I was a '90s kid, already seen it.
Folklore music is some of the best out there. They tell such expressive stories and in such beautiful ways and through such amazing vocals. It is such a shame so many people are deadset against expanding their musical tastes, because there is so much out there to listen to that is amazing from house to folk to hip hop to synth.
Such as this song, Matty Groves. It’s just amazing. It is a book sung to you and in such and amazing way.
Little Matty Groves, he lay down and took a little sleep
When he awoke, Lord Donald was standing at his feet
Saying “How do you like my feather bed and how do you like my sheets
How do you like my lady who lies in your arms asleep?”
“Oh, well I like your feather bed and well I like your sheets
But better I like your lady gay who lies in my arms asleep”
"Well, get up, get up, " Lord Donald cried, “get up as quick as you can
It’ll never be said in fair England that I slew a naked man”
“Oh, I can’t get up, I won’t get up, I can’t get up for my life
For you have two long beaten swords and I not a pocket knife”
“Well it’s true I have two beaten swords and they cost me deep in the purse But you will have the better of them and I will have the worse
And you will strike the very first blow and strike it like a man
I will strike the very next blow and I’ll kill you if I can”
So Matty struck the very first blow and he hurt Lord Donald sore
Lord Donald struck the very next blow and Matty struck no more
And then Lord Donald took his wife and he sat her on his knee
Saying "Who do you like the best of us, Matty Groves or me?"
And then up spoke his own dear wife, never heard to speak so free
"I’d rather a kiss from dead Matty’s lips than you or your finery"
Lord Donald he jumped up and loudly he did bawl
He struck his wife right through the heart and pinned her against the wall
"A grave, a grave, " Lord Donald cried, “to put these lovers in
But bury my lady at the top for she was of noble kin”