“Who is this crazy lady singing to herself?” Well, judging by old books I’ve read, most people used to sing to themselves. “But why is she singing the old English folk-song ‘Barbara Allen’ when this comic is set in a fictional world?” Well, that I have less of a good explanation for.
Anyway, here’s a nice version of “Barbara Allen” by Shirley Collins:
Notice it doesn’t have the same lyrics as the version I’ve used above, as they often varied greatly between versions. Fun, unsubstantiated note: supposedly “Barbara Allen” is the most recorded English-language song ever. I do not remember where I read this.