The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #167183   Message #4028950
Posted By: Bill D
18-Jan-20 - 02:45 PM
Thread Name: What other people think - Best Folk Song
Subject: RE: What other people think - Best Folk Song
None of the ones on that list except a couple by Tom Paxton and "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle" rank in a 'favorite' list for me. Of course, I know & sing Wildwood Flower, but there are so many songs, both trad & pop-folk, that I **like** better... that any list I compile... if I could even sort it down to fewer than several hundred, would include stuff that that survey doesn't seem to be aware of.
   I see nothing by Utah Phillips on the list, and he'd have 3-4 in my top 100. "Goodnight-Loving Trail" "Enola Gay" "Yuba City" and "The Telling Takes Me Home" come to mind immediately... and I get LOTS of milage from sneaking in "Aces, Straights & Flushes" on a new group of listeners.

I am reminded of the Bob Zentz song My Favorite Song

"You ask me to sing my favorite song, well I guess you don’t understand (C-F-C-Am-F-G-C)

I’ve been up here pickin’ all night long, while you play stump the band (C-F-C-Am-F-G-C-C7)

But I call ‘em as I see ‘em, and I see ‘em all the time (F-C-Am-F-G)
And any song I sing for you is a favorite song of mine (C-G-C-F-C-G-C)

    I wouldn’t sing ‘em if I didn’t like ‘em, I wouldn’t like ‘em if I didn’t care.
   I wouldn’t care if you didn’t listen, but there’s a lot of good songs out there
    Some songs are just like the people I know, some people like the songs I sing.
    And I never sang a song that I didn’t love, or no song that didn’t love me"