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Thread #157386 Message #3715211
Posted By: Lighter
08-Jun-15 - 09:56 AM
Thread Name: Still wondering what's folk these days?
Subject: RE: Still wondering what's folk these days?
I was careful to say, "The last American (non-bawdy) songs to have been *subject to many changes in oral tradition*...."
Plus, "I can't think of even one 1920s pop song that is now a "folk song. Unless 'folk song' now means "very old song you rarely if ever hear anymore."
By that standard, "Purple People Eater" is a folksong. You can call it that if you want, but it just confuses the issue - as so many other threads have shown.
The English songs mentioned appear to fall into the category of "old, rarely sung songs that hardly change - and that people don't want to change." Undoubtedly some songs written today may be sung a century from now, and very possibly they'll be called "folk songs."
But they'll have almost *nothing* in common with the titles I mentioned. That in itself should show that the distinction is useful and real.