Songs of death from The Folk Handbook. Right-click or CTRL-click these links to download the MIDI files of the tunes. You can then play them in QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
- Death And The Lady
This version was collected by Cecil Sharp from Mrs R. Sage at Chew Stoke, on January 11th, 1907.
- The Death Of Queen Jane
Collected by Cecil Sharp from Mrs Sweet (aged 61) at Somerton, in Somerset, on August 2nd, 1906.
Collected by Cecil Sharp from Mrs Emma Overd (right), at Langport, in Somerset, on August 17th, 1904.
- George Collins
This version, called ‘Giles Collins’, was collected by Cecil Sharp from Sister Emma, an Anglican nun, at a convent in Clewer, Berkshire, on February 27th, 1909.
- Rosin The Beau
Collected by Cecil Sharp from Louie Hooper at Hambridge, in Somerset, on January 6th, 1904.
- The Trees They Do Grow High
Collected by Clive Carey from Stephen Spooner, at Midhurst Union workhouse in Sussex, on September 11th and 13th, 1912.
- The Unfortunate Rake
Collected by Henry Hammond from William Curtis, at Lyme Regis, in Dorset, in March 1906, as ‘The Unfortunate Lad’.
- The Unquiet Grave
Collected by Clive Carey from Mr and Mrs Stemp, at Trotton, Sussex, in January 1912.
- What Is The Life Of A Man
Collected by Cecil Sharp from William Spearing at Isle Brewers, Somerset, on January 6th, 1904. Spearing called it ‘The Fall Of The Leaf’.