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Thread #84916 Message #1570628
Posted By: GUEST,Len Wallace
25-Sep-05 - 11:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Union Man (Len Wallace, Steve Earle)
Subject: RE: Union lyrics for Earle's 'Galway Girl'
Thanks guys for the comments.
Actually, the Steve Earle song itself has a bit of the ol' Woody Guthrie type feel, kind of country ceilidh. And yup, I drew upon the idea of the old song "Which Side Are You On", also ideas of the old English coal miner songs and Kentucky miner songs. And I also continued the Woody Guthrie tradition of stealing other people's tunes and changing the words. Nevertheless, the sentiment still stands today. The difference between this song and other songs I wrote about miners is that, this time, no miners die of cave ins or black lung!
Yours for the One Big Accordion,