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Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know

Brendy 20 Jan 00 - 12:42 AM
cousinraven 20 Jan 00 - 01:53 AM
GeorgeH 20 Jan 00 - 03:54 AM
GUEST,honestfrankie 20 Jan 00 - 11:11 AM
GUEST,bet 20 Jan 00 - 12:14 PM
alison 20 Jan 00 - 06:36 PM
McGrath of Harlow 20 Jan 00 - 08:04 PM
BK 20 Jan 00 - 10:54 PM
TheOldMole 21 Jan 00 - 10:07 PM
bseed(charleskratz) 22 Jan 00 - 01:12 AM
Amos 22 Jan 00 - 05:51 PM
GUEST,Aldus 25 Jan 00 - 11:16 AM
Midchuck 25 Jan 00 - 02:38 PM
Amos 25 Jan 00 - 04:25 PM
GUEST,Stupidbodhranplayerwhodoesn'tknowanybetter 25 Jan 00 - 07:31 PM
GUEST,_gargoyle 25 Jan 00 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,ddw 25 Jan 00 - 11:57 PM
GUEST,Leprechaun 26 Jan 00 - 01:21 AM
reggie miles 26 Jan 00 - 12:47 PM
harpgirl 29 Jun 00 - 02:19 PM
SINSULL 29 Jun 00 - 03:45 PM
Kim C 29 Jun 00 - 04:01 PM
L R Mole 30 Jun 00 - 10:37 AM
GUEST,Colwyn Dane 30 Jun 00 - 08:45 PM
Ely 02 Oct 00 - 12:17 AM
jacko@nz 02 Oct 00 - 12:37 AM
PoohBear 02 Oct 00 - 01:04 AM
Ely 02 Oct 00 - 01:58 AM
Hutzul 03 Oct 00 - 12:36 AM
Metchosin 03 Oct 00 - 02:04 AM
Little Hawk 03 Oct 00 - 02:07 AM
Metchosin 03 Oct 00 - 02:31 AM
Robby 03 Oct 00 - 10:05 AM
Burke 03 Oct 00 - 08:54 PM
Airto 04 Oct 00 - 05:05 AM
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GUEST,Lucius 12 May 02 - 06:19 PM
Joe Offer 12 May 02 - 06:51 PM
GUEST,Lucius 13 May 02 - 12:08 AM
fat B****rd 13 May 02 - 03:29 AM
DMcG 13 May 02 - 03:47 AM
Joe Offer 13 May 02 - 01:20 PM
Mary in Kentucky 13 May 02 - 02:00 PM
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DMcG 13 May 02 - 03:12 PM
Gareth 13 May 02 - 05:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Brendy
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 12:42 AM

Arthur McBride
The Holy Ground
The Crack was 90
Uncle John
Bright Blue Rose
Crazy Dreams
The Sun is burning
Go Move Shift
Fertile Rock
As I roved out
The Blacksmith
Clare to Here
Black is the colour
Irish ways and Irish laws
Dreams of summer
Nancy Spain
Lonesome Robin
Paddy's Lament to the Emerald Isle
The Isle of Inísfrí
The Tinkerman's Daughter
Crusader
Almost ev'ry circumstance
Only our Rivers
Ride On
Buddy can you spare a dime
The Fields of Athenry
Sam Hall
The Lakes of Ponthartrain
My True Love
Clyde's Bonny Banks
May you never
Mountains of Mourne
I Don't Want to Know about Evil
Carrickfergus
Whiskey in the Jar (only joking)
Desperadoes waiting for a Train
Tea and Sympathy
The Dutchman
Heart with no companion
Rollin' in my sweet baby's arms
Sacco and Vanzetti
Margarita
Boys from the Co. Armagh (of course)
Lament on the passing of the 12 bar blues
Boys of Barr na tsráide
Takin' Names
Gone crazy on you
Níl sé 'na lá
F.D.R. in Trinidad
Whiter shade of Pale
Me and Bobby McGee
Space Oddity
Then we take Berlin
Help me make it thru the night
Land of the Bottom Line
No Woman no Cry
Nothin' but the same old story
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Needle and the Damage Done
The Weight
Ain't Misbehavin'

That'll do for a start


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: cousinraven
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 01:53 AM

Speaking of Camp songs (somewhere in this thread) Someone told me of a song that went something like

Going on a snipe hunt. Gonna catch a live one I'm not afraid Cause I've got....

clomp...clomp...clomp...clomp

Any help would be apreciated.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GeorgeH
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 03:54 AM

GUEST MTed: I reckon that suggestion is spot-on.

G.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,honestfrankie
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 11:11 AM

The suggestions so far are a little biased toward the aging folkie. Not that the ones I am suggesting are like really cool now but they have their place. Johnny B. Goode Secret Agent Man Peter Gunn Purple Haze Whole Lotta Love And I have to acknowledge the good choice that somebody mentioned in Log Driver's Waltz which the group I performed on New Years with voted as the Canadian song of the century


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,bet
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 12:14 PM

Interesting lists of songs, thanks. Boy do I have nmy work cut out for me. Will, I only have the kids thru 4th grade so I'll leave a few for the next music teacher. bet


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: alison
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 06:36 PM

cousinraven

we do it as "going on a bear hunt" one person leads, the others echo each line

we're going on a bear hunt
gonna catch a big one
we're not scared
what a beautiful day
UH-OH

then follows a variety of obstacles to fight your way through with actions

like long wavy grass (swish swish)
deep gooey mud (glub glub)
etc

ending up with a dark gloomy cave

which you reach inside

two big hairy claws
two big googly eyes
one black shiny nose
AAAHHHHHHH IT"S A BEAR

then you run back through all the obstacles again until you are safely home....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 08:04 PM

Well, the original suggestion was that we should try to identify the songs people knew already: "the songs have to be ones that most people know already, songs that are an actual part of the mainstream of our culture - not songs we wish people would know"


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: BK
Date: 20 Jan 00 - 10:54 PM

A lot of Oklahoman Tom Paxton's & Canadian Gordon Lightfoot's songs would probably qualify as being entrenched in the American musical mind-set, as would some other Canadian writers material, such as "Circle Game."

some other examples:

Last Thing On My Mind & (Can't Help But Wonder) Where I'm Bound, also Marvellous Toy; Early Mornin' Rain, If You Could Read My MInd... Seems the list could be endless.

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: TheOldMole
Date: 21 Jan 00 - 10:07 PM

I've read in a couple of different sources that the most widely known composed song, worldwide, is the Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord."


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 01:12 AM

I may have missed some of these while skimming some of the longer lists:

Abilene
Just One of Those Things
Summertime
St. James Infirmary
The Titanic (and Fare-Thee, Titanic)
The Midnight Special
There Was and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Sixteen Tons
Hard Travellin'
Times Are Getting Hard
I Ain't Got No Home
So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
Your Cheatin' Heart
Your Cold, Cold Heart
My Baby Just Cares for Me
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Let My People Go
That Old Black Magic
My Funny Valentine

--seed


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Amos
Date: 22 Jan 00 - 05:51 PM

Gotta add The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, as a great American love song.

Personally I would LIKE to see everyone know the Unreconstructed Rebel and, on a different theme, O'Reilly's Daughter, and the Gathering of the Clans and Keep on Truckin' just so we could have a common ground to get bawdy on!!

A.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Aldus
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 11:16 AM

I would like to offer A Canadian version, or at least a version with some Canadian songs; Farewell to Nova Scotia The Squid Jiggin Ground Alouetta Un Canadien Errant Out On the Myra Norhtwest Passage Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald Brave Wolf Cape Breton Lullaby Four Strong Winds Citadel Hill The Maple Leaf Forever Ise The Bye True Newfoundlanders Fogartys Cove Barretts Privateers She's Called Nova Scotia The Bluenose is Sailin Once Again You Ain't A Nova Scotian If You Don"t Drink Rum Flyin' On Your own

There are probably lots more. Also, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is not an American song as far as I know. I believer it was written Ewan Mccoll. I could be wrong.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Midchuck
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 02:38 PM

Canadian songs that have transcended Canadianness and become North American songs:

Four Strong Winds Someday Soon You Were on my Mind The Mary Ellen Carter Barrett's Privateers plus any number of Lightfoot's that Tony Rice sort of took over.....

Peter (who can't figure out why no bluegrass band has ever done "Canol Road....)


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Amos
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 04:25 PM

Re: First time Ever I Saw...

Humble apologiae; I had it associated with Peggy Seeger in my aged mind.

A.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Stupidbodhranplayerwhodoesn'tknowanybetter
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 07:31 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with Song for Ireland for the Irish list. It should probably have "You're not Irish (you don't know Danny Boy)" as well. A few for the American list would be Christmas in the Trenches; Just a Few More Days (Carter Family); 6 O'Clock News (Robin & Linda Williams); The Lonesome Road Blues, The Car Song(Woody Guthrie), I'm My Own Gran'pa. Kat, Sorry to hear about your loss. That's a really painful experience because there is no end of memories to come flooding back. GIve yourself time to heal LOve, Rich


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,_gargoyle
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 10:02 PM

DEARST ALLAN C>

From: Allan C.
Date: 19-Jan-00 - 07:16 AM

refresh

Now why the Amster---, Amster---, did you do this?

For the entire last week....my brain has been doing dejavu, hip-hop, flip-flops

Last year's, and this year's DATES are too close....(my checks are still being initialed with "gg's" for wrong years

I kept ignoring the thread...and then it became TOO MUCH .....TOO INSISTANT it was necessary to "check in"

Boy, this looked familar, been there, done that....WHY WAS THREAD here!!!! (Too much science fiction....too much abasinth wine???)((Good Lordy, I DON'T WANT TO BE CYSIPHUS AND RELIVE ALL MY PAST MISTAKES)) or in this case...."best suggestions."

Out of ALL the previous four year's postings....YOURS ....is the closest to fulfilling all the various "Wyoming Womens' Dreams" (note the "plural" positioning of the apostrophe) and rendering me into a "permanent state of appolexy" and permanently removing my personae from ANY future web prescence.

WHAT possessed YOU to post SUCH a "refresher?????"


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,ddw
Date: 25 Jan 00 - 11:57 PM

Amos,

If I'm not mistaken, you're still right about it being associated with Peggy Seegar. Wasn't the song written by Ewan McColl as a wedding gift for his bride, Peggy S.? At least that's what I always heard was the origin on the piece.....

david


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Leprechaun
Date: 26 Jan 00 - 01:21 AM

So this thread is a year old and nobody's mentioned Mo Ghile Mear? How about The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty, El Paso, The Beverly Hillbillies.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: reggie miles
Date: 26 Jan 00 - 12:47 PM

I've always thought "The First Time Ever I Sawed Your Face" would be a perfect musical saw number.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: harpgirl
Date: 29 Jun 00 - 02:19 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Jun 00 - 03:45 PM

Can it be there is not a single lullaby on these lists?

Hushaby, don't you cry...
Rock-a-bye, Baby
Tora, Lora, Lora (SP?)not to be confused with Tora!Tora!Tora!


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Kim C
Date: 29 Jun 00 - 04:01 PM

Annie Laurie


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: L R Mole
Date: 30 Jun 00 - 10:37 AM

The problem is all inside this thread, they said to me; Each song I think about starts up another three; I'll meet you on the porch--this one starts off in D, (There must be) fifty more we haven't thought of.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Colwyn Dane
Date: 30 Jun 00 - 08:45 PM

Most of the Irving Berlin song book - the guy was a jeanyus - would make the US list:

White Xmas Easter Parade God Bless America There's No Business Like Show Business Alexander's Ragtime Band Blue Skies How Deep Is The Ocean? Cheek To Cheek Puttin' On The Ritz Change Partners ecetera, ecetera.

Songs titles that feature State or City names:

Deep In The Heart Of Texas Oklahoma! California Here I Come Indiana Chicago Moonlight In Vermont The Sidewalks Of New York Hello 'Frisco Hello I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City and many more....

Good Readdance, Colwyn.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Ely
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:17 AM

You asked for it . . .

1)All The Pretty Little Horses; 2)Baby Tree (there's an island way out in the sea . . .); 3)Banks of the Ohio; 4)Blowing in the Wind; 5)Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie; 6)Captain Kidd; 7)City of New Orleans; 8)Coal Tattoo; 9)Damned old Piney Mountains; 10)Darcy Farrow; 11)Dark as a Dungeon; 12)Don't Think Twice; 13)Early Morning Rain; 14)Few Days; 15)Freight Train; 16)Friendly Beasts; 17)Galveston Flood; 18)Ginny's Gone to Ohio; 19)Goober Peas; 20)Good-Night, Irene; 21)Grandfather's Clock; 22)Hobo's Lullaby; 23)House of the Rising Sun; 24)How Can I Keep From Singing?; 25)I'll Fly Away; 26)I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry; 27)Jamaica Farewell; 28)Jesse James; 29)Joe Hill; 30)Jute Mill Song; 31)Last Thing On My Mind; 32)Leaving On A Jet Plane; 33)Lodi; 34)Lost Highway; 35)Molly and Tenbroucks; 36)1913 Massacre; 37)No More Auction Block; 38)Old Chisholm Trail; 39)Pack Up Your Sorrows; 40)Pallet on the Floor; 41)Railroading on the Great Divide; 42)Rivers of Texas (or whatever you call it); 43)Sammy's Bar; 44)Skye Boat Song; 45)Streets of Laredo; 46)Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; 47)Waltzing Matilda; 48)Waterbound; 49)Who Will Sing For Me?; 50)Will the Circle Be Unbroken?


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: jacko@nz
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:37 AM

there's an impressive list of "should knows" but i think that If everyone could stand up on their own and sing just ten songs that they liked there would be a whole lot more singing going on


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: PoohBear
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 01:04 AM

Sixteen Tons


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Ely
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 01:58 AM

Actually, I think I could sing 40 of those 50 and fudge the last 10 if I had to (not that anyone would want me to . . . where's that "can singing be taught" thread?). Not fair of me to call 'em, otherwise.

If anyone think's I'm completely obsessive for putting those in alphabetical order, I'm working on compiling a songbook for personal use, so I have a list of them right on the computer.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Hutzul
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 12:36 AM

All God's Children Got a Place in the Choir

La Donna E Mobile


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Metchosin
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 02:04 AM

esoul, if you start a new thread with your request asking for help along with the title, you may get some assistance. Requests for info in threads on other topics sometimes get missed.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 02:07 AM

Damn good list, Brendy....

Okay.

Canadian songs:

Une Canadien Errant (I hope I spelled it right)
Four Strong Winds
Someday Soon
O Canada
Summer Wages
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Pussywillows, Cattails
Piney Wood Hills

American Songs:

Blowin' In The Wind
The Times They Are A-changin'
Don't Think Twice It's All Right (go ahead and bitch...)
Like A Rolling Stone
Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Just Like A Woman
Sounds of Silence
City of New Orleans
Mr. Tambourine Man

British Songs:

Ziggy Stardust
God Save The King/Queen
Numerous Beatles songs....
Several Rolling Stones songs...

German songs:

Lili Marlene
And many others, which I can't think of right now...how about some help on this, Wolfgang?

Christmas songs:

Hark the Herald Angels
Silent Night
O Little Town of Bethlehem

And some others:

Whiter Shade of Pale
On The Road Again

I could go on all night, but it's late and I'm tired. "Adieu, kind friends, adieu..."

- LH


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Metchosin
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 02:31 AM

but of course! There is a Tavern in the Town


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Robby
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 10:05 AM

After having read through the entire listing of songs in this thread, I was surprised to see that no one had suggested either Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman. If I somehow missed them in an earlier, my apologies.

Also, if it hasn't already been named for the Irish List, I'd like to include The Old Man.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Burke
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 08:54 PM

Did anyone notice that the person who revived this thread (ecat) wanted information on He's Got the Whole World in His hands?

I used several search engines & didn't find anything other than words. You might want to try a local library & look for books on the history of Negro Spirituals. The subject search you want is Spirituals (Songs)

To get more information on Mudcat, you should try starting a new thread with the title of the song in it so it's not buried as it is here.


Click here for the "Whole World" Discussion.Thanks.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Airto
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 05:05 AM

An international list:

Bye Bye Blackbird
The White Cliffs of Dover
Danny Boy
Tipperary
Juantanamera
Will you go, lassie, go
Molly Malone
Tulips from Amsterdam
Lily Marlene
Je ne regrette rien
Just one cornetto (help, what's the real title?)(O sole Mio)
Girl from Ipanema
Sweet Chariot
Summertime
Edelweiss
Yellow Submarine
Waltzing Matilda

These are not personal favourites, but everybody in Europe, and presumably North America too, knows at least the melodies to these songs, and they're not too difficult to sing (unlike many listed above, eg Whiter Shade of Pale).


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Oct 00 - 07:32 PM

Thread is long I browsed Quickly but I didn't see
JOHN HENRY on any American list that juswt aint right.
also Death letter blues,Delia,trouble in mind, sittin on top of the world, this litle light of mine, shady grove, little sadie,and the walkin blues


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Subject: Essential songs for kids
From: GUEST,Lucius
Date: 12 May 02 - 06:19 PM

I'm looking for opinions on songs that every schoolkid should know. I know that I've seen at least one thread on this topic. Unfortunately, my supersearches are in vain. If anyone can locate one of the old threads, could they post to it and let this thread die. Thanks a'bunchum.

Lucius


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Subject: RE: Essential songs for kids
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 May 02 - 06:51 PM

Hi, Lucius - a while back, we had a thread called Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know (click). Take a look. In fact, why don't we continue the discussion in that thread so it's unbroken?
-Joe Offer-
Now that Lucius has seen my message, I've moved us over to the "50 Songs" thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Lucius
Date: 13 May 02 - 12:08 AM

Thanks Joe,

Its bad enough that parents aren't teaching their kids to tie their shoes or say the alphabet, now I have to teach them "Oh Susannah". I'll check this thread to see if there is anything else that they may be missing, then I'm off to reset my cookie.

Lucius


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: fat B****rd
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:29 AM

I don't know if I missed a thread on it but the Guinness survey producing the 100 best songs of all time is quite alarming. Mind you at the same time it gives us hipsters a chance to be really holier than everybuggerelse.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: DMcG
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:47 AM

Maybe its because I'm British, but there's an alarming number of these I don't know - perhaps I need to go to Summer Camp. I was OK with Joe and Tiger's lists, but when the 'official' list was posted by Sail there were 11 of the 42 I didn't know - or at least recognise by name.

I reckon the UK 'Catters need to put together a list of songs "everyone" knows to make the US Catter's feel ignorant :-)


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 May 02 - 01:20 PM

I'd like to see your list, DMcG; and I'd also like to see lists from England, Scotland, and Australia. If I were compiling such a list, I think I'd pick songs that are a real part of the history and culture of a nation - not just really good songs that an individual thinks should be introduced. I question some on the "official" list of 42 that Sail (click) posted above.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 13 May 02 - 02:00 PM

I enjoy seeing lists from people who actually live in the countries I only read about. So many of the songs from other countries that I'm familiar with came from books such as The Book of a Thousand Songs (click here), which was published in the US, lists songs by country and purports to know which songs are common in other countries...go figure.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: SharonA
Date: 13 May 02 - 02:33 PM

OH! FIFTY songs!! *whew* You scared me, Joe; at first glance I read the thread title as "Filthy Songs Everyone Should Know".

Time for me to get new glasses!


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: DMcG
Date: 13 May 02 - 03:12 PM

I'm not sure I could really do a UK list, but here's some that I think any Northerner would know at least well enough to join in the chorus. I will also leave out things like "Happy Birthday", so I'll stick to 10: 5 Northern, 5 other. I am reminded though of another Alex Glasgow song

He sings the "Blaydon Races" (which he needed to rehearse)
But cannot quite remember if there is a second verse

So:

    1. Blaydon Races
    2. Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie, Laddie
    3. Cushie Butterfield
    4. The Lambton Worm
    5. Up the Row
    6. I'm Shy, Mary Ellen
    7. Bicycle Made for Two
    8. A Long Way to Tipperary
    9. Yellow Submarine
    10. The Wheels on the Bus (!)


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Gareth
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:00 PM

Pure Discrimination against us Welsh !

Lets try 5
The Bells of Rhymney
Cosher Bailey
Sospan Fach
Greshford
and if you know yer history, and economic migration The Leaving of Liverpool

Gareth


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: Don Firth
Date: 13 May 02 - 05:09 PM

This is a fascinating exercise! When I compare the lists that have appeared here with a list I have in my head of songs that were considered "essential repertoire" for a singer of folk songs when I first started (early Fifties), I am amazed at some of the songs that are not here! There seems to be a scarcity of Child ballads, for example. Two of the most popular, that practically everyone, including non-singers knew, were Barbara Allen and Lord Randal. Of course, our repertoires were largely shaped by what books and records were available at the time. But I'm still amazed at some of the songs that no longer seem to make the cut.

I'll be busy for the next day or two, but I'll think about this, make a list, and be back.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: GUEST,Al
Date: 14 May 02 - 02:24 AM

When the saints go marching in


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: DMcG
Date: 14 May 02 - 07:27 AM

The Child Ballad point is an interesting one. I deliberately excluded them because I thought I would go through the set separately and see which ones I reckon are still very widely known. I agree that Barbara Allan and and Lord Randall are still up there in the UK, as is The Raggle-Taggle Gypsy. The Cherry Tree Carol does well at Christmas and many people know, but few love, "Blow Away the Morning Dew" because it was a school-standard. John of Hazeldean (or more likely Jock) probably finishes the set that 90%+ of UK people know.


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Subject: RE: Fifty Songs Everyone Should Know
From: DMcG
Date: 16 May 02 - 03:41 AM

refresh to overcome the DayOut (so named for all John Wyndham fans) and to see if the US would have any other Child Ballads as the common set. As before, we are talking about songs everyone knows, rather than us addicts.


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