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Ravensdaughter - The Lailly Worm 

'The Lailly Worm' is a traditional song, listed as number 36 in Vol 1 of the English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1989) collection by Francis James Child. Its full title is 'The Lailly Worm and the Mackerel of the Sea' and the song tells a story that is so bizarre that it leaves you asking so many questions when you listen to it. Only a traditional song could get away with such weirdness and it is one of the reasons why traditional music is so fascinating.


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1. Rise up St. George 
2. Shepherds Arise 
3. The Devil and the Soldiers 
4. Corvell's Fancy 
5. Perkin Warbeck 
6. Darkside 
7. The Ballad of Thomas Winter 
8. Pastime with Good Company 
9. Ravensdaughter 
10. Roses 
11. The Lailly Worm 
12. Dick's Delight/Dead Man's Fingers 
13. William of Ashleigh 
14. Nightmare Jack 
15. The Banks of the Nile 
16. Journey's End 
17. St. George's Anthem