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YMMV: Child Ballads


  • Covered Up: Inevitable, since their authors' names are all lost to history.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • "The Fair Flower of Northumberland" (Child #9): Scottish people all suffer from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
    • "The Twa Corbies" (Child #26): You will die alone, your pets and lover will forget you and leave your body to be eaten by crows.
    • "The Baffled Knight" (Child #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" (Child #155): Jews are Always Chaotic Evil and regularly sacrifice innocent Christian children.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Captain's ingratitude in "The Golden Vanity" (Child #286)
  • Tear Jerker: Many.
    • "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73), "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" (Child #74), "Sweet William's Ghost" (Child #77) and "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) all deal with Star-Crossed Lovers separated by death.
  • Values Dissonance: Loads and loads.