TWO BABES IN THE WOOD

Latest update on 21/04/2010

Artist: Red Fox Chasers
Author: traditional
Label: Champion
Year: 1931

With Bob Cranford & A.P. Thompson.

Covers:

1949:

Dorothy Howard [Frank Warner recording as Babes In The Wood]

1960:

Almeda Riddle [on Songcatcher II - The Tradition That Inspired The Movie]

1963:

Bob & Ron Copper [Peter Kennedy recording; a Copper family song since the early 19th century; based upon the storyline in broadside The Norfolk Gentleman His Last Will And Testament (1595), where two orphans are send in the wood to be killed by an inherited uncle; it all ends well for the orphans, not so for the uncle]

1967:

Shirley Collins

1968:

Tim Hart

2005:

Copper Family [the next generation on cd Song Links 2; it was a Copper's tradition to sing this song polyphonic at 11 pm on Christmas eve, while ham and rabbit pie was being served; while half of the table took a bite, the other half sang two lines and vice versa; in the interest of everyone's digestion this version was reduced to three verses]

2005:

Cassie Franklin, Emily Creel & Dennis George [American variation; in 1918 Cecil Sharp collected his first version that side of the Atlantic from 76 year old Philander Fitzgerald, ex soldier in the Confederate army]

2009:

Brendan Croker & Bruno Deneckere

Babes In The Wood by Bo Diddley ('62), The Steve Miller Band ('77) and Mary Black ('91) all have different melodies. The same goes for Cole Porter's Two Little Babes In The Wood (from musical Paris).

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