Of maidens and sailors and Doleful Ghosts: Helpful survival tips from English folk ballads

"If someone says that he’s planning to kill you, believe him."..."Avoid situations where the obvious rhyme-word is 'maidenhead.'" So warns Jim Macdonald in these helpful tips, gleaned from English folk music, that can help you stay alive, healthy, wealthy, and not deflowered.

More than one wag has pointed out that we can learn a lot about being an Evil Genius™ from watching the mistakes made by same in our favorite heroic adventure movies. That, alas, is seldom period for those of us in the Current Middle Ages. Yet all is not lost, for we have the guidance of the English Folk Ballad to warn us of life's perils!

Thanks to Grizel for posting this to the Middle Kingdom e-list.