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Richard Mellish Folklore: Singing about hell, the devil, evil (35) RE: Folklore: Singing about hell, the devil, evil 28 Jun 20


One that I sing is the story of Jonas the Suffolk ploughboy, from Bob Roberts. Like Faust, Jonas sold his soul to the Devil and in the end was taken off to Hell. Introducing it, Bob said that it hasn't much of a chorus, more of a shout; and you need to shout when this song is sung to scare the Devil away, because otherwise he is apt to turn up when his name is mentioned -- hence the expression "Speak of the Devil".


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