are closely related to The bonny hind. Sung with double-tracking.

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