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Pretty Polly

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Publication date
1750
Language
English
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"Pretty Polly", "The Gosport Tragedy" or "The Cruel Ship's Carpenter" or "The Ghost Ship" (Laws P36, Roud 15) is a traditional English-language folk song found in the British Isles, Canada, and the Appalachian region of North America, among other places. The song is a murder ballad, telling of a young woman lured into the forest where she is killed and buried in a shallow grave. Many variants of the story have the villain as a ship's carpenter who promises to marry Polly but murders her when she becomes pregnant. When he goes back to sea, either he is haunted by her ghost, confesses to the murder, goes mad and dies, or the ship will not sail, he denies the murder and is ripped to pieces by her ghost.
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Pretty Polly Otis Taylor 1997 Unverified
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Pretty Polly Trees 2008 Unverified
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February 17, 2016
November 4, 2016
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January 19, 2018
June 17, 2019

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April 1926 First recording on December 21, 1925
First release
January 1927
(The North Carolina Ramblers) 1928
1929
November 1938 Medley
March 1949
1953
1958
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February 1965
1971
1999
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September 5, 2010

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1956
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March 31, 2009
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May 29, 2012
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1947 First recording in 1946
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April 1961
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January 29, 2014
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May 10, 2016
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March 15, 2019
Pastures of Plenty (B1) Bob Dylan Unverified

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January 13, 1964 First recording on August 7, 1963
First release
December 1965
November 1973
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October 10, 1994 Live
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March 27, 2010
January 24, 2012
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July 21, 2016

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