The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #49515 Message #1044804
Posted By: Joybell
30-Oct-03 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Plastic Paddy (Eric Bogle)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Plastic Paddy (Eric Bogle)
Yes Bob, I know. I've been a restaurant singer for many years - about 30. We do what you might call theme concerts when required - Christmas, St Patricks Day, Solstice, Scottish Dancers' night, Senior Citizens' week. We've both written parodies which had a short shelf-life and sometimes done other singers' parodies. I'm not down on Eric Bogle particularly - I've performed on the same stage a time or two, and I've sung a few of his songs. The thing is that while I understand "Taking the Mickey" (we Aussies do it all the time) I can't help but hear this particular song as nasty. On stage we are vulnerable - especially the kind of stage Bogle's "Plastic Paddy" is working. Folk clubs and festivals may be quite a different matter because then we are with friends. I don't personally like it used there either. The problem is that a song does not stay among friends. This song gives audiences another handy nasty lable for use against a singer. But thanks Bob, your words are always kindly and calm.