The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37558   Message #524683
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
09-Aug-01 - 06:12 PM
Thread Name: Help: Who corrects the DT??
Subject: RE: Help: Who corrects the DT??
Charley, I would agree that in traditional songs, it is permissable and even in some cases desirable to do some personal editing, but in the case of a written song, written by a master of the art, may I say, I would venture to suggest that changing the lyrics at random is just sheer disrespect.

At the very least, anybody posting the lyrics for others to peruse should make every effort to ensure that what is being posted is what the author wrote.

I have to confess that when I sing "The Rambling Rover", I sing "Crippled with arthritis" rather than "Bent with arthritis". My reasoning is that people get bent with rheumatism, not arthritis, but if I were giving the lyrics to someone else I would give them exactly as Andy wrote them.