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Thread #66084   Message #3974593
Posted By: GUEST
02-Feb-19 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Is this song appropriate?: Slap Her Down Again Paw
Subject: RE: Is this song appropriate?: Slap Her Down Again Paw
It is difficult isn't it? The first song I ever sang in public was the Cooper of Fife. I was nine years old and had been stood on a table in the Miners Institute in Fife to do my party piece. The audience applauded the little English girl singing a traditional Scots song, joining in every syllable of the rollicking nonsense chorus. I think we all thought was about the wife getting what she deserved for being posh, snobbish, and lazy. I do not sing it these days, because I do not think wife beating is OK, or something to laugh at.
Many, perhaps most Child Ballads and a lot of traditional songs are about murder, war, or seduction. They do not necessarily condone it. None of the characters in Little Musgrave are particularly attractive, but it is a fine song.
One I have trouble with is The Two Magicians. I still sing it, as a terrifying song that shows that when you are being stalked, sometimes not even magic will save you, but some people feel it is on the side of the rapist.
I didn't know Slap her Down Again Paw until I read the lyrics her but is part of the problem that we are meant to find it funny?