18 march 2008
He wears a scarlet cloak down to his knees.
If you know, then you tell me what this little man might be
Standing still and lonely there among the trees.
Referenced in a book of English Folk Songs as being Trad by Anon. This was the whole thing, just one verse. I knew the tune (the staves were printed, too) but can't name it. The lines seem to me to be dead sinister, or allegorical, or both. Is it a riddle?