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Thread #168126 Message #4061849
Posted By: Richard Mellish
28-Jun-20 - 06:59 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Singing about hell, the devil, evil
Subject: RE: Folklore: Singing about hell, the devil, evil
One that I sing is the story of Jonas the Suffolk ploughboy, from Bob Roberts. Like Faust, Jonas sold his soul to the Devil and in the end was taken off to Hell. Introducing it, Bob said that it hasn't much of a chorus, more of a shout; and you need to shout when this song is sung to scare the Devil away, because otherwise he is apt to turn up when his name is mentioned -- hence the expression "Speak of the Devil".