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Creepy songs

Black belt caterpillar wrestler 28 Aug 08 - 08:49 AM
McGrath of Harlow 28 Aug 08 - 07:37 AM
GUEST,lox 28 Aug 08 - 07:26 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 28 Aug 08 - 07:10 AM
fat B****rd 28 Aug 08 - 07:07 AM
kendall 28 Aug 08 - 06:57 AM
cobber 28 Aug 08 - 02:17 AM
Elijah Browning 28 Aug 08 - 12:14 AM
Phil Cooper 27 Aug 08 - 11:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 08:49 AM

Clint Eastwood's watch?


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 07:37 AM

The way the prettiest tune can sound sinister on a musical box, especially as it slows down and stops. Nursery rhymes especially.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 07:26 AM

I saw a guy perform at an acoustic club once who unintentionally turned a pretty Bruce Springsteen ballad into the creepiest song imaginable.

It concerned watching a woman as she went about her daily routine and was originally written to be affectionate and romantic, however the tuneless slightly catatonic manner of this guys performance made it seem as though it was written by some obsessive murderous stalker.

In the right hands any song can be creepy.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 07:10 AM

Bread and Roses' rendition of MR FOX (from the album "Mr Fox's Garden") with its sudden cut off ending.
You so want to know what happened next and at the same time, you so don't want to know.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 07:07 AM

THE LONG BLACK VEIL


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: kendall
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 06:57 AM

LOST JIMMY WHELAN
No, never no


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: cobber
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 02:17 AM

Creepy songs can be fun. I remember back in the 1950's at a boy scout camp learning "As you see the hearse go by" at night around the campfire. It was scary but delicious.

As you see the hearse go by
OOOHH aah ahh aahh
Think you may be the next to die
(More maniacal groans and laughter)

They put you in a wooden box
And cover you up with a heap of rocks

All goes well for about a week
Then your coffin begins to leak

The worms go in and they come out
They go in thin and they come out stout

Pus oozes out like thick rich cream
Your liver turns a ghastly green

Your eyes fall in and your teeth fall out
Your brains come trickling down your snout
(Sniff)

The moral of this story needs no explanation
It's really much better to have a cremation

Ah! What fun!


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Elijah Browning
Date: 28 Aug 08 - 12:14 AM

Songs with ghosts in them.
I don't mean songs about ghosts. Maybe some are about ghosts, but they don't have to be. I like songs with ghosts IN them. I remember the No Exit in Chicago, late night on a Thursday, second set, in the dead of winter when the blowing heater hung from the ceiling left you cold or baking depending on where you sat or when. Art Thieme sang songs, and I heard them, the ghosts, in the songs. Speaking, singing, out past the muffle of dirt and snow, time and entropy. Whether it was loving the best they could muster like "HOT BUTTERED RUM" or the frozen terror of black blood in the moonlight spilled by the "GRIESELY BRIDE", these songs had ghosts in them. I remember thinking of the songs written way past mortal bedtime, songs from the founding of the city, the state, the nation, that each writer was dead, gone, dust. Dust just like me, that for a few score of decades "got a chance to sit up and look around" to quote Woody via Mr. Thieme.
Ghosts. A city that no longer is from which I am no longer from. Ghosts in the songs. I press play, and they come.
Sorry. Not exactly the right response. Running with the muse tonight. My apologies.
-E.B.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 11:26 PM

Pat Sky's DIRGE TO LOVE GONE BY. Ray Fisher's rendition of the ballad where Willie's lover's ghost comes back and tears his body in three parts. Bob Pegg's MR. FOX. The list could go on...


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: irishrover
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 09:49 PM

The Kingston Trio's rendition of "WITH HER HEAD TUCKED UNDERNEATH HER ARM' (a.k.a. "Anne Boleyn") is somewhat creepy to me.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANGIE BABY (Alan O'Day - Helen Reddy)
From: Cluin
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 09:07 PM

"Angie Baby" sung by Helen Reddy. c. 1974

ANGIE BABY
written by Alan O'Day

You live your life in the songs you hear o the rock and roll radio
And when a young girl doesn't have any friends, that's a really nice place to go
Folks hoping you'd turn out cool
But they had to take you outta school
You're a little touched, you know, Angie Baby

Lovers appear in your room each night and they whirl you `cross the floor
But they always seem to fade away when your daddy taps on your door
"Angie girl, are you all right
Tell the radio good-night"
All alone once more, Angie Baby

Angie Baby
You're a special lady
Living in a world of make-believe
Well, maybe...

Stopping at her house is a neighbor boy with evil on his mind
'Cause he's been peeking in Angie's room at night through her window blind
"I see your folks have gone away
Would you dance with me today?
I'll show you how to have a good time, Angie Baby"

When he walks in her room, he feels confused like he walked into a play
And the music's so loud it spins him around `til his soul has lost its way

And as she turns the volume down
He's getting smaller with the sound
It seems to pull him off the ground
Toward the radio he's bound
Never to be found...

The headlines read that a boy disappeared and everyone thinks he died
'Cept a crazy girl with a secret lover who keeps her satisfied
It's so nice to be insane
No one asks you to explain
Radio by your side, Angie Baby

Angie Baby
You're a special lady
Living in a world of make-believe
Well, maybe...
Well, maybe...


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHAT'S HE BUILDING (Tom Waits)
From: bobad
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 06:40 PM

This Tom Waits song is pretty spooky:

WHAT'S HE BUILDING?
As recorded by Tom Waits on "Mule Variations" (1999)

What's he building in there?
What the hell is he building in there?

He has subscriptions to those magazines.
He never waves when he goes by.
He's hiding something from the rest of us.
He's all to himself; I think I know why.

He took down the tire swing from the pepper tree.
He has no children of his own, you see.
He has no dog and he has no friends,
And his lawn is dying, and what about all those packages he sends?

What's he building in there?
With that hook light on the stairs.
What's he building in there?
I'll tell you one thing: he's not building a playhouse for the children.
What's he building in there?

Now what's that sound from under the door?
He's pounding nails into a hardwood floor.
And I swear to God I heard someone moaning low,
And I keep seeing the blue light of a TV show.
He has a router and a table saw,
And you won't believe what Mr. Sticha saw.
There's poison underneath the sink of course,
But there's also enough formaldehyde to choke a horse.
What's he building in there?
What the hell is he building in there?
I heard he has an ex-wife in someplace called Mayors Income, Tennessee,
And he used to have a consulting business in Indonesia.
But what's he building in there?
What the hell is building in there?

He has no friends but he gets a lot of mail.
I'll bet he spent a little time in jail.
I heard he was up on the roof last night
Signaling with a flashlight.
And what's that tune he's always whistling?
What's he building in there?
What's he building in there?
We have a right to know.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 06:17 PM

Didn't SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES have a sort of spooky feel to it?


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: curmudgeon
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:51 PM

Tead puts me in mind of "THE REAPER'S GHOST," a song I haven't done in a very long time. I'll try to get it disinterred from my mental graveyard before the next get-together - Tom


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:24 PM

Not heard it in years but Paul Simon's 'A MOST PECULIAR MAN' always affected me and, now I think about it, I'm pretty certain that I've ever heard Simon sing it. It used to be sung in the mid-60s by a duo from Exeter, one of whom was called John Remsbury.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SCARECROW (corrections)
From: ClaireBear
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:22 PM

Scarecrow, by Mal and Mike Waterson, which I'm going to take the liberty of reposting here as the version in the DT has some words wrong and some extra, odd line breaks.

SCARECROW
(Lal & Mike Waterson)

As I walked out one summer's morn
Saw a scarecrow tied to a pole in a field of corn
His coat was black and his head was bare
When the wind shook him the crows took up into the air

Ah, but you'd lay me down and love me
Ah, but you'd lay me down and love me if you could
But you're only a bag of rags in an overall
That the wind sways and the crows fly away and the corn grows tall

As I walked out one winter's day
Saw an old man hanging from a pole in a field of clay
His coat was gone and his head hung low
Till the wind flung it up, took a look, wrung his neck and let it go

How would you lay me down and love me
How would you lay me down and love me now?
For you're only a bag of bones in an overall
That the wind blows and the kids throw stones at the thing on the pole

As I walked out one fine spring day
Saw twelve jolly dons decked out in the blue and the gold so gay
And to a stake they tied a child newborn
Then the bells were rung and the songs were sung and they sowed their corn

Now you can lay me down and love me
Now you can lay me down and love me if you will
Still you're only a bag of rags in an overall
That the wind blew and the sun shone to and the corn grew tall

As I walked out one summer's morn
Saw a scarecrow tied to a pole in a field of corn

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Copyright Leading Note Music)
recorded by June Tabor on "Abyssinians" (1983)
@death @plant
filename[ SCARECRW
MJ


Second on my creepy list is Anne Lister's "SONG OF THE KNIFE," but I think it should be up to Anne whether it gets posted here. Perhaps I'll sing it to you when I see you next month, though.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: lady penelope
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 02:02 PM

For sheer grizzlyness I love FAMOUS FLOWER OF SERVING MEN.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:58 PM

CREEPY JOHN by Spider John Koerner - from the first moment I heard it I thought of the Boston Strangler murders. It had the real whiff of tabloid excitement and sensual enjoyment of a great murder case.

I've no idea if those were the actual thoughts and feelings of SJK on the song. Nobody much mentions those artists these days. But they were important influences on me.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WORKHOUSE BOY
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:54 PM

How about this one that Tim Laycock sings:
^^
THE WORKHOUSE BOY.

The cloth was laid in the Vorkhouse hall,
The great-coats hung on the white-wash'd wall;
The paupers all were blithe and gay,
Keeping their Christmas holiday,
When the Master he cried with a roguish leer,
"You'll all get fat on your Christmas cheer!"
When one by his looks did seem to say,
"I'll have some more soup on this Christmas-day."
            Oh the poor Vorkhouse Boy, etc.

At length, all on us to bed vos sent,
The boy vos missing—in search ve vent:
Ve sought him above, ve sought him below,
Ve sought him vith faces of grief and woe;
Ve sought him that hour, ve sought him that night;
Ve sought him in fear, and ve sought him in fright,
Ven a young pauper cried "I knows ve shall
Get jolly vell vopt for losing our pal."
            Oh the poor Vorkhouse Boy, etc.

Ve sought in each corner, each crevice ve knew;
Ve sought in the yard, ve sought up the flue;
Ve sought in each kettle, each saucepan, each pot,
In the water-butt look'd, but found him not.
And veeks roll'd on;—ve vere all of us told,
That somebody said, he'd been burk'd and sold;
Ven our master goes out, the Parishioners vild,
Cry "There goes the cove that burk'd the poor child."
            Oh the poor Vorkhouse Boy, etc.

At length the soup copper repairs did need,
The Coppersmith came, and there he seed,
A dollop of bones lay a grizzling there,
In the leg of the breeches the poor boy did vear!
To gain his fill the boy did stoop,
And, dreadful to tell, he was boil'd in the soup!
And ve all of us say, and ve say it sincere,
That he was push'd in there by an overseer.
            Oh the poor Vorkhouse Boy, etc.

(I found this version here.)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MISTLETOE BOUGH (Thomas Haynes Bayly)
From: kendall
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:30 PM

The mistletoe hung in the castle hall;
The holly branch shone on the old oak wall.
The Baron's retainers were blithe and gay,
Keeping the Christmas holiday.

The Baron beheld with a father's pride
His beautiful child, Lord Lovell's bride.
And she, with her bright eyes seemed to be
The star of that goodly company.

F G7 C

Oh, the mistletoe bough.

"I'm weary of dancing, now," she cried;
"Here, tarry a moment, I'll hide, I'll hide,
And, Lovell, be sure you're the first to trace
The clue to my secret hiding place."

Away she ran, and her friends began
Each tower to search and each nook to scan.
And young Lovell cried, "Oh, where do you hide?
I'm lonesome without you, my own fair bride."

Oh, the mistletoe bough.

They sought her that night, they sought her next day,
They sought her in vain when a week passed away.
In the highest, the lowest, the loneliest spot,
Young Lovell sought wildly, but found her not.

The years passed by and their grief at last
Was told as a sorrowful tale long past.
When Lovell appeared, all the children cried,
"See the old man weeps for his fairy bride."
Oh, the mistletoe bough.

At length, an old chest that had long lain hid
Was found in the castle; they raised the lid.
A skeleton form lay mouldering there
In the bridal wreath of that lady fair.

How sad was her fate when in sportive jest
She hid from her lord in that old oak chest,
It closed with a spring and a dreadful doom,
And the bride lay sealed in a living tomb.

Oh, the mistletoe bough.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BURKE AND HARE
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:23 PM

Never fails to do it for me.

Burke And Hare

William Burke it is my name
I stand condemned alone.
I left my native Ireland
In the county of Tyrone.
And o'er to Scotland I did sail,
Employment for to find;
No thought of cruel murder
Was then into my mind.

At Edinburgh trade was slack,
No work there could I find;
And so I took the road again,
To Glasgow was inclined;
But stopping at the West-port
To find refreshment there,
0 cursed be the evil hour
I met with William Hare!

With flattering words he greeted me
And said good fortune smiled;
lie treated me to food and drink
And I was soon beguiled;
He said:"There's riches to be had,
And fortune's to be made,
For atomists have need of us.
So join me in that trade.

Hare he kept a lodging-house
Therein a man had died,
His death went unreported
And of burial was denied
We put the dead man in a cart
And through the streets did ride.
And Robert Knox,the atomist,
The dead man he did buy.

To rob the new dug graves by night
It was not our intent;
To be taken by the nightwatch
Or by spies was not our bent.
The plan belonged to William Hare
And so the plot was laid,
He said that "murder's safer
Than the resurrection trade."

Two women they were in the plot
The wife of William Hare,
The other called McDougal,
And travellers they did snare;
They lured them to the lodging house
And when they'd drunken deep,
Hare and me, we smothered them
As they lay fast asleep.

At first in fear and dread I was
But later grew more bold,
In nine short months we killed fifteen
And then their bodies sold.
The doctors did not question us,
But quickly paid our fee,
The price they paid,it prospered us,
Both William Hare and me.

But soon our crimes they were found out
In jail we were confined,
And cruel guilt it tore my heart
And much despairs my mind;
And Hare, who first ensnared me
And led me far astray
Has turned King's evidence on me
And sworn my life away

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:22 PM

"LET THE EAGLE SOAR," sung by former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: john f weldon
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:08 PM

I love creepy songs, too.
Years ago, I listened to Ian Tyson singing GHOST LOVER about twenty times in a row and got so creeped out that I woke up quite ill.

John Roberts and Tony Barrand have lots, check out the "Dark Ships in the Forest" CD among others.

And if a chicken you were cooking actually did stand up and crow, what would you do? Get religion? Or just lose your marbles?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
From: topical tom
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 01:03 PM

WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
As recorded by The Dreadful Snakes on "Snakes Alive!" (1983)

CHORUS: Who's that knocking at my door?
Have I heard that knock before?
Is it evil trying to get into my room?
Who's that tapping at my window?
Who's calling me to go
To a place that's filled with dark and gloom?

Oh, this life that I'm living,
It seems so unforgiving.
I find trouble everywhere that I go.
I always seek it first,
Just to quench my burning thirst
In waters that are cool as fallen snow. CHORUS

But the waters are oh so deep.
What you sow you must reap.
Now I hear a knocking at my door.
It's evil standing outside.
There's no place to run and hide.
It plucks my soul and presses me to the floor. CHORUS

Oh, I've been down that pathway,
It always leads the wrong way,
But this time I don't think I'll be back.
Feels like a freight train pulling me,
There's a dark tunnel ahead I see.
This train's going down a one-way track. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: Jayto
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 12:55 PM

I am interested in this thread I love creepy songs. I have to think about it though. I will post in a little while. ALONE AND FORSAKEN by Hank Williams always had a creepy feel to it to me for some reason. I'll get back to you on this one.


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Subject: RE: Creepy songs
From: lady penelope
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 12:53 PM

Fluffy bunny stuff....


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Subject: Creepy songs
From: kendall
Date: 27 Aug 08 - 12:42 PM

I don't know if this has ever been covered or not; if it has, I missed it.

Anyway, yesterday, a song that I hadn't thought of in ages crossed my mind, and it's one of those that always gives me the shivers.
THE MISTLETOE BOUGH.
THE GRIESELY BRIDE is another.

So, what gives you goose flesh?

[Many song titles in this thread have been converted to links by a Mudelf.]


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