The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2429   Message #9853
Posted By: Mountain Dog
30-Jul-97 - 11:06 AM
Thread Name: Harry Belafonte - Zombie Jamboree
Subject: RE: Harry Belafonte - Zombie Jamboree
Dear Pete and LaMarca,

My thanks to you both!

Pete, it's interesting to see what is clearly a later version of the song, including references to the Trade Center. Clearly, this one's been around the block and, like many forms of folk, has been modified to reflect the current singer's surroundings and experience. Thanks for the new lyrics.

LaMarca, thank you for the Lord Invader lead. I've got several collections of old calypso and ska recordings by artists with similarly boastful names. "Lord High Conqueror" comes to mind, for instance.

(I suspect that that name is a variation of "High John the Conqueror" which referred to - among other things - a herb used by the old "conjure wives" and voodoo practitioners in various concoctions...which very nearly brings us back to "Man Piabba", eh, mon?) Folk - and the folk that make it - are endlessly fascinating!