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Thread #7890   Message #3326912
Posted By: matt milton
22-Mar-12 - 06:55 AM
Thread Name: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
Subject: RE: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
A propos of nothing more than this thread being resurrected... I was given Sam Henry's songs of the People for Christmas, having stuck it on my Amazon wishlist.

It's a great book. For about a week my head was stuffed full of quasi-psychedelic images of leaping salmon and dazzling colleens (often described in the songs as if they had lazer beams coming out their eyes). Reading the lyrics to song after song exhibiting that peculiarly verbose collision of O.T.T. classical Greek imagery with folksy pastoral fantasy makes for quite an assault on the senses. Like William Blake had been commissioned to run a Visit Ireland ad campaign for the tourist board.

Some amazing animal songs too.