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GUEST,harvey andrews Can newly composed song become folk song (70* d) RE: Can newly composed song become folk song 16 Dec 01


One of my songs, "The Soldier" was collected by a researcher from a soldier with a varient lyric. He did not know the origin of the song, only that it was banned, he said. The researcher passed this on to Roy Palmer the folksong expert who contacted the Ministry of Defence who asked him to hold as they had a spokesperson on this song. The spokesperson informed him that it was written by an ex paratrooper called Harvey Andrews. Roy Palmer then recognised my name. I've never served in the Forces.This was just one of the many myths and legends the song is already carrying. The lyric also won the under 14's poetry competition in the Manchester Evening News and the boy's teacher said she was astounded that he'd written it. He got a booktoken that had to be returned when the phones began to ring! It was also published in the National methodist Magazine as having been written by a prisoner as part of his rehabilitation course, the priest involved being deeply impressed. This song obviously wants to be a folk song and people are trying hard to carry out the folk process...does it qualify???


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