The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34695   Message #469417
Posted By: GUEST,UB Dan
24-May-01 - 08:57 AM
Thread Name: Are folk lyrics ever 'wrong?'
Subject: RE: Are folk lyrics ever 'wrong?'
There is three reasons a song would be sung differently:
1. a singer could choose a song based on the way it was heard because they enjoyed it...(in one of the earlier examples, maybe "never saw my face" seemed so much deeper than "never saw my place")

2. a conscience decision to change lyrics to make them more appealing or relevant to the singer or audience.

3. a lack of knowledge of the "original" words.

Out of these reasons, I think only number 3 is bad...and then it is only bad if the singer is performing the song for others...if it is for their own enjoyment then it doesn't really matter.