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Thread #79844 Message #1454020
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
06-Apr-05 - 08:54 PM
Thread Name: Songs that should have been folk songs
Subject: RE: Songs that should have been folk songs
Some songs "sound traditional" because people mistake 1960s -or later- revival styles for traditional ones. Both Johnny be Good and Lay Down Your Weary Tune were set to much older melodies; whatever their artistic merits, the lyrics of neither really stand up as "traditional style" on their own (particularly Dylan's) if you're not hearing the borrowed tune in your mind at the same time.