Mudcat Café message #1883300 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96348   Message #1883300
Posted By: Bev and Jerry
11-Nov-06 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Why do our songs last so long ?
Subject: RE: Why do our songs last so long ?
Folk songs have been around so long simply because people like 'em.

A list of all known English language folk songs would only contain hundreds or perhaps a few thousand. Even the DT has only about ten thousand and many of them are modern songs. Think how many songs must have been composed in the last few hundered years that are completely unknown today. In short, the popular and well liked songs survive while the rest don't.

Of the forty or so songs that we've written, only two (that we know of) have been "good enough" that other people have learned and sung them.

Also, pop songs tend to remain unchanged from their first recorded form while folk songs are continuously changing. The changes that are good (ie well-liked) stick and the others don't. So, good folk songs have been polished over time to become even better.

Bev and Jerry