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Thread #23445 Message #2193580
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
14-Nov-07 - 11:50 AM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: RE: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Folk song usually had two roles, to inform and to entertain - hopefully both. The former quite frequently lost something to the latter, if only for the sake of holding the listener's attention. In matters more politic, the words often turned based on who was on the throne at the time, for example, or to use a familiar cliche, "whose ox was being gored." I learned about this "poetic license" many years ago, first-hand, from an eyewitness to the actual "Wreck of the Old 97." It's just an inevitable part of the process. That certainly doesn't diminish my love for the music.