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Thread #167183 Message #4028988
Posted By: Bill D
18-Jan-20 - 08:52 PM
Thread Name: What other people think - Best Folk Song
Subject: RE: What other people think - Best Folk Song
That song Jeri chose IS a fine pick. We heard Ed Miller sing it in Austin, Texas many years ago, and my wife wanted to learn it... (before the WWW). When Ed Miller came to the DC area, she requested it, and he sang it.. and carefully wrote it out long hand for her and explained the terminology. She is pretty good with getting foreign accents and pronunciation close, and The 51st Highlanders is not a song that translates well. It was important to her to do it as close to the original as possible... but even so, she only sang it in public when it was a knowledgeable folkie audience that would appreciate it. I haven't heard her sing it for years. There was much debate over the years as to the exact meaning, references and implications in the well-crafted lyrics.