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Linda Mattson Martin Carthy is good/crap -discuss!! (41) RE: MARTIN CARTHY 17 Apr 01

Martin Carthy wrote an updated version of the traditional song "And a-beggin I will go" that struck me to the core. I was poor and unemployed at the time, and he sang about homeless people. His use of language was striking. Speaking of homeless people he wrote that they were "completely invisible to the state, and there for ALL to see..."

In his version, the singer sang "I had luncheon off the embankment, and that was my lunch and tea, and only the finest cardboard made a home that was fit for me, and a-beggin I will go, and a beggin I will go."

I asked him if I could print the words in our folk club newsletter, and he sang his version into a tape recorder for me after the concert. I think he's a great, generous, and humble, man. Linda

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