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Songs You Don't Do Anymore

GUEST 02 Apr 03 - 02:46 PM
Jazzyjack 02 Apr 03 - 02:42 PM
jimmyt 02 Apr 03 - 11:35 AM
Fay 02 Apr 03 - 11:03 AM
Little Hawk 02 Apr 03 - 10:52 AM
alanabit 02 Apr 03 - 04:44 AM
Jazzyjack 02 Apr 03 - 01:29 AM
alanabit 02 Apr 03 - 01:05 AM
Little Hawk 01 Apr 03 - 06:37 PM
GUEST 01 Apr 03 - 04:33 PM
M.Ted 01 Apr 03 - 03:49 PM
M.Ted 01 Apr 03 - 03:40 PM
alanabit 01 Apr 03 - 09:36 AM
Little Hawk 31 Mar 03 - 10:49 PM
GUEST,vectis at work 31 Mar 03 - 04:32 AM
M.Ted 31 Mar 03 - 12:32 AM
Willie-O 30 Mar 03 - 08:44 PM
Little Hawk 30 Mar 03 - 07:16 PM
alanabit 30 Mar 03 - 02:23 AM
CraigS 29 Mar 03 - 06:34 PM
GUEST 29 Mar 03 - 05:57 PM
M.Ted 29 Mar 03 - 05:02 PM
Art Thieme 29 Mar 03 - 02:40 PM
black walnut 29 Mar 03 - 01:39 PM
Hayduke 29 Mar 03 - 02:59 AM
Ely 28 Mar 03 - 04:21 PM
alanabit 28 Mar 03 - 02:30 AM
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M.Ted 27 Mar 03 - 04:50 PM
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Alasdair 27 Mar 03 - 08:13 AM
greg stephens 27 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 02:46 PM

Libyan On A Jet Plane


by Pinkard & Bowden


parody of "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Mary
available on:Warner Brothers 45 #22987 (1989; studio version)
Live In Front On A Bunch Of Dickheads - Warner Brothers LP/CS/CD #26057 (1989; live version)

There's so many times we've crashed and burned,
Seems like the colonel would finally learn
Our Russian jets don't make good submarines.
We fly out to protect our nation
And use seat bottoms for floatation.
The water's warm, and we're good swimmers too.

So kiss me and smile for me,
Call my folks in Tripoli,
Tell them that Khadafi made me go.
I'm a Libyan on a jet plane,
I don't know if I'll be back again.
Muammar, I hate to go.

Aircraft carrier J.F.K
Come to blow our chemical plant away
But we keep telling them it's just pharmaceutical.

So miss me and pray for me
Bow down to the East for me
Kneel and gently kiss my butt good-bye
I'm a Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again.
Libyan on a jet plane,
Don't know if I'll be back again


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Jazzyjack
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 02:42 PM

Say Little Hawk / Dylan Clone; Do you still do "Girl of the North Country " and "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine ' ? These are the 2 Dylan tunes I just can't thrown away. They say some very basic things that I haven't found elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: jimmyt
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 11:35 AM

I am in a 4 person oldies folk group performing mostly Kingston Trio and Peter Paul and Mary songs with a few Tom Paxton and GOrdon Lightfoot numbers tossed in to the set. We get lots of requests for all those old standards like Puff the Magic Dragon, 500 Miles, Today, Where have all the Flowers gone. etc, but 2 of our members refuse to play them. THey think they are too trite or cliche'd or something. I on the other hand, am a music whore and if people like them I would play them in heartbeat. Oh, well, takes all kinds, I guess


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Fay
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 11:03 AM

Thought I'd dropped the nursery rhymes and kids songs, 'til my friend had a baby, then they all came back up again. I think songs are linked to times and events, they can go dormant for a while, but they are liable to resurface whenever the situation arrises. - I've even been known to re-sing that Chesney Hawkes number at the end of a night with a lot of pissed up people!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 10:52 AM

Hmmm. I've had the nerve to do "Desolation Row" in public a number of times, and I always enjoy it thoroughly. People around here say I am Bob Dylan, but I look a lot younger and I don't smoke. Other than that, we're pretty much in the same groove, this due to my pickling myself in everything Dylan's done in the last 43 years till it became second nature.

Oh, my voice is a bit more conventional than his. Most people like that, but I love the way he sings. I don't try to imitate it, so much as just pick up certain nuances from it.

One Dylan song I've never tried to play is "Highlands".

Am just now taking a refresher on "Senor - Tales of Yankee Power". What an appropriate song to sing these days!

- LH


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 04:44 AM

Me!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Jazzyjack
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 01:29 AM

Almost every Gordon Lightfoot tune. He was good in his time. All but 2 Bob Dylan tunes. I never had the nerve to do Desolation Row in public but I loved to sing it. " Country Roads " by John Denver. Did he write that tune ? Who didn't request this in the 70' s ?


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 01:05 AM

Thanks very much. Nothing quite like a nice, mailicious parody to get the day off to a good start!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 06:37 PM

Alan - This is the parody I did of "Leaving On A Jet Plane". It was written in the late 90's.

Leaving, Off to Congress (Kiss Me, Sweet Hilary)

Oh, my bags are packed, I'm ready to leave
I've got no more tricks up my sleeve
Though I suppose I still could start a war...
With some small country like Iraq
Then maybe folks would take me back
But it's too late, my hand is on the door
So kiss me, Sweet Hilary
Tell me that you'll wait for me
We can still make magic, don't you know?
I'm leaving, off to Congress
God only knows what happens next
Oh, babe, I hate to go...

There's so many times I've fooled around
I never thought that I'd be found
What good is power, if you can't have some fun?
And I never meant to cause you pain
Still, Hilary, I'll take the blame
The hounds are at my heels, what's done is done
So kiss me, Sweet Hilary
Tell me that you'll wait for me
We can still make magic, don't you know?
I'm leaving, off to Congress
God only knows what happens next
Oh, babe, I hate to go...

I told a fib...Okay, I lied...
But I'm really just a normal guy
Temptation's just a bit too much for me
It could happen to the best of them
If Monica undressed for them
You see it every day on your TV
So kiss me, Sweet Hilary
Tell me that you'll wait for me
We can still make magic, don't you know?
I'm leaving, off to Congress
God only knows what happens next
Oh, babe, I hate to go...

Cos they're talking of impeachment now
They mean to kill the sacred cow
Republicans are dancing on my grave!
And if the worst should come to pass
Will Arkansas still take me back?
Oh, Hilary, I'd gladly be your slave!
So kiss me, Sweet Hilary
Tell me that you'll wait for me
We can still make magic, don't you know?
I'm leaving, off to Congress
God only knows what happens next
(Leaving, off to Congress
God only knows what happens next)
Oh, babe, I hate to go...

Lyrics by Little Hawk, written back in the Clinton era, all rights reserved. Sing with great emotion and pathos! As it turned out, Bill did not have to resort to a full-scale war in Iraq and still managed to avoid outright impeachment. What a guy! :-) Obviously, I have some degree of prophetic ability when it comes to American foreign policy.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 04:33 PM

i once heard a lovely parody called Libyan On A Jet Plane....


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 03:49 PM

Sorry for the spelling errors--"Cincinnati" and "Appalachians" are correct. I also realize that I took certain liberties with the map, but after all, it is a parody, not a freaking geography lesson--


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 03:40 PM

As per your request, submitted for your consideration are a couple of my satire/parodies(whic hare a legally protected form of speech) --

It's been a bout thirty years, since I wrote and performed any of these- Today, the lyrics may not seem like a fitting memorial to a fine, talented man who gave so much to so many, and left the world so soon, but at the time, his music was all over the place and he was fair game--


Thank God I'm a Country Boy


Well life on the farm is kinda laid back
I spend a lot of time with groupies in the sack
While a Hollywood promoter
keeps my business in the black
Thank god I·m a country boy

I can·t play bass,
And I can·t play fiddle ,
Got a lot of songs
That ain·t worth spittle,
Success ain·t nothing
But a funny, funny riddle,

Thank God, I·m a country boy!

I love my money,
Like Uncle Scrooge,
And hot, dumb women
Whose breasts are huge
I wear my hair like Moe the Stooge,

Thank God, I·m a country boy.


Appalachians Low(In Cinncinati)

He was bored in the summer of his 22th year,
causes his home was a dump behind a grocery store.
He left basketball behind him,
you might say he was ditched again,
When Ohio State walked him to the exit door.

When he first went off to college,
his life was far away
on the road
and hanging by a song.
But the his tibia was broken
and the school no longer cares,
If you can·t play,
scholarships don't last long.

In the Cuyahoga Appalachians low,
They·ll send you anywhere you want to go
The shouting at the free-throw
sounds better than you·d ever know
Apalachians low, in Cinncinati.
Appalachians Low, in Cinncinati.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 09:36 AM

Post these parodies please. It will make my day!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Little Hawk
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 10:49 PM

Alan - I also wrote a parody of "Leaving On A Jet Plane". It's called "Leaving Off To Congress", and it's about Bill Clinton. It's alternate title is "Kiss Me, Sweet Hilary". :-) It's a lot of fun.

- LH


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: GUEST,vectis at work
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 04:32 AM

Breezy
Mike and George are both known to me.
What does this make me, old fashioned or up-to-date? :-)


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 31 Mar 03 - 12:32 AM

Willie-O,

Your just reminded me that I once had a nice little chord melody version of "Moon River"--I hope can remember how to play it--if not, I'll be up all nite working it out again--

Alanabit--I once had a collection of nasty little parodies of John Denver tunes that I wrote as an antidote to having to perform and listen to them so often--


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Willie-O
Date: 30 Mar 03 - 08:44 PM

I dunno. As I turn into a mellower and mellower crooner in my dotage, I'm going the other direction more--doing songs, or at least thinking about doing them, that I never would have considered in past years.   Like maybe, Moon River or Oh What A Beautiful Morning.

Aside from my advancing years, there's my daughters' longtime addiction to musicals, which I never had to listen to until the past ten years. Some of em stick, cause even if they're kinda goofy, they have great melodies and are thusly fun to sing.

W-O

As for the other, I'm thinking, and in all honesty, there's some I don't care for, but there's hardly any you couldn't PAY me to do, if I can remember em. I draw the line at Cat Stevens, though.

Alanabit and MTed, ever here the National Lampoon bit, using a brief parody of "Annie's Song":

'You will now hear John Denver being strangled...
    "I came on your pill-low...AAAAArrDhhhgbhhhooah"'

Talk about tasteless fun!
W-O


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Mar 03 - 07:16 PM

"My Way"

No...wait...I never did that fecking song!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 30 Mar 03 - 02:23 AM

M.Ted - if you fancy giving "Annie's Song" a good kicking, call me up and I'll join a lynch mob for the first time in my life! If you ever have the misfortune of playing a year of Irish Pub - or even "Unterhaltungsmusik" gigs over here, you are welcome for refuge and a theraputic pint.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: CraigS
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 06:34 PM

Once upon a time T-Bone Walker wrote a song named "They Call It Stormy Monday" . Spare a thought for all the royalties the poor devil missed out on because THEY called it "Stormy Monday" !


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 05:57 PM

long black veil....i cringe when i hear that song even start....


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 05:02 PM

Alanabit: Tell me what you really think about "Country Roads"! For me, the John Denver song that worst was "Annie's Song"--

Hayduke--As I think about it, "Stormy Monday" is the song that every club band seems to do when it come s time to "play some blues"--When it comes to songs that are overplayed by blues bands, I'd vote for "Dust My Broom", but maybe it would be a good subject for a new thread--

Art--I know how you feel--


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 02:40 PM

Unfortunately, most of 'em.

Art


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: black walnut
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 01:39 PM

I wrote a song that my friends loved, and often asked me to sing, but I was never too happy with the words so I threw it out. Over time I've forgotten the words. When they ask for it now, they beg me to hunt for it. I probably have a copy of it somewhere, but I'm not looking hard.

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Hayduke
Date: 29 Mar 03 - 02:59 AM

For a long time I stopped doing T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday." It's a great song, but overdone. I played it so many times with so many bands that I actually got sick of it. Seems every band in the world does this song, and trots it out when they're asked to play some blues.

Wasn't until recently I ended my self-imposed moratorium, but I HAD to give it a something-else treatment on my harp solo -- I gave it some double-time bursts and threw in a "quote" from "After Hours," and that worked.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Ely
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 04:21 PM

I used to really like "Farther Along" (the gospel song), and I still want to like it, but I came to an ideological disagreement with the lyrics several years ago and haven't sung it since.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 02:30 AM

M.Ted you have both my sympathy and grudging admiration. I never learned that particluar Joh Denver abortion and I am baffled myself as to why I have such a pathological loathing of it. It is something about the smugness of an audience which wants to kid itself it is actually feeling something... I don't know. I obviously need therapy to get over this. I simply do not learn songs which I hate that much. I have never been so poor that I couldn't say no to an audience. If I could vomit and sing at the same time it might be different. You must be a bit tougher than me!


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: kendall
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 08:45 PM

Mooseturd Pie, and Mrs. Ravoon


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 05:26 PM

Mainly songs that I learnt when I first started singing at Herga because you could get into the folk club free if you were a performer... but that accounts for some of the songs I still sing too. Where songs are accurate records of social conditions at the time the songs originated, I find it very annoying when the PC police try to suppress them because they don't comply with current PC criteria. But that's another thread...

Also songs on which I just sang harmony, and it was an effort to work out what the original tune was.

I remember hearing Martin Carthy saying at the English National Festival at Sutton Bonington several years ago that he'd stopped singing Fanny Blair, because he thought Higgins was guilty, and that Fanny had been abused and wasn't a perjuring little whore at all. That's not about political correctness, that's about the credibility of the song on its own terms.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 05:21 PM

I've never learned a song I didn't like. I've never had to depend on gigging for income so I've never learned songs with the aim of pleasing an audience. It's always been what has pleased me. But, since time has not stood still and I've changed right along with everything else, I'm not exactly the same person that I was when I learned "Friend of the Devil" almost thirty years ago. I tend to do songs that the "current version" of me has learned or written. That doesn't mean that the guy that learned "Friend of the Devil" isn't still back there in the corners of my psyche somewhere, but it takes certain situations (like a jam session with a heavy population of old hippies or young Deadheads) to get him to come out. Likewise, if I were in a session with a bunch of beginning bluegrassers I might do "Rocky Top" even though I'd usually rather eat my banjo than play "Rocky Top" on it.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 04:50 PM

Alanabit,
One man's overplayed song is another's bread and butter--Country Roads was always heavily requested,followed by equally heavy tips--I make no excuses, as I always needed the money--

For my most over-requested songs though, when   I worked as a strolling musician with a balalaika player, in addition to the usual real Russian and Gypsy songs, we usually had to play "Lara's Theme" at every table. "Those Were the Days" was a close second, with more than a few calls for "Sunrise, Sunset"--


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 10:16 AM

Sometimes I still sing "Bright Silvery Light Of The Moon", but I choose the spot carefully and I make damn sure to state that I didn't write it.
These politically correct times can be dangerous ! :-}
                     Sandy


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: pattyClink
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 09:46 AM

Rick, I am waiting to see who is going to post the full lyrics to: "Ricky, Don't Be a Folk Snob". It could give a whole new lease on life to "Billy, Don't be a Hero".


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 09:15 AM

That's fair enough Bill, but I think that some of those rugby songs are beautifully crafted. "Life Presents a Dismal Picture" is a classic and it is not the only one by any means.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Bill D
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 08:17 AM

ah, greg...one of my fondest memories involves standing around at 2:30 AM after a sing, bellowing "The Mayor of Bayswater" with a group of reprobates...and watching the faces of those who'd never heard it before)....but, yes, events at which it would be acceptable are few and far between these days.

(and...when I sit down an READ the verses, I find that many were not even clever and well written; and that seems to be my criteria for not doing songs anymore. I find I can't force myself to sing stuff that is really poorly crafted....risqué or not.)


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Alasdair
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 08:13 AM

"The Wee Cooper o'Fife" - dropped like a lead poop.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: greg stephens
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM

I dont think I've actually delibeartely given up old repertoire, but lifestyle changes sometimes mean you no longer go the sort of events where certain songs are suitable. So, regretfully, it is many years since I sang "The Mayor of Bayswater", "The Engineer's Wheel", "The Ball of Kerrymuir" ,"Dinah Dinah, show us your leg" or"The Good Ship Venus",
   However, I have recently had a knee operation and it is working rather well again, so it may be my services as full-back will be called for again, and the old songs can be dusted off. But I'm not holding my breath.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 02:16 AM

There are those overplayed songs which people want you to play everywhere and make a lot of musicians want to assault folks with the mike stand. What I do is to play the "requests medley" which gets the whole horrible lot of them out of the way in just one song:
   
    Almost eleven - up in Aurich
    On a barstool - churning out requests
    There's a homesick American soldier
    Who wants that bloody song again
    The one that I detest
    I won't sing "Country Roads"
    Cos it gets right up my nose
    West Virginia - I've never been there
    You can stuff your Country Roads

    There is a pub on Union Street
    They call the Mucky Duck
    Sailors go there on Friday nights
    Because they want a.....beer


    Have you seen the folker who sings, "The Streets of London"
    Perched on a barstool with a guitar on his lap
    He would like to give his best - he gets paid to play request
    Things like "Strets of London" and all that other crap


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Melani
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 02:04 AM

"Two Brothers"--popular during the American Civil War Centennial. I have two cousins who are brothers, one born in Chicago and the other in Atlanta, and our grandfather was a Civil War historian, so we literally grew up in the middle of the Civil War. They used to make me sing it for them every time they saw me, which was pretty often, as we all lived within a few miles of each other. It's amazing how hokey and melodramatic it sounds to me now, when we used to think it was so beautiful and touching-- but, hey, I was 14, and they were 8 and 10.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 09:58 PM

Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant.....now THOSE were progressive guys!

Cheers

Tick


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 09:51 PM

Open mike, I know what you mean about it breaking your heart to sing peace songs, now that the war has started. But that is all the more reason why we have to keep singing them.

Have courage, keep singing.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Mudlark
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 05:48 PM

I used to sing a lot of very long ye olde Brit. Isles ballads that I find I dont have the patience for any more (and often can't remember all the words). Some, like Twa Sisters, I've replaced with melodically more interesting versions. Up until a year ago I'd abandoned all the songs I started out on 40-some years ago, like Franky and Johnny and On Top of Old Smoky...but now that I'm singing in a convalescent home these oldies are coming in very handy, just because they ARE so simple, easy and known by everybody. Boring has it's uses as welll, it seems.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: M.Ted
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 05:03 PM

Do you still have the rep book, Rick? Interesting things, those old rep books--A while back, I got together with a guitar playing friend    who'd just broken up with his long time girlfriend--we picked our way through a few Grandpa Jones tunes, and then he put on a clean copy of the old Speedy West/Jimmy Bryant LP that he'd just found--While he was in the kitchen getting some beers, I started poking around amongst the instruments and came across his old rep book on the piano, clipped open to 'The Worst That Could Happen"--


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: breezy
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 05:00 PM

as I am constantly adding to my song experiences but being discerning in the process, I have a trail of titles and I occasionally back track.
I do not look for songs to learn, they find me now.
I feel sorry for those who are stuck in a time warp.
Its an evolving process, we should evolve with it should we not or we stagnate.
there are still so many who missed Stan Rogers.
Who knew Mike Deavin and today, who has met George Papavgeris?


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: CraigS
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 04:50 PM

I've got a few songs I don't sing any more because they're politically incorrect, and my viewpoint has broadened to recognise the fact. There are some songs that don't fit the mood of the places I play, although I get dragged out to support people every once in a while and find that some old country standards go down well, even if they are as fresh as falling cow-plop and true as old dawg Trey. There are some songs I identified with when I was young that I can't identify with now, so I don't sing them. There are a lot of songs I don't sing because I can't remember those things ...what you call them ... lyrics? the words?


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: DonMeixner
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 04:32 PM

There isn't a song I have dropped from my rep. There are a few I have forgotten but everything I used to do, I'd still do.

Don


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: open mike
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 04:11 PM

it breaks my heart to sing a peace song now.
it feels like they were better a week ago.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 04:04 PM

There's a couple original songs I sang years ago, before I teamed up with Margaret, that I would be embarassed to sing now. Upon looking at songs I really love to sing, whether it be a new song, or an old tradtional one, the songs I wrote just don't measure up. A couple friends think I'm being too critical. I'm not a world weary adolescent anymore. I recorded one of the songs I wrote on an LP I did and garnered the comment from the reviewer in Come For to Sing Magazine the line: "the best song is Phil's rendition of Richard Thompson's "Poor Ditching Boy," the worst is "Gypsy Lady" from Phil's own pen, which he should wield with more caution." These days, I agree. The reviewer is still a friend, too. Good thread.


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 03:43 PM

My whole damn repertoire book, Ted!

I can hardly concieve of singing Andy Williams Songs, when it was the other Williams (Hank) that I loved so much.....but there it is in my book..."HAPPY HEART"!

Also....and please forgive me....."Sometimes When We Touch"!! Dan Hill was my neighbour for a while, but the reason I sung it was cuz the paying customers ASKED for it.

It's interesting, Ted, because if my Mother were alive today, she'd say "NONSENSE! you sang those songs because they're harmonically interesting...and don't deny it. Don't be a "folk snob" Ricky!!!!"

Cheers

Ricky


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Subject: RE: Songs You Don't Do Anymore
From: Amos
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 02:40 PM

I find more and more I am singing the old songs, well-worn and well-known to many, less and less. Actually it's a bit of a shame -- they are so timeless -- songs like Lord Lovell, Plaisir d'Amour, The Wicked Youth, The Farmer's Wife, The Drummer and the Cook, the House Carpenter, etc. I am gravitating more toward more recent creations, like Nightrider's Lament, I Remember Loving You, and King of MErcy Canyon, because they have a fresher, newer tone to them. But with a couple of glasses of good wine, I'll drift back through the centuries and sing anything from Chaucer on up!


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