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GUEST,Hilary 'no love' from a woman's perspective (30) RE: 'no love' from a woman's perspective 27 May 14

"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"
"Lewiston Factory Girl"

This question really gets me thinking. It's difficult for me to think of non love songs which are obviously from the woman's perspective, whereas I can think of many which seem to be written in a man's voice. For men, there are a lot of broadsides dealing with work, but there really aren't a lot of songs about traditional women's work. Of course, expanding out to non traditional material will probably change this, as previous posters have shown. In this article, the author attempts to form a distinction between male and female singing traditions in maritime Canada at the turn of the century. He touches upon the possibility that men might have been more interested in singing broadsides, and women the older ballads, although, as I write this, I realize this is only a small fraction of the songs which exist. Most Child Ballads are written in 3rd person, without an obvious narrator, hence why it might be easier to find first person songs about men working, but not about women working. It's also likely that women's work was seen as less important and therefore less worthy as a song subject.

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