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How to Create a Folksong (FS for Dummies)

Bill D 22 Aug 97 - 03:10 PM
LaMarca 22 Aug 97 - 02:10 PM
Peter T. 22 Aug 97 - 12:56 PM
Peter T. 22 Aug 97 - 12:49 PM
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Subject: RE: How to Create a Folksong (FS for Dummies)
From: Bill D
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 03:10 PM

15.and LOTS of metaphors!! Refering to various actions, body parts, etc., should be as circumspect as possible. Birds,flowers,alcoholic beverages,(blud red wine, etc)... may be freely substituted for lips, breasts etc.
And for Male Parts...anything is ok as long as it is longer than it is wide.

16. Women who are NOT active heroines in the song may be given away as prizes to men who achieve some goal...such as killing villians, saving ships, etc.

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Subject: RE: How to Create a Folksong (FS for Dummies)
From: LaMarca
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 02:10 PM

These apply mostly to ballads:

11. True loves are always either:

    a) Missing (gone for seven years)
    b) Dead (see Necrophilia element)
    c) In disguise
    d) Your brother/sister (either known or unknown)
    e) False (off chasing/married to another)
If it's a happy ending, it's a very rare folksong...

12. If your true love is dead, you must:

    a) Long to kiss his/her dead lips or other portions of the anatomy (The Tradition of Necrophilia)
    b) Never love again
    c) Have done her in yourself after spending all night diggin' of her grave
    d) Have done him in yourself because he done you wrong

13. If you are a sailor, and you meet a fair young lady, you will:

    a) Wind up with no money and no clothes, wearing a dress (the Transvestite Element)
    b) Get laid after pulling her string
    c) Acquire a painful and unpleasant social disease
    d) Get shot after she dresses in men's clothing and finds you've been false (see 11-e, 12-d and Transvestite Element)

14. If you are a young lady, and you meet a sailor, you will:

    a) Turn him down because he's dirty
    b) Turn him down because you don't recognize him (see 11-c and 12-b)
    c) Change your mind when you find out he's got money (see 13-a)
    d) Change your mind after experiencing his sexual prowess (see 13-b)
    e) Dress up in man's clothing (the Transvestite Element, yet again)

More as I think of them...This is fun!

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Subject: RE: How to Create a Folksong (FS for Dummies)
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 12:56 PM

4. Places to be mentioned include:

a. Botany Bay
b. The Mountains of ————
c. A Land called Honalee
d. Carrickfergus
e. The valley
f. The fair
g. All of the above in reverse order, Botany Bay always coming last.

5. All folk songs repeat the same words in each verse, but move them around until one person is killed or the ghost appears. If the ghost appears, it repeats the original verses and the process begins all over again. This is known as revenge.

6. The chorus of all folk songs is half of the words of the verse moved around some more, and with the addition of some poignant nonsense syllables, all in a minor key. No new information is provided.

7. References to work in folk songs should include:

a. Hammers (visionary or steam)
b. Railroad trains, preferably on the same track hurtling towards each other
c. Lots of whales
d. Sowing, reaping, harvesting, babies dropped in furrows, etc.

8. Job categories allowed in folk songs include:

a. Circus work
b. Lighthouse keeping
c. Mourning
d. Gypsying (especially kidnapping)
e. Blowing up British buildings.

9. References to work in folk songs should avoid the following job categories:

a. Insurance
b. Work for any government agency except prisons
c. Re-insurance
d. Insurance

10. Words that can be sprinkled at random over folk songs:

gather, farewell, thee, dead, twa, alas, true love, bonnie, dagger, do Lord.

and so on.... Any additions? Yours, Peter

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Subject: How to Create a Folksong (FS for Dummies)
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Aug 97 - 12:49 PM

Inspired by the "How To Sing the Blues" thread, herewith a first draft of:


1. All folksongs begin with the phrase: “I asked my love to take a walk”

2. The walk should be:

a. Down by the riverside
b. Past the prison
c. Into the valley
d. Over the sea and far away.

It should not be:

a. To the store for a loaf of bread
b. To Wallmart
c. Along the Champs-Elysee, Park Avenue, or Pennsylvania Avenue
d. On rollerblades.

3. The conversation along the way should be about:

a. Your racehorse
b. The perfidious British
c. The revelation that you are her/his longlost brother/husband/blacksmith/Lord
d. The inevitable baby
e. Murder

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