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Thread #48724   Message #733255
Posted By: GUEST,greg stephens
19-Jun-02 - 07:06 PM
Thread Name: Discussion: Love Affair With Trains
Subject: RE: Discussion: Love Affair With Trains
Yes, we have modern English train songs, but they tend to be nostalgic looks on the good old days of steam. Ewan mcColl certainly tried to inject the note of romance( wonderfullywell ) into the "Ballad of John Axon", but that again was a revivalist take on the past, not a glorious contemporary celebration the new technology that we find running through a huge volume of American material. My point is that the many contemporaryEnglish celebrations of the early days of railways completely failed to enter public consciousness in any longterm way.They just werent connected to the zeitgeist, they never became folksongs, or however you would like to put it.