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The walk from the writing help center to my dorm takes exactly the same amount of time it takes to sing “Young Edward.”
Apparently my vague fanon regarding Mr Stratford’s life is just a huge amalgamation of standard folk song plots where something’s just a little bit off. Like he’s pretty much the result of the ubiquitous “teenage girl takes up with a roguishly charming young lad and ends up rueful and pregnant” songs…except that the charming young rogue grows up to be a serial killer and nobody dies until many years later of totally unrelated causes. And later on, Stratford asks someone rather close to him to go for a walk in a nice secluded rural place not far from a major river…but that someone’s a man and it’s somebody else entirely who he ends up murdering in said secluded rural place. Even his name’s bizarrely appropriate: named him William for the Shakespeare joke, only to realize later that every murderous farmboy in every murder ballad ever is called Willie.
I didn’t notice any of this until a long time after my fanon was established. Were the folk song lyrics in my head somehow subconsciously influencing my fic planning? Is it just the natural consequence of him being a young man who kills people in the pseudo-British countryside? I don’t know, but it’s totally gonna result in some fanfic.
For real, not the ones I’ve actually played most since I got my laptop.
It goes like this:
(be warned: the last one is creepy and violent and just awful. This means it’s the one most frequently stuck in my head in public.)
He went to Fourecks. It’s obvious, really—just listen to “Waltzing Matilda”:
Andy sang, Andy watched, Andy waited while his billy boiled,
You’ll come a waltzing Matilda…
MONDEGREEN LASS, AWAY
The Houghton Weavers
The Limerick Rovers Pierce Campbell Wolfe Tones
have i ever mentioned how much i love recordings of songs where there’s clapping involved?
cause i friggin love clapping, ok
makem & clancy recorded “shores of botany bay”
i already have five different versions of that song, i don’t need another one
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