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Thread #148012   Message #3434641
Posted By: GUEST,Blandiver
11-Nov-12 - 06:03 AM
Thread Name: No Man's Land/willie McBride-rap version?
Subject: RE: No Man's Land/willie McBride-rap version?
I wouldn't really assault anyone for having poor taste in music

Why are Folkies so damn righteous? I blame the legacy of prescriptive moralising that typified the early revival and the religiosity of the Folk Orthodoxy thereafter. No Man's Land is a classic example of such righteousness. I've often toyed with writing a song in which the ghost of Private William McBride answers Eric Bogle's mawkish tripe - I think it would be quite short: Feck off, hippy - go sing about something you actually know about.

This is why I love Traditional Song - no one's preaching at you, just telling it like it is. But right from an early age I'd be going into folk clubs, weeping to The Plains of Waterloo and sitting in grim disbelief when it would be followed in the next breath by The Band Played Waltzing Matilda as if they were somehow related. I guess I never did have the Folk Gene...