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Thread #131360   Message #2968073
Posted By: The Sandman
18-Aug-10 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan Masters of war.
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan Masters of war.
wasnt this tune nottumun town?was the tune wriytten by Jean Ritchie?or was nottamun town a song coolected ONLYfrom the RITCHIE FAMILY?
"A piece of folksong surrealism," is how Jean describes "Nottamun Town," dreamlike in its disorienting juxtapositions: "Ten thousand stood around me, and yet I's alone...." The family could trace their knowledge of the song back to Crockett Ritchie; according to Uncle Jason, "'hit's might neart sure to be about Nottingham in Old England.'"

The song was likely a product of the early mummers' plays, in which local actors would blacken their faces and turn their clothing inside out to escape recognition. Bob Dylan was not only influenced by the song's jumble of mixed-up, fantastical lyrics... but also melodically, as he borrowed the tune for "Masters of War"