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Thread #95461   Message #1858403
Posted By: Bob Bolton
13-Oct-06 - 10:23 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Judas and Mary (Sydney Carter)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Said Judas to Mary - Sydney Carter
G'day Mick (& McGrath),

You'll note that I mentioned: "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.

I guess that I always think it's a courtesy to look first at the author's original version ... but this experience suggests that the published arrangement - culled by the publisher's musical arrangers from the very free performance of Sydney Carter may not be all that "definitive" ... or even "accurate"!

Whatever you do ... keep singing his great songs ... and let S & B descend to wherever they belong!