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Thread #24603   Message #282206
Posted By: Joe Offer
22-Aug-00 - 03:26 AM
Thread Name: Posting Lyrics PermaThread
Subject: Posting Lyrics
I think I'll call this a PermaThread (edited thread), and use it for guidelines on lyrics postings, as issues come up. Feel free to post messages to this thread, but be aware that information in this thread may be deleted or edited to make it serve as a permanent guide.
Lately, it seems that a misconception has arisen, and people have been avoiding the posting of lyrics for various reasons.
The official Mudcat lyrics posting policy is this: Post 'em!

Generally, if you have lyrics that somebody who visits Mudcat might like to have, you should post them here and not just post a link to their locations. Other sites may pass away, but we intend to keep this one going. If the lyrics are posted here, they'll show up in a Mudcat search - so they'll be very easy to find if somebody askes for them again. We do ask that you do a quick search of the database and Forum before you post lyrics - it's usually better if lyrics are posted only once.

Remember - links to lyrics are nice - but it's nicer to post the lyrics.
Here are the Standard Mudcat Lyrics Posting Instructions (as always, subject to change):
We'd love to have any folk lyrics you'd like to post at the Mudcat Cafe. All lyrics that are submitted stay in the forum, and people can find them using our search engines. Many of the lyrics are also "harvested" and included in the Digital Tradition Folk Song Database, which now has lyrics for some 8,500 songs (you can access the database in the blue DigiTrad search box you find on most Mudcat pages).
If you'd like to post a song, first check that database to see whether it's already there or not. The Mudcat FAQ has instructions for posting songs - the most important thing for format is to put a
line break in every line and in the blank lines between stanzas, so the words don't get all squashed together. Make sure you put the lyrics in a thread that has a title that's related to the song (like an ongoing thread that's collecting train songs, if that's appropriate; or a thread you start that has the song title as the title of the thread.). The SUBJECT line for the message with the lyrics should include this information:
LYRICS ADD: title of song here

Ideally, you should follow the Digital Tradition Format: Yes, there are copyright questions, but we leave it to the operators of the Digital Tradition to deal with them. In the meantime, we ask people to feel free to post whatever lyrics they'd like in the Mudcat Forum - keeping in mind that we are primarily a folk and blues site.

-Joe Offer, Sacramento, California-