The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119745   Message #2599243
Posted By: wysiwyg
28-Mar-09 - 11:03 AM
Thread Name: Walk-on characters in songs.
Subject: RE: Walk-on characters in songs.
I think that at the time the songs were born, the characters that seem like walk-on's, now, probably represented rich meaning and, possibly, real people heavily involved in the story.

Songs, as poetry, have to be shorter than prose. So some names are mentioned, perhaps, for emphasis, only briefly-- just as, in much writing, a brevity may indicate emphasis rather than insignificance.

In our time, our hindsight is imperfect and the folk process also truncates verses, changes name spellings...

Etc etc etc....