YMMV / Child Ballads

  • Covered Up: Inevitable, since their authors' names are all lost to history.
  • Ear Worm: Many, many Ear Worms.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "The Fair Flower of Northumberland" (#9): Scottish people all suffer from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
    • "The Twa Corbies" (#26): You will die alone, your pets and lover will forget you and leave your body to be eaten by crows.
    • "The Baffled Knight" (#112): if you meet some sweet young thing in the woods, you'd better go ahead and rape her right then and there, because otherwise she'll get away. As the sweet young thing explains to him after her escape.
    • "Little Sir Hugh" (#155): Jews are Always Chaotic Evil and regularly sacrifice innocent Christian children.
  • Fridge Horror: "The Maid and the Palmer" (#21) deals with infanticide and is, thus, plenty disturbing in and of itself. However, there are some variants that have the Maid's children as having been fathered by her father, brother, and uncle or cousin ... which not only makes the Maid look like she came from one of the most Dysfunctional Families in history, but also raises the unsettling possibility that some of those children may well have been conceived via rape.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Captain's ingratitude in "The Golden Vanity" (#286)
  • Tear Jerker: Many.
    • "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (#73), "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" (#74), "Sweet William's Ghost" (#77) and "The Unquiet Grave" (#78) all deal with Star-Crossed Lovers separated by death.
  • Values Dissonance: Loads and loads.