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Thread #78750 Message #1422807
Posted By: Muttley
28-Feb-05 - 09:14 AM
Thread Name: Acceptable adjectives in folk songs
Subject: RE: Acceptable adjectives in folk songs
Just a little add-on here - though I am by any means a songwriter: written a couple of parodies, but that's all (the one MOST appreciated by my schoolchildren audiences being "Blame it on the Tellies: or Why I hate the Tellytubbies" which is sung to the tune of the traditional Australian folk ballad "Blame it on the Kellys" - a little graphic in what SHOULD happen to those evil little beings but nothing risque!).
HOWEVER (sorry - i can't italicise) I reckon the BEST song which wholeheartedly pushes the "sensuality" or "eros" envelope without crossing the line is "Drink Down the Moon" as sung by Steeleye Span (first recorded on the Now We Are Six album if I am not mistaken) this goes about as close to singing openly about pre-marital "nookie" as anything I have heard. The most explicit being the brilliantly wrought lines in the final part of the song .......
"There is a thorn bush in our cael yard
There is a thorn bush in our cael yard
At the back o' thorn bush there lays a lad and lass
And they're busy, busy farin' at the cuckoo's nest"
Brilliant, suggestive, sensuous and above all - - - - CLEAN !!