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Thread #23445   Message #510823
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
19-Jul-01 - 07:52 PM
Thread Name: Distortion of History in Folk Song
Subject: RE: Distortion of History in Folk Song
??Did I do that? I must be posting in my sleep. No harm, this was a good thread anyway.

History is written by the winners - but the best songs tend to be written by the losers. I think that applies in lots of places.

The South seems to have produced the best remembered songs in the American Civil War so far as I can see. And the slaves produced better songs than the slaveowners. And the workers have better songs than the bosses.

Even when you end up winning, the best songs are from the time before then. "There'll be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover..."