The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #24796   Message #286629
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
28-Aug-00 - 02:04 PM
Thread Name: Who's Ewan MacColl?
Subject: RE: Who's Ewan MacColl?
Sorry John in Brisbane, but my money's on Catrin's account of where that song came from. I've heard your version before, but I also heard McColl several times introduce the song with the story Catrin has. He reckoned it was completed in less than 10 minutes, during the phone-call (she was in the States, he in England), and Peggy typed it up the same night. Peggy would be sitting beside him while he was saying all this, so I think it's true enough, or at least within normal poetic licence.

And Dan, let's not apologise for his politics! And don't you forget (I'm sure you don't) that there are still some without food and shelter in the midst of ridiculous wealth.