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Thread #95461   Message #1857394
Posted By: Bob Bolton
12-Oct-06 - 09:15 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Judas and Mary (Sydney Carter)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Said Judas to Mary - Sydney Carter
G'day Mick,

I'm sure I sounded far too certain that there was anything like a "correct" version. When I listened to your tune, I thought there were differences from what is in my mind ... then, when I set down the 'dots' from the Galliard book - I discovered almost as many differences!

I should never regard any setting by book publishers as authoritative - especially for someone like Sydney Carter who memorably entitled his poetry book "Nothing Fixed or Final"! Wherever he performed, when he came to Australia in 1971, he made it clear that he was happy to hear whatever anyone did, in good faith, to his songs.

It's a great pity that his work is now in the hands of publisher diametrically opposed to his generous attitude.