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Some years ago I received e-mail from Martin Guddat of Duisburg, Germany, informing me that "Achim Reichel, a german singer, has set this and some other ballads to music. They are on his CD "Regenballaden." I like all tracks on this CD very much. They contain Goethes "Zauberlehrling," "Trutz Blanke Hans" and "Herr von Ribbeck auf Ribbeck". But beware, the one offered on amazon.com misses the Track 9 with John Maynard. On amazon.de you can get a real audio portion of the song, but it is of very low quality and I would say it is a good bit slower than on the CD."

Here's the URL that will lead you to the place where you can listen to a clip of "John Maynard" set to music.

More recently, I received this message from a correspondent named Martin Jonas: "I came across your website today, and thought you might want to know that "John Maynard" was also set to music by the German folk/rock band "Bergfolk" on their 2002 album "Nach dem Regen". There's a 44-second excerpt on their web site: http://www.bergfolk.de/cms/index.php?id=17. Unfortunately, that snippet doesn't really give a good indication of the arrangement, as it's only the spoken intro and the opening riff, rather than any of the verses actually set to music. The full version is 6:20 minutes."

Since I received the links above, I've discovered that you can hear several musical versions of "John Maynard" on YouTube. Be sure the check them out.

Enjoy!