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The Lovers' Tasks
Last updated: 11.10.23
I found The Lovers' Tasks (or "The Elfin Knight") in 80 English Folk Songs collected by Cecil Sharp & Maud Karpeles during the years 1916 to 1918. I really love this song and much prefer it to the similar Scarborough Fair as I find it more tuneful and the lyrics more intriguing.
I used to love singing this song with Kerstin Knie whereby we would share the verses on a gender basis. The song is of lovers giving each other impossible tasks to perform, the tasks being preconditions for love and marriage.

When with Das Trio it would be sung by Maike Weyerts while I accompanied her on my concertina..
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Manifold Love Voice, Concertina Geoff Grainger
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Geoff Grainger Manifold Love flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif dbe15.gif
cd15.gif Ewan MacColl Classic Scots Ballads CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg The Lovers' Tasks (2:18) John Langstaff