The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 5: Fair Annie

This is the fifth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. With Fair Annie we return to the story of the poor Anna/Annie/La Freine. (See “Les Tristes Noces” and “Skön Anna”) This Child ballad describes the moment Annie’s longtime lover tells her he is going to marry someone else. Annie is after all only a simple girl, and though they have seven sons these sons are not legitimate since he never got around to marry her. Now, since he is after all a nobleman he is going to find himself a real lady … “Learn to make you bed Annie and learn to lie alone for I’m going over the salt seas, a fair lady to bring home With her I’ll get gold and gear, with you I never go

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