TITLE: Strawberry Lane (The Elfin Knight)
CATEGORY: Traditional, Public Domain
KEYWORDS: courting, magic, bargaining, dialog, paradox, tasks
EARLIEST PRINTED OR RECORDED REFERENCE: 1673 (broadside)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is, of course, well known because of Simon and Garfunkel’s hit from 1966. Simon’s source is a song of many variations, The Elfin Knight, dating back to the 17th century.
Strawberry Lane is another variation. Alan Lomax, in Folk Songs of North America, categorizes Strawberry Lane as a song from American colonial times. It is a dialogue between a man and woman. In the man’s arrogance he gives nearly impossible tasks to the woman to complete, to become his true love. Continue reading