Robin Hood and The Tanner ballad

A.L. Lloyd sang Robin Hood and the Tanner on his and Ewan MacColl’s 1956 anthology on the Riverside Label The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads) Volume I, All of his tracks from this series were reissued in 2011 on the Fellside album Bramble Briars and Beams of the Sun.

Roy Harris sang Robin Hood and the Tanner on his 1972 Topic album, The Bitter and the Sweet. This track was also included in the same year on the Topic Sampler No. 8, English Garland. A.L.

A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads derive from the medieval French chanson balladée or ballade, which were originally “dance songs”. Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of Britain and Ireland from the later medieval period until the 19th century. They were widely used across Europe, and later in Australia, North Africa, North America and South America. Ballads are often 13 lines with an ABABBCBC form, consisting of couplets (two lines) of rhymed verse, each of 14 syllables. Another common form is ABAB or ABCB repeated, in alternating 8 and 6 syllable lines.

I chose Robin Hood and The Tanner to homecoming for my analysis. I will first explain what a ballad is. Ballad is a musical in the form of a musical narrative. Baladas are particularly characteristic of the popular poems and songs of the British Isles from the middle ages through the 19th century and were used extensively throughout Europe and then America, Australia and north Africa.

Robin Hood of balada was very popular in England for several hundred years. 37 children’s ballads are Robin Hood ballads. In some versions of the tanner’s ballad, Arthur a, is, in fact, little John’s brother or cousin. This ballad is kid number 126’s song. There’s been a lot of speculation about the identity of Robin Hood. According to sharp Robin Hood born in the time of Henry ii, probably Robert fitzooth, perhaps the earl of huntington. His actions are centered around barnsdale and Sherwood. Legend has it that he died in 1247 at the age of 87 in kirkley’s nunley in Yorkshire. Use the links below to explore further legend. For a complete list of children’s ballads on this website see Francis j. child ballad.

While listening to me capture the spirit of the middle ages perfectly, and this is further complimented by the build that you have introduced throughout the song. The great vowels and Settings that reflect the spirit of the moment

Below are the lyrics of the Robin Hood ballad:


Bob Lewis sing Robin Hood and the Tanner

It’s of a bold tanner in fair Devonshire,
His name it was Arthur O Brann;
There wasn’t a man in all Devonshire,
Could make this bold Arthur to stand,
Ay, could make this bold Arthur to stand.

Bold Arthur walked out on a fine summer’s morn,
For to view the merry green wood;
In search of a deer that runs here and there,
And there he spied bold Robin Hood,
Ay, and there he spied bold Robin Hood.

“Good morning bold fellow,” says bold Robin Hood,
“How camest thou here?”
“I will tell thee in brief thou looks like some thief,
Thou art come for to steal the king’s deer,
Ay, thou art come for to steal the king’s deer.”

“I will have a fat doe afore I do go,
Although it may cause me a fall;
For I have a staff made out of green graff,
And I think he would do for you all,
Ay, and I think he would do for you all.”

“And I have another,” then says Robin Hood,
“Made out of the bonny oak tree;
Three feet and a half he would knock down a calf,
And I think he would knock down thee,
Ay, and I think he would knock down thee.”

“Let’s measure our sticks,” then says Robin Hood,
“Before we commence our fray;
And if mine be half a foot longer than thine,
Well that shall be counted fair play,
Ay, and that shall be counted fair play.”

They measures their sticks and at it they went,
For the space of an hour or more;
And every blow made the groves for to ring,
They played their game so sure,
Ay, they played their game so sure.

“Hold on, hold on,” then cried Robin Hood,
“I pray that your courage to fall;
Before that we break or our bones for to smash,
And gain no coin at all,
Ay, and gain no coin at all.”

Bold Robin pulled out his long bugle horn,
He blowed it so loud and so shrill;
And then thereupon he spied Little John,
Come a-trippling down over the hill,
Ay, come trippling down over the hill.

“Oh what is the matter,” then says Little John,
“Bold Robin, I pray me tell;
There is something amiss, I see that there is,
For I see thee doesn’t look well,
Ay, I see that thee doesn’t look well.”

“Oh here I do stand with my staff in my hand,
Bold Tanner he stands by my side;
He’s a bonny brisk man, just fit for our gang,
And so well he has tanned my hide,
Ay, and so well he has tanned my hide.

“Oh if he’s a tanner,” then says Little John,
“The tanner that tans so true;
There’s not the least doubt he’ll have one more bout,
And so well he shall tan my hide too,
Ay, and so well he shall tan my hide too.”

“Oh no, oh no,” then says Robin Hood,
“For he is a hero so bold;
He’s a bonny brisk blade and master of his trade,
And by no man he won’t be controlled,
Ay, and by no man he won’t be controlled.”


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