Mudcat Café message #3937933 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162666   Message #3937933
Posted By: GUEST,Jack Campin
17-Jul-18 - 10:50 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Very few folksongs need any 'insider' knowledge to write them, particularly rural songs.

And you can guarantee that any such insider knowledge would get lost in transmission. Only a small minority in any community know the exact sequence of operations involved in gutting a sheep, threading a loom or building a drystone wall, and if your song followed those steps in order, the next non-specialist to transmit the song would probably rearrange them in a sequence that couldn't actually work.