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Posted By: Jim Carroll
10-Aug-13 - 04:40 AM
Thread Name: Extreme 'goodnight songs'
Subject: RE: Extreme 'goodnight songs'
There's an Irish song entitled 'Eight Ways a Man Can die'
And another (title escapes me) which starts at the subject's birth and actually finishes with the fading of the light and his last breath
Just the thing to get a session swinging
One of the English Goodnight Ballads in the first person finishes AFTER the rope tightens.
Bert Lloyd once claimed that the term 'Goodnight Ballad' originated with a description by Daniel Defoe of the custom of spectators at public executions shouting 'Goodnight" at the actual second that the customer went to join the 'choir invisibule'
Ive never been able to confirm or dispute this - has anybody?
Jim Carroll