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Thread #113834   Message #2426683
Posted By: Jay777
31-Aug-08 - 06:35 AM
Thread Name: Creepy songs
Subject: RE: Creepy songs
Terry McDonald mentioned Paul Simon's "A Most Peculiar Man". Paul sings it on The Paul Simon Song Book album, CBS, 1965, which remains one of my top ten best albums ever. Judith Piepe's sleeve notes about that track say: "Epitaph for a suicide, what a shame he's dead, but wasn't he a most peculiar man? A memorial to the face in the crowd, to you, to me,the face of the sound of silence".

This album is well worth a listen. It includes beautiful, simple, versions of "The Sound of Silence" and "I am a Rock". Also, "A Church is Burning", about the KKK, and P. Kane's "The Side of a Hill", for which Piepe's notes say: "An anti-war song with a difference, it waves no tired flags at us but state simply: what is the life of a child worth?...A sad-gay lullaby for dead children and the dead consciences". Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" has "Side of a Hill" in the background.