AG: “Barbara Allen” is another classic, You’ve all heard of… how many have heard of “Barbara Allen”?.. let’s.. I can’t imagine anyone hasn’t heard of “Barbara Allen” – I think Joan Baez sings that? – Everybody sings that (or every girl that has a guitar – in 1940 every girl that had a guitar sang “Barbara Allen”. And the classic lines are at the very end –
“O mother, mother, make my bed,/O make it saft and narrow:/My love has died for me today,/ I’ll die for him tomorrow.” – “O mother, mother, make my bed” is sort of the feminine equivalent of the…
And.. (it was a tolerant humor that “Lord Barnard” had when he repented, I thought, it’s amazing, a sort of objectivity, an tolerant humor and then an objectivity, how should he arrange the corpses).
Apparently, the young boy has insulted Barbara Allen and then he’s dying, and she comes to his deathbed, and she hectors him for having slighted her, and he turns his face to the wall and dies, and then she goes home to her mother, and says, “O mother, mother, make my bed, my boyfriend died for me, now I’ll die for him”. Obviously, a long story that is not being told there, I mean, it’s a long novel. So it’s reduced just to the simplest archival moments within it.
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