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GUEST,Reiver 2 Belfast Street Songs (27) RE: BELFAST STREET SONGS 23 Apr 01


I have a casette tape by David Hammond and Judy Mayhan, that includes a lot of Belfast street songs including "Green Gravel", "The Doffin Mistress", and others. It also includes songs that are not really "street songs", such as "The Gallant Forty-Twa" and "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go" (at least I don't think these would be regarded as "street songs.") Incidently, what is the accurate definition of a "street song? In my mind they've been songs sung primarily by children. Is this correct?

When Reiver 1 and I were actively singing we put together three of the songs on this casette and sang them as a "Belfast Street Songs" medley: "The Wee Falorie Man", "Fan-a-Winnow" and "Johnny Todd" -- they worked well together. We also did a medley of "Glasgow Street Songs" that I think we learned from a Corries record. It included "There Is A Happy Land" (that's the first line... don't know what the actual name is), "Ye Cannae Shove Your Grannie Off a Bus" and one called "Oh Then, Oh Then" or "The World Must Be Comin' Tae an End." I can provide words for most of the songs I've mentioned here, if you can't find them elsewhere.


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