A WORD OF WARNING: You may find some of these ballads
difficult to understand because they rarely indicate who is speaking,
and then once you have figured out who is speaking, the speaker can change.
No change of speaker is usually indicated! Often there
are no quotation marks at all to indicate that one of the characters is
So, try to keep track of who is speaking at any given time: the narrator,
or one of the characters in the story. If you get confused, it is probably
because there has been a change of speaker that you didn't notice. So
please, please read these very slowly - hopefully you will also
be listening to the recording, and that will really really help
slow you down!