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"Lamkin" (Roud 6, Child 93) is an old ballad and probably one of the darkest. It gives an account of the murder of a woman and her infant son by a disgruntled mason. Versions of the ballad are found in Scotland, England, and the USA.

An unpaid mason

In the most common version Lamkin, the stonemason, is hired by Lord Wearie to build him a castle. When it is complete, the Lord refuses to pay, saying he would have to… read more

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  • i love maddy's high harmonies on "beware of long lankin"
  • commoners crown-what a fine album
  • alucinante, maravilloso. Y la voz de Maddy increíble.
  • "And the nurse will hold the basin ... (la la la!) ... for the blood all to run in."
  • there's only one voice like Maddy's.........
  • maddy has a haunting voice on this track
  • sound tune,
  • What a deliciously brutal tale!
  • Gänsehaut!
  • sad ... so sad!

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