Mudcat Café message #826479 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #48317   Message #826479
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
14-Nov-02 - 09:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sheath and Knife
Subject: RE: Sheath and Knife
As I thought I had stated pretty clearly, there is still an ongoing dispute in this discussion as to whether or not the text quoted is what MacColl actually sang; and we have, equally, no idea as yet as to whether or not his recording reflected a genuine traditional version of the song, or just a made-up personal interpretation of what he thought it ought to have been. By all means quote me, but please don't edit what I have said in order to dismiss, spuriously, the point I made; which is what you have just tried to do. We need to know exactly what he sang (and what his source sang; his interpretation of the "meaning" is irrelevant if it is only his own) before we can presume, on our part, to interpret. So far, we still do not have the required information.