folk song

noun
1.
a song originating among the people of a country or area, passed by oral tradition from one singer or generation to the next, often existing in several versions, and marked generally by simple, modal melody and stanzaic, narrative verse.
2.
a song of similar character written by a known composer.

Origin:
1865–70

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folk song
 
n
1.  a song of which the music and text have been handed down by oral tradition among the common people
2.  a modern song which employs or reflects the folk idiom

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It concerns relativistic space travel as a folk song.
The verses of the folk song were engraved on the neck.
His poetry is a curious blend of folk song and sophisticated speech.
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