Background Info: Love Henry
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Love Henry (Background Info)
- Also known as "Young Hunting" & "Little Scotch-ee"
- From "World Gone Wrong, More About The Songs" by John Way ("The Telegraph" #47):
- This song appears in the Child collection under the title
"Young Hunting" (Child No. 68) and was collected several times by
Cecil Sharp in North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Virginia
between 1914 and 1918. Carl Sandburg printed a version known as
"Little Scotch-ee" in his American Songbag (New York, 1927).
Dylan's performance is a naturalised version of this very old
Scottish ballad, and eight of its nine verses, plus the tune, are
from a variant appearing in Bryan Arnold's "Folksongs Of Alabama,"
which was collected in Lexington, Alabama in 1945. The earliest
printed texts appear to be two from 1827, named "Young Redin" and
"Earl Richard" respectively, though the image of the parrot occurs
in quite a few ballads of greater antiquity, notably "The Outlandish
Knight," and is part of ancient folklore.
-contributed by EDLIS-