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Thread #37513 Message #3563027
Posted By: PHJim
30-Sep-13 - 08:56 PM
Thread Name: Sexist lyric? Change it or ....?
Subject: RE: Sexist lyric? Change it or ....?
When Ed McCurdy played at Cobourg, Ontario's Waterfront Festival, he handed out lyrics to Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream and pointed out that he had changed the line "And the room was filled with men" to "Filled with women and men".
When The Animals recorded House Of The Rising Sun, they changed the point of view from a woman trapped in a life of prostitution to a man trapped in a life of paying for sex. Not nearly as effective to my way of thinking. Many other male singers like Josh White, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Al Cromwell sang the song from the woman's point of view.