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Thread #128093   Message #2864408
Posted By: Charley Noble
15-Mar-10 - 08:29 AM
Thread Name: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
Subject: Lyr Add: THE FOLK SONG ARMY (Tom Lehrer)

Interesting project.

What on earth is this one doing on your list; it seems marginal at best to me:

Folk Song Army,The             TOM LEHRER,      Tom Lehrer

Charley Noble

Subject: RE: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
From: GeoffLawes - PM
Date: 15 Mar 10 - 09:49 AM

Yes Charlie, it is marginal in terms of its musical genre. But it does,I think,give an interesting critical perception of the impact of the SCW on popular culture in the post SCW period. And it is about folk music.

The Folk Song Army
By Tom Lehrer

We are the folk song army.
Everyone of us cares.
We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
Unlike the rest of you squares.

There are innocuous folk songs.
Yeah, but we regard 'em with scorn.
The folks who sing 'em have no social conscience.
Why they don't even care if jimmy crack corn.

If you feel dissatisfaction,
Strum your frustrations away.
Some people may prefer action,
But give me a folk song any old day.

The tune don't have to be clever,
And it don't matter if you put a coupla extra syllables into a line.
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English,
And it don't even gotta rhyme--excuse me--rhyne.

Remember the war against Franco?
That's the kind where each of us belongs.
Though he may have won all the battles,
We had all the good songs.

So join in the Folk Song Army,
Guitars are the weapons we bring
To the fight against poverty, war, and injustice.
Ready! aim! sing!

If nothing else this thread is bound to prove that 'we had all the good songs'- so it might be considered the thread's theme tune?

TOM LEHRER -Wikipedia
The Folk Song Army by Tom Lehrer
Regards, Geoff