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Thread #113834   Message #2493813
Posted By: CupOfTea
14-Nov-08 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: Creepy songs
Subject: RE: Creepy songs
The song that gives me the creeps the most intensely is Anne Lister's Song of the Knife. Part of the intensity comes from talking to Anne on a very hot day at Old Songs. As she told me how the song came to be written I went all over chilled in gooseflesh in startling contrast to the sullen mugginess of the day.

Almost any ghost or revenant songs are creepy in my book, but who sings them and how they're sung can amp up or down the creepy factor. Cindy Mangsen has a goodly stock of creepy songs she does, but her matter-of-fact delivery keeps them from making your hair stand up - they take some time to sink in, and you need to be listening carefully. Her version of THE WALKER OF THE SNOW is like that for me, yet when she and Anne Hills do LOST JIMMY WHELAN it's just as prettily sung, but the harmonies create a creepier mood.

Phil Cooper & Margaret Nelson (and later with Kate Early) have always done a good line in bloody murder & revenge ballads and can creep me out every time with DEATH OF YOUNG ANDREW or LORD ABORE AND MARY FLYNN, among dozens in their repertoire.

Joanne in Cleveland