Mudcat Café message #214488 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20510   Message #214488
Posted By: Joe Offer
19-Apr-00 - 04:19 PM
Thread Name: Shouldn't have been covered (songs)
Subject: Peter, Paul and Mary
Sorry I didn't respond earlier, Wesley S - Click the song title to play This Land Is Your Land from our database, and note the difference between this original version and the Peter, Paul and Mary version you're familiar with. I guess we don't have "If I Had a Hammer" in the database, but the differences between the original and PP&M versions are similar to what they did to "This Land." They add extra notes and sometimes an extra measure to the ending words of several lines, but not in a way that harmonizes with the original version. Since PP&M were so immensely popular, many people learned the PP&M versions of these songs and don't know the originals.

These two songs are particularly good for group singing - but when groups of people try to sing them, you invariably get dissonance, some people singing the original (i.e., Weavers version, I guess) and others singing the PP&M version.

So, yeah, I think that PP&M ruined more than a couple very good songs. Their recordings of the songs are fine - but they've made it so nobody else can sing them in a community singing situation.

-Joe Offer-