Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child Ballad #1)

Here’s another one of Anais and Jefferson’s re-imaginings of the old Child Ballads:

Here are the lyrics as Anais and Jefferson sing them:

There were three sisters in the north
Lay the bend to the bonny broom
And they lived in their mother’s house
And you’ll beguile a lady soon

There came a man one evening late Lay the bend…
And he came knocking at the gate And you’ll beguile…

The eldest sister let him in
And locked the door with a silver pin

The second sister made his bed
And laid soft pillows ‘neath his head

The youngest sister, fair and bright
She lay beside him all through the night

And in the morning, come the day
She said, “Young man, will you marry me?”

And he said, “Yes, I’ll marry thee
If you can answer this to me”

“What is greener than the grass?
And what is smoother than the glass?”

“What is louder than a horn?
And what is sharper than a thorn?”

“What is deeper than the sea?
And what is longer than the way?”

“Envy’s greener than the grass
Flattery’s smoother than the glass”

“Rumor’s louder than a horn
Slander’s sharper than a thorn”

“Regret is deeper than the sea
But love is longer than the way”

The eldest sister rang the bell
She rang it from the highest hill

The second sister made the gown
She sewed it of the silk so fine

The youngest sister, true and wise
They’ve made of her a lovely bride

And now fair maids, I bid adieu
These parting words I’ll leave with you

May you always constant prove
Unto the one that you do love

More information about the Child Ballads is here. Anais Mitchell’s website is here.

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About Tim Chesterton

Family man, pastor, storyteller, musician, songwriter. E-mail me at timchesterton at outlook dot com
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2 Responses to Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child Ballad #1)

  1. Another lovely performance. The lyrics gave me a frisson – in a good way. I smiled when Anais tuned her guitar in the middle of the performance.

  2. Tim Chesterton says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Mimi – I had a hunch they would appeal to you.

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