Jon notes his source here as “From Frankie Armstrong. This is sort of Barbara Allen but with a bit more venom.” A bit of righteous indignation indeed. Mainly Norfolk has this covered and also has Martin Carthy and Steeleye’s versions. The suggestion is that she’s tanned from working the fields and therefore not a fair maid, although matey boy seems to get his comeuppance for the rejection. It’s #295 in Child’s collection and there are at least two versions of it. You can Wiki here and if you follow the link through explore more about the Child Ballads should time allow and the fancy take you.
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