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Posted By: Tootler
20-Feb-08 - 06:54 PM
Thread Name: What is a Folk Song?
Subject: RE: What is a Folk Song?
I nominate "D-Day Dodgers" as a 20th century folk song.

Created spontaneously by British troops fighting in Italy in WWII in response to a comment by Lady Astor, the song reputedly circulated widely among the troops gathering verses as it went. A version was finally "collected" by Hamish Henderson, himself a participant in the Italian campaign so a member of the "community".