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GUEST,Jim Carroll Folklore: Is folk song really political? (103* d) RE: Folklore: Is folk song really political? 11 Oct 07


Charles Parker once said that a well-sung traditional love song is a fist in the face of the establishment - a prole saying "listen to me - I'm me".
If you want to hear politics in singing you should try to get hold of the recording of Harry Cox singing Betsy The Serving Maid and spitting out at the end, "and that's what they think of us"; or his long, bitter monologue on land ownership and transportation after he had sung Van Deiman's Land to Alan Lomax.
"Now, I can cheerfully ignore such bollocks" - now there's a new thought to conjure with Princess!
Jim Carroll


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