Ballad

A popular narrative song passed down orally. In the English tradition, it usually follows a form of rhymed quatrains alternating four-stress and three-stress lines. Folk (or traditional) ballads are anonymous and recount tragic, comic, or heroic stories with emphasis on a central dramatic event. Originally Ballads were dancing songs. Ballads were particularly characteristic of the popular poetry and song of the British Isles from the later medieval period until the 19th century and used extensively across Europe and later the Americas, Australia and North Africa. Many sheets were written and sold to broadsides. a narrative song, their theme and function may originate from Scandinavian and Germanic traditions of storytelling that can be seen in poems such as Beowulf which is now a movie. So Ballads are very interesting to me .

who will hear our song,
if we are gone?
Will you feel our pain,
As our blood falls as rain?
Who will know our strife,
If you take our life?
Why can we be free,
we leave you be.
What would you have done,
If it were you under the gun?
You say we are killers
That we thirst for blood.
But you became a murderure
When the first shot rung.

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