The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 8: Wake Up

This is the eight in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. Wake up is yet another ballad telling the story of Earl Brand/King Vallemo. The ballad has now sailed over the Atlantic with migrants, and as usual it has adapted to its surroundings. The melody has a definite American twang to it and the young man is now proclaiming that his father is a regal king and his mother a Quakers queen. As the young couple rides out of town the father and the seven brothers of the runaway girl are rippling over the plain in hot pursuit. But like in the ballads from the Old World it ends badly once again with a fight between the young man and the father and seven brothers. “

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