The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #95943   Message #1871558
Posted By: lamarca
29-Oct-06 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: FSGW Getaway Guilty Pleasures
Subject: RE: FSGW Getaway Guilty Pleasures
Now, Bill, in my foggy memory, you used to have an Official "Purist Snob" T-shirt with the words written in silver glitter...

Bruce O. wouldn't haunt this workshop - he only objected to people who did pop-folk-processed versions of genuine traditional songs. I still remember the irate letter he wrote to the FSGW Board after a Cindy Kallet concert in which she and her friends sang (beautifully) Andy Stewart's version of "If I Was a Blackbird" and clearly demonstrated they were unaware of the traditional version. Bruce wrote a long screed about the FSGW hiring musicians who didn't know what a traditional song was. I was Secretary of the Board at the time, and got to write the "Thank-you -for-voicing-your-concerns" reply...

I'll light the fire,
You place the flowers
In the vase that you bought today...

Roland was a warrior from the Land of the Midnight Sun
With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray...

Oh, boys, take me back
I wanna ride in Geronimo's Cadillac
Oh, boys, I wanna see it for real
I wanna ride in Geronimo's automobile...

Pressed rat and Warthog have closed down their shop;
They didn't want to - was all that they got
Selling Aeternal Apples and Amplified Heat
And Pressed Rat's collection of Dogs' Legs and Feet...

Let me ride on the Wall of Death one more time,
Let me ride on the Wall of Death one more time;
You can waste your time on the other rides
This is the nearest to being alive;
Oh, let me take my chances on the Wall of Death!

So many songs, so little time...