late 15th cent. (denoting a light, simple song): from Old French balade, from Provençal balada 'dance, song to dance to', from balar 'to dance', from late Latin ballare (see ball). The sense 'narrative poem' dates from the mid 18th cent
...an eighteenth century ballad about some lost children called the Babes in the Wood.
'You Don't Know Paris' is one of the most beautiful ballads that he ever wrote.