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Thread #57244   Message #1461604
Posted By: CapriUni
14-Apr-05 - 07:49 PM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
I think one reason why there are so few "real" (aka "old") folksongs about living with disability is that, in order to be disabled, you first have to survive. Christopher Reeve's injury, for example, was called a "hangman's break" for good reason.

And even in 1964, my survival at birth was quite touch-and-go for a while... if it weren't for the technology of incubators and penicillin, I wouldn't have lived more than 41 hours, much less 41 years. My song, 100 years ago, would have been a mourning song for a dead infant...

There is, however: Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye, which is a wonderful song about what disability means to family members.