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I sing songs...about dead people

Uncle_DaveO 11 Jul 08 - 07:15 PM
Steve Gardham 11 Jul 08 - 05:38 PM
GUEST,TJ in San Diego 11 Jul 08 - 02:07 PM
Lord Batman's Kitchener 10 Jul 08 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,Volgadon 10 Jul 08 - 03:01 PM
Lord Batman's Kitchener 10 Jul 08 - 01:28 PM
Jay777 10 Jul 08 - 01:24 PM
Flash Company 28 Jul 05 - 10:40 AM
GUEST,Joe_F 28 Jul 05 - 10:12 AM
Leadfingers 27 Jul 05 - 11:22 AM
Highlandman 27 Jul 05 - 11:04 AM
GUEST,Shelley SHaw 27 Jul 05 - 10:51 AM
GUEST,harperlass 04 Feb 05 - 09:11 PM
Malcolm Douglas 04 Feb 05 - 08:00 PM
Jimmy Twitcher 04 Feb 05 - 04:45 PM
Uncle_DaveO 04 Feb 05 - 04:19 PM
Moses 04 Feb 05 - 07:46 AM
GUEST,AnneMC 04 Feb 05 - 04:43 AM
Malcolm Douglas 04 Feb 05 - 01:41 AM
Big Al Whittle 03 Feb 05 - 06:07 PM
squeezeldy 03 Feb 05 - 02:17 PM
GUEST,AnneMC 03 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM
GUEST,Sally M 03 Feb 05 - 12:37 PM
Charley Noble 03 Feb 05 - 09:29 AM
Snuffy 03 Feb 05 - 09:07 AM
GUEST,Sally M - at work 03 Feb 05 - 08:01 AM
Weasel Books 03 Feb 05 - 07:47 AM
Weasel Books 03 Feb 05 - 07:29 AM
mg 03 Feb 05 - 12:35 AM
Tannywheeler 02 Feb 05 - 04:51 PM
GUEST,Barry T not at home 02 Feb 05 - 03:31 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 02 Feb 05 - 02:50 PM
GUEST 02 Feb 05 - 10:09 AM
Malcolm Douglas 02 Feb 05 - 01:43 AM
Callie 01 Feb 05 - 09:20 PM
SINSULL 01 Feb 05 - 08:24 PM
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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:15 PM

And if we are willing to categorize murder songs as songs about dead people, there's Omie Wise (aka Little Omie), Pearl Bryan, Hiram Hubbard, and thousands more.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 05:38 PM

There are zillions of songs about drowned sailors but they don't all come back as ghosts.

Malcolm,
I know it's an old posting of yours but I disagree with your pronouncement on the 'night visiting' songs. Some are supernatural and some aren't, but the supernatural element is very definitely there and intended in some members of the family. Sorry if I misunderstood you. Cecilia's song definitely has supernatural elements.
Steve


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 02:07 PM

"Moving Father's Grave"


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Lord Batman's Kitchener
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 03:07 PM

The Unquiet Grave and The Wife of Usher's Well are two more songs of the genre.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Volgadon
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 03:01 PM

Earl Richard, or Young Hunting. ER visits his mistress brags about how he wont stay because he has found someone hotter, then hugs the mistress. Surprise, surprise, she stabs him.
A bird accuses her, she tries to trick it. My favourite recording is by Spiers and Boden. Here is a youtube, it starts at about 5:15 in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ILHUpi_ZKY
You can find the words here, but I would ignore the silly bit about transposition of souls.
http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~zierke/steeleye.span/songs/younghunting.html


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU ARE NOT ALONE (Patty Griffin)
From: Lord Batman's Kitchener
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 01:28 PM

YOU ARE NOT ALONE - Patty Griffin


She sees him laying in the bed alone tonight
The only thing a touching him is a crack of light
Pieces of her hair are wrapped around and 'round his fingers
And he reaches for her side, for any sign of her that lingers

And she says you are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight

One of them bullets went straight for the jugular vein
There were people running , a flash of light
Then everything changed
Nothing really matters in the end you know
All the worries sever
Don't be afraid for me my friend, one day we all fall down forever

She says you are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight

The wedding date was June just like any other bride
She loved him like no one before and it was good to be alive
But sometimes that can slip away as fast
As any fingers through your hands
So you let time forgive the past and go and make some other plans

You are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight
You are not alone
Laying in the light
Put out the fire in your head
And lay with me tonight


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Subject: RE: Songs about dead people
From: Jay777
Date: 10 Jul 08 - 01:24 PM

(Sorry about resurrecting old threads- new member!).

One of the most beautiful and haunting (pardon pun) songs about the (?un)dead is Patty Griffin's "You Are Not Alone". A recently-married bride is shot dead, and (usual story) her ghost visits her man to comfort him. It's a real spine-tingler. There's a live version on YouTube.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Flash Company
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:40 AM

The Butcher Boy, I think qualifies, the narrator changes part way through, the girl having hanged herself. I once sang it to an audience of Girl Guides, it produced a few shudders. Also any version of The Cruel Mother, although it is only the baby who ends up dead.
And the Border Ballad, Sheath and Knife would be interesting 'That the King's daughter goes wi' a bairn by her brother' will get 14 year olds going!

FC


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 28 Jul 05 - 10:12 AM

Miss Bailey

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: The higher the monkey climbs, the more he shows his rear. :||


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 11:22 AM

"Dead Puppies Arent Much Fun" ?? -- But I prefer to sing songs WRITTEN by Dead People - Cos THEY cant sue you if you do 'em wrong !!


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Highlandman
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 11:04 AM

the students are interested in stories containing ghosts, death, gore

Alfred Noyes' poem, The Highwayman, has been a great hit with teens in my experience. One of my own favorites, too.
Loreena McKennit has it set to music -- I forget the album -- and there may be a PD tune for it somewhere, but I'm not aware of one.
-HM


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Shelley SHaw
Date: 27 Jul 05 - 10:51 AM

Do you know where I can get the piano sheet music for Head tucked under???


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,harperlass
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 09:11 PM

Kate Rusby wrote a nifty song called "Let The Cold Wind Blow" (it's on "Little Lights") which is sung from the perspective of a dead man, who is seeing his beloved as she falls in love again and stops mourning him. Really a gorgeous song--kind of turns "The Unquiet Grave" on its ear.

Of course, Kate does that one too. I think it's a rule that every album of hers has to have at least one ghost song (and at least five "sailor leaving his love behind" songs :P).

Anyway, check out "Let The Cold Wind Blow".

Molly


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 08:00 PM

Thanks for the information from the Holdstocks. I might wish that they had said what log that might have been, of course; and what "Pennsylvania broadside" they had in mind. Why are people so coy about their sources, I wonder? Sheet music of 1850 can be seen at American Memory: Music for the Nation:

The Grave of Bonaparte

Obviously, I don't know if the tune is the same. The piece is from the repertoire of the Hutchinson Family, who were very popular stage performers in mid-19th century America.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Jimmy Twitcher
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 04:45 PM

If you're after ones that the kids like, why not "British Workman's Grave" (or whatever its called) about them moving someone's father's grave to build a sewer? I only recall it from an old Clancy Brother's record, so I'm not sure if its trad. or not, but the scatology in the song is sure to be a hit with the kids. Mine like it.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 04:19 PM

Moses:

Methinks the name you give as "Maserie" is in all likelihood "Maisrie" or "Maisry", which is a fairly common name of times gone by.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Moses
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 07:46 AM

Cloudstreet have recorded several songs relating to death, dead people and the supernatural.

Jenny Greenteeth (by Nichole Murray)is about a river sprite who tempts young men into the water and wraps them in her green tresses drowning them. (She does this to "feed" the river - it requires a certain number of souls per year)

Lady Maserie (not sure of the spelling) relates the tale of the last remaining two sisters who's other female siblings have all died in childbirth.

Annan Water tells of a suitor's death by drowning as he tries to swim to see his love.

All beautifully sung by two of my favourite people.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,AnneMC
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 04:43 AM

The Holdstocks CD liner notes say that "the melody of this song (Grave of Napoleon)
was found in the log of a whaling ship, and the words are from a broadside printed in Pennsylvania. Many sailing ships stopped at the Isle of St Helena after coming around Cape Horn."
www. dickholdstock.com


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 04 Feb 05 - 01:41 AM

No copyright worries with the Napoleon song (the words, anyway). It appeared on 19th century broadsides very much as quoted above. There's an American example of c.1860 at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads:

The grave of Bonaparte

The Roud Folk Song Index lists only one traditional example, from Carrie Grover of Maine (she called it The Grave of Bonaparte). Perhaps that's where the Holdstocks got it. Do they mention their source at all?


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 06:07 PM

Perhaps dead people sing songs about us......

Just imagine, I bet you Sir Patrck Spens and his company right now are there at the bottom of the sea singing about me being stuck in traffic jam in Leeds this afternoon.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: squeezeldy
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 02:17 PM

This sort of discussion is exactly why I made the original post, in spite of the fact that I lost my dime to Malcolm, who is very gracious, indeed. Some people are Always Right, and I admire them endlessly. I also accede to them quite readily. In my own defense, I learned about the song from a musicologist in a graduate class--I learned it as a night-visiting song. My apologies to all.

I really like the words to "The Grave of Napoleon" and will soon be off in search of a melody. Are the words under copyright, or are they in the Public Domain? I'll look that up, too. I have to look up the word "revenent," too. Alas, my ignorance knows no end.

Isn't this grand? I have already learned so much, and have more quests in store. This 3-lesson "unit" I had in mind is becoming rather....longer. How will I ever choose what to do? I had not planned on limiting my songs to the traditional genre, but how do I choose one or two songs when there are so many wonderful sets of words and beautiful melodies???

Cheers--or, perhaps, considering the subjec--Melancholies...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GRAVE OF NAPOLEON
From: GUEST,AnneMC
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 01:31 PM

The Grave of Napoleon - this song is on a Dick and Carol Holdstock CD called Shanties and Sea Songs from Way Out West.

THE GRAVE OF NAPOLEON

On a lone barren isle, where the wild roaring billow,
Assails the stern rock, and the loud tempest rave,
The hero lies still while the dew-dropping willow
Like a fond weeping mourner leans over the grave.
The lightning may flash, and the loud thunders rattle,
He heeds not, he hears not, he's free from all pain,
He sleeps his last sleep; he has fought his last battle,
No sound can awake him to glory again.
No sound can awake him to glory again.

Yet spirit immortal, the tomb cannot bind thee,
For like thine own eagle that soared to the sun,
Thou springest from bondage, and leavest behind thee
A name which before thee no mortal has won.
Though nations may combat, and war's thunder rattle,
No more on thy steed wilt thou sweep o'er the plain,
Thou sleepest thy last sleep,
Thou hast fought thy last battle,
No sound can awake him to glory again.
No sound can awake him to glory again.

Oh shade of the mighty! Where now are thy legions
That rushed but to conquer when thou led them on?
Alas! They have perished in far hilly regions,
And all save the fame of their triumph is gone.
The trumpet may sound and the loud cannon rattle,
They heed not, they hear not, they're free from all pain,
They sleep their last sleep,
They have fought their last battle,
No sound can awake him to glory again.
No sound can awake him to glory again.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Sally M
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 12:37 PM

Snuffy,
Yuck ! Thank you for that one - I'm sure the kids will like it.
I'll it out on them sometime.

Sally


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 09:29 AM

Charming, Snuffy!

Why restrict your interest to just dead people? How about a dead dog such as in "Dead Dog Scrumpy/Cider"? The little ones will moan and groan with delight as the dog floats to the top in the middle of the beer tasting, belly side up.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 09:07 AM

Sally,

If the kids like the traditional version of Six Dukes, see how they like the Kipper Family's parody OVERSTRAND. Gory enough even for children!!


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Sally M - at work
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 08:01 AM

How about the "Six Lords went a-fishing". It's in digitrad - but I can't do the blue clicky thing. However I sing the Cecil Sharpe collected version about the Duke of Bedford & Woburn Abbey - cos it's near to where I live.   Although I don't ofen sing it, I have found that children are intrigued with the verse about 'opened his bowels and spread out his feet".
Also "The Lady from Oxford city" (?) where her sailor/servant lover kills her with poison in her drink and then drinks the same himself - "young men beware of jealousy".
Well if blood and gore can get children interested in tradional songs then great, there's heaps to choose from aren't there !

Sally


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Weasel Books
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:47 AM

How could I forget the Cruel Sister (or Twa Sisters, etc) when the jealous sister pushes the younger into the water, who drowns (or is murdered by a miller). A minstrel walks by and makes a harp out of her breastbone, stringing it with strands of her golden hair. It then sings out against the sister!
Best ones I think are Old Blind Dogs, Pentangle, and Jody Stecher. Go to the latter's website, I don't know how to do a blue-clicky, and there you'll find a lovely illustration.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Weasel Books
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:29 AM

The Demon Lover, also known as the House Carpenter.
Two good versions I can think of are Steeleye Span and The iron Horse. I think the latter is better. Oh and Dylan has one too.
Basicaly, and I'm it's about a woman who was engaged to a man gone to sea, but has long since married another. One day her love returns and compells her to go with him. When at sea then she finds out he has come to drag her down to Hell. Her lover is either a ghost or the Devil himself, depending on which version you follow.
In the House Carpenter versions (very popular in America), the supernatural elements are gone, and instead it is merely a tale of divine punishment for adulterous lovers.
Sweeney's Men does this one.

The Wife of Usher's Well is a folksong equivalent of the Monkey's Paw. A widow sends her three sons off to sea, who then die. She is wracked with grief and refuses to accept the fact that they are gone, calling them to return. They do so, a year(?) later, and she invites them to eat and sleep, but they say they cannot remain past dawn. When the cocks cry, they dissapear.
Martin Carthy's version (with his daughter on fiddle) is set to a Basque tune. Stunningly beautiful.

If you have done the Erlking, why not contrast it with The False Knight on the Road? The Devil tries to trick a young boy, but fails.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: mg
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 12:35 AM

I think a great one for that age group would be the lake of Coolfin..where two boys go swimming and one drowns..it is a beautiful toon..also Young Charlotte where she won't wear her coat because it doesn't match her gown and freezes to death in the sleigh...Peter Amberly but you have to make sure not to get a version with the Tramps and Hawkers melody (or the folk police could get you..) mg


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Tannywheeler
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 04:51 PM

"Pretty Polly", "Poor Ellen Smith", "Omy Wise", "Foggy Dew", "Roddy McCorley", "Barb'ry Allen", "Frankie and Johnny", "Wreck of the Old 97", the last verse of "Dark As A Dungeon", Woody Guthrie's "Ballad of Tom Joad", "Tam Lin" -- my hands are getting tired.                   Tw


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Barry T not at home
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 03:31 PM

My tune, An Emigrant's Daughter, is sung in the first person by a young girl 'from the other side'.

http://members.shaw.ca/tunebook/emigdau.htm


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 02:50 PM

I believe old friend Steve Gillette wrote the song "The Earlking". He first recorded it back in the 1960s for Vanguard. I've e-mailed him and he may look in here.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 10:09 AM

Malcolm Douglas said:

There are indeed a few Grey Cock variants with a ghost in them; as I said, the revenant verses are borrowed from other songs.

And so? Isn't that par for the course in folk songs? If it were not for the revenant part of The Grey Cock, I wouldn't think it interesting enough to remember, much less sing!

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 01:43 AM

There are indeed a few Grey Cock variants with a ghost in them; as I said, the revenant verses are borrowed from other songs. Consider it as a night-visiting song which occasionally has supernatural elements; though these are not native to it.

For a detailed analysis, see Hugh Shields, 'The Grey Cock: Dawn Song or Revenant Ballad?' in E B Lyle, Ballad Studies, 1976. I found his arguments convincing, though my own, far more limited, examination of variants had pre-disposed me to that opinion. Anyway, Shields is a real authority (unlike me) so you'll have to disagree with him as well!


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Callie
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 09:20 PM

Jim Boyes' "Brokenhearted Among the Pines" is about Kurt Cobain. An unexpected gem of a song!


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 08:24 PM

I Will Put My Ship In Order - dead lover visits his girl.
The Bergen - about dead sailors buried in unmarked graves.
The Flying Cloud - a ghost ship that saves a modern liner.

But I agree with Charley - Anne Boleyn will go over well. Catchy refrain and funny tale (for all but Anne).


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 08:09 PM

Sqeezldy, While (as a general principle with ANYBODY) I don't discount a possiblity of Malcolm Douglas getting something wrong (he tends to be very accurate,, far more accurate than me,, BUT we are all human), I would very much be inclined to investigate the possibility of there being more than one Grey Cock varient, and versions containing or not containing the ghost element,


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:18 PM

If you PM me your email addy, I'll sing and record The Grey Cock and send it to you, since you don't have the tune.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:13 PM

Let us know which songs you'll go for and a little about how the students react to them, please!


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: squeezeldy
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 03:13 PM

Thank you again for all of your input and opinions. I have lots of folk songs, because I've been singing folk music for....well, many years.
I was not very specific. We started by studying a couple of ballads--Edmund Fitz and Erlking. The resulting discussions showed that the students are interested in stories containing ghosts, death, gore--and I commented that I know a lot of songs with those things in them. I thought of some of the pop songs of the 60's--Teen Angel, and so forth. I would like to look at some other genres that sing of the death of a loved one. St. James' Infirmary is another example.
What I need help with is picking the corners of your brain and coming up with various genres and time periods.

Another note: The Grey Cock is indeed a night-visiting song. The lover is dead. Sorry, Malcom, but I disagree with you.

Thank you Charley, for the Soldier's Revelry. I'll nose around and see if I can find a melody.

Susanne, I will follow up on your suggestions. Thanks again, everybody. Meanwhile, I told my class what I had been doing and they were quite pleased that you took the time to answer on their behalf. I thank you, too.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 02:10 PM

Fan: Why don't you sing any happy songs?

Townes Van Zandt: Ma'am, these ARE my happy songs.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: open mike
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 02:02 PM

Lady Franklin's Lament..about Lord Franklin
there are 4 versions in DT


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Snuffy
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 09:29 AM

JOE HILL


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 08:13 AM

"Revelry of the Dying" is a classic soldier's drinking song that has been updated several times, from century to century, from war to war:

"Composed by a British officer in India in the 1800's when the plague was hourly sweeping off his companions. He did not long survive his wonderful production."

Adapted by Charlie Ipcar - 1993
Tune by Charlie Ipcar

Revelry of the Dying


G?C-----------G---------C
We meet ?neath the sound-ing raft-ers,
--------F
And the walls a-round are bare,
---------------------------C
As they shout to our peals of laugh-ter,
D-----------------------D7--G
You?d swear that the dead were there.
----C-----------G-------C
But stand to your glass-es, stead-y!
-----F
We?ll drink to our com-rades? eyes,
------------------------C
Raise a cup to the dead al-ready,
-----G-----------------G7-C
And hur-rah! for the next that dies.

There?s a mist on the glass congealing;
?Tis the furies? fiery breath;
And thus does the warmth of feeling
Turn ice in the grasp of death.
But stand to your glasses, steady!
For a moment the vapor flies,
Raise a cup to the dead already,
And hurrah! for the next that dies.

Who dreads to the dust returning?
Who shrinks from that sable shore?
Where the high and haughty yearning
Of the soul shall sting no more.
But stand to your glasses, steady!
This world is a world of lies,
Raise a cup to the dead already,
And hurrah! for the next that dies.

Cut off from the land that bore us,
Betrayed by the land we find,
Where the brightest have gone before us,
And the dullest remain behind.
But stand to your glasses, steady!
?Tis all we?ve left to prize,
Raise a cup to the dead already,
And hurrah! for the next that dies.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: belfast
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 06:09 AM

I had thought the request was for songs relating to the dead who are still with us - "last night she came to me, my dead love came in " - but apparently not. Most songs, especially folk songs, like most novels,like Shakespeare's plays, are about dead people. The easiest meathod would be to go to the digitrad, find the very few songs that are about the living, remove them, and there you are. The remainder are songs about the dead.

And in due course every song will fall into that category.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: treewind
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 05:02 AM

Michaelr, Schubert's setting of "Der Erlkoenig" is arguably more famous than Goethe's original poem!

(maybe you were trying to think of a folk song...)

Anahata


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: pavane
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 04:38 AM

Look at Standing Stones, in the DT

Recorded by Dave and Toni Arthur on 'Hearken to the Witches Rune'


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: IanC
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 03:51 AM

Maria Marten's really good, but don't use the badly transcribed version in the DT. Here's a fairly good broadside version, or in this thread.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: woodsie
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:24 PM

The Dead were a great band.


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Subject: RE: I sing songs...about dead people
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:23 PM

Most Child ballads, most mining songs, most Irish rebel songs, a good percentage of sea songs and soldiers' songs and quite a few love songs would qualify! 'Death of Young Andrew' would keep you in teaching material for weeks, but two I find particularly moving are 'Ballad of Claudy' by James Simmons and 'Love Song' by Victoria Wood, of all people.


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