The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 9: Sweet William

This is the nineth in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. Sweet William is basically the same song as Wake up, it is just a different melody variant, and when we told the story of the runaway couple we used it to begin and end the show. Here the couple is called William and Ellen and the weaponry has changed as William now wields a pistol rather than bow and arrow or sword. Sweet William down from the highlands rode. It was all by the light of the moon. He rode till he came to fair Ellen’s gate and there he lighted down. “Get you up you seven brothers and guard your sister around, for it never shall be said that a steward’s son has taken her out of town” “

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