The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76194   Message #1347813
Posted By: Roberto
05-Dec-04 - 03:50 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Barbara Allen (from Jimmy Stewart)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jimmy Stewart's Barbara Allen
Kytrad, not for the DT, although when someone is lookig for a text I have, I post it. The text is part of the whole thing, and when your mother language is not English, it is important to fill the gap. And I agree with Bloom, the American literary scholar, some of the best poetry in English is to be found in the big ballads. And I'm interested in the variations offered by the different renditions of the traditional songs. And these songs are part of my life since I was a boy (and now I'm nearly 50). It is to get the meaning of these songs that I began learning English. And I think it is a pity that these texts are not know as they would deserve to people outside the world of folk music enthusiasts. It is a corpus of poetry that should be known, at least by students. And there are so many great recordings of these ballads and songs in the 20th Century. Now I've asked your question one. Lay the bent to the bonny broom. I hope I'll get my transcription done. Fa la la la la la la la la. Best wishes. Roberto