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'Conversation' songs

Gda Music 10 Feb 18 - 03:49 PM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 18 - 01:52 PM
GUEST,henryp 10 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM
GUEST,henryp 09 Feb 18 - 10:12 AM
GUEST,henryp 08 Feb 18 - 08:28 AM
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Jim Carroll 30 Jan 18 - 06:07 AM
Gutcher 30 Jan 18 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,henryp 30 Jan 18 - 03:34 AM
Joe Offer 30 Jan 18 - 03:27 AM
GUEST,henryp 30 Jan 18 - 03:08 AM
Tattie Bogle 28 Jan 18 - 04:33 PM
Jim Dixon 28 Jan 18 - 03:41 PM
GUEST,henryp 27 Jan 18 - 05:47 PM
wysiwyg 27 Jan 18 - 05:36 PM
Jim Dixon 27 Jan 18 - 05:29 PM
GUEST,Ken Brock 27 Jan 18 - 03:00 PM
Jim Dixon 27 Jan 18 - 11:00 AM
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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Gda Music
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 03:49 PM

Both sides of an old 78 from Barbados.

MELODISC 1164 ---- *Dividing of the Cricket Spoils*
with ....Brothers Christophor & Batson in conversation.

https://youtu.be/lIBV0P1LZZw

GJ


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 01:52 PM

The Beggar's Opera by John Gay 1728
Act I, Scene xiii, Air XVI??Over the Hills, and Far Away?

Macheath. Were I laid on Greenland?s coast,
And in my arms embraced my lass,
Warm amidst eternal frost,
Too soon the half-year?s night would pass.
Polly. Were I sold on Indian soil,
Soon as the burning day was closed,
I could mock the sultry toil
When on my charmer?s breast reposed.
Mac. And I would love you all the day,
Polly. Every night would kiss and play,
Mac. If with me you?d fondly stray
Polly. Over the hills, and far away.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 06:05 AM

Did You Ever? Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood

Did you ever?
Not so much, that you could notice
Could you estimate how many?
8 or 9
Will you do it anymore?
As soon as you walk out the door
Well I just wondered, did you ever?
All the time


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Feb 18 - 10:12 AM

Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? Lyrics by Woody Guthrie

Who's gonna shoe your pretty little feet?
Who's gonna glove your hand?
Who's gonna kiss your red, ruby lips?
Who's gonna be your man?

Papa's gonna shoe my pretty little feet
Mama's gonna glove my hand
Sister's gonna kiss my red, ruby lips
I don't need no man


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 08:28 AM

If I Didn't Have You by Randy Newman

If I were a rich man With a million or two
I'd live in a penthouse in a room with a view
And if I were handsome, (No way! It could happen!) 'cause dreams do come true
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you

For years I have envied (You green with it) your grace and your charm
Everyone loves you, you know (Yes, I know, I know, I know)
But I must admit it (big guy) you always come through
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you

This was heard over the end credits of the 2001 Disney·Pixar animated film, Monsters, Inc. Sung by John Goodman and Billy Crystal (voices of James P. Sullivan and Mike Wazowski respectively), the song won the 2001 Academy Award for Best Original Song, Randy Newman's first Oscar.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Feb 18 - 10:23 AM

Yes, My Darling Daughter

Mother, may I go out dancing? Yes, my darling daughter
Mother, may I try romancing? Yes, my darling daughter
What if there's a moon, Mama darling, and it's shining on the water
Mother, must I keep on dancing? Yes, my darling daughter
What if he'll propose, Mama darling, when the night is growing shorter?
Mother, what should be my answer? Yes, my darling daughter

Songwriter: Jack Lawrence


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Feb 18 - 06:40 AM

Anchorage by Michelle Shocked

And what a glorious sound to the record!


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Feb 18 - 07:28 AM

LAVENDER'S BLUE

Lavender's blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender's green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so

A version was printed in England between 1672 and 1685. Another version was featured in the 1949 Walt Disney film So Dear to My Heart, sung by Burl Ives. This was nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1949, but lost to "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE" from Neptune's Daughter.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 02 Feb 18 - 06:46 AM

Also see the thread;

Humorous male/female duets (songs)


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 06:31 AM

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME
Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren

Her: Oh doctor, I'm in trouble.
Him: Well, goodness gracious me.
Her: For every time a certain man
Is standing next to me.
Him: Mmm?
Her: A flush comes to my face
And my pulse begins to race,
It goes boom boody-boom boody-boom boody-boom
Boody-boom boody-boom boody-boom-boom-boom,
Him: Oh!
Her: Boom boody-boom boody-boom boody-boom
Him: Well, goodness gracious me.

The song was conceived and instigated by George Martin, who was the producer at that time of Peter Sellers's comedy recordings. Martin commissioned David Lee and Herbert Kretzmer to write the song. Martin himself produced the recording.

Martin envisaged the song as a recording to be incorporated in the soundtrack of the film The Millionairess which was being filmed at that time starring Sellers and Loren.

However, the film's producers did not share his enthusiasm for including the song in the film's soundtrack and did not utilize it. The studio was however happy to see the song released as a stand-alone single to promote the film. In becoming a chart hit it succeeded in publicizing the film.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 06:19 AM

Martin Carthy sings HIGH GERMANY

?Oh Polly love, oh Polly, the rout has now begun,
And we must go a-marching to the beating of the drum.
Go dress yourself all in your best and come along with me;
I'll take you to the war, my love, in High Germany.?

?Oh Willy love, oh Willy, come list what I do say,
My feet they are so tender, I cannot march away.
And besides, my dearest Willy, I am with child by thee,
Not fitted for the war, my love, in High Germany.?

From Mainly Norfolk


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 06:11 AM

JACKSON

We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around,
Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson. Look out Jackson town.

Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.
Go play your hand you big-talkin' man, make a big fool of yourself,
Yeah, go to Jackson; go comb your hair!
Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson. See if I care.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jan 18 - 06:07 AM

Longest conversation song ever True LOVER'S DISCUSSION
The performance we recorded from a seventy-year-old Irish farmer lasts for fifteen minutes
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Gutcher
Date: 30 Jan 18 - 05:49 AM

"Annies Tryst"---

                note:- try rhymes with die and the word is not trist as   
                those who have taken the gentility would have it.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 30 Jan 18 - 03:34 AM

Good morning, Joe.

Where Are You Going, My Pretty Maid?
Nursery Rhyme

Where are you going, my pretty maid?
I'm going a milking, sir, she said.
May I go with you, my pretty maid?
You're kindly welcome, sir, she said.
What is your fortune, my pretty maid?
My face is my fortune, sir, she said.
Then I won't marry you, my pretty maid.
Nobody asked you, sir, she said.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Jan 18 - 03:27 AM

Up above, Jim Dixon mentioned "TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE," by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. Loesser did a lot of conversation songs with one person singing over the other - "BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE" was mentioned above, but not tied to Loesser. His ultimate conversation song was "FUGUE FOR TINHORNS" from Guys and Dolls (I got the horse right here).


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 30 Jan 18 - 03:08 AM

BIG STEAMERS

Words Rudyard Kipling, Music Peter Bellamy, Singing The Wilsons

?Oh, where are you going to, all you Big Steamers,
With England's own coal, up and down the salt seas??
?We are going to fetch you your bread and your butter,
Your beef, pork, and mutton, eggs, apples, and cheese.?


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 Jan 18 - 04:33 PM

HUNTINGTOWER: don't think it's been mentioned so far.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'LL BE YOUR SAN ANTONE ROSE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jan 18 - 03:41 PM

David C. Carter mentioned this on 9-May-2011:


I'LL BE YOUR SAN ANTONE ROSE
Written by Susanna Clark
As recorded by Emmylou Harris on "Luxury Liner" (1977)

If they'll play another love song,
If that Miller High Life sign stays dim,
And if you'll keep my glass full of whiskey,
I'll whisper words I wish I'd said to him.

Just ask me to dance all the slow ones.
Hold me close and take me 'cross the floor.
I'll gently lay my head on your shoulder,
And pretend this never happened before.

CHORUS: I don't want to hear a sad story.
We both already know how it goes;
But if tonight you'll be my tall dark stranger,
I'll be your San Antone Rose.

Well, I wish I could tell you I love you,
And I wish that he weren't always on my mind.
If wishes were fast trains to Texas,
Oh, I'd ride and I'd ride; how I'd ride! CHORUS

[Also recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker and Carole King on Walker's album "Too Old to Change" (1979). They make it into a conversation duet by changing some of the pronouns, e.g. "I'll keep your glass full of whiskey" and "I'll be your tall dark stranger".]


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 27 Jan 18 - 05:47 PM

ACROSS THE BLUE MOUNTAINS...to the Allegheny


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Jan 18 - 05:36 PM

"YOU'RE THE REASON OUR KIDS ARE UGLY."


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUE EYES (Shel Silverstein)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jan 18 - 05:29 PM

BLUE EYES
As recorded by Shel Silverstein (and a female vocalist unknown to me) on "Inside Folk Songs" (1962)

--I see you're all alone,
Sittin' at the bar.
Can I sit down beside you, blue eyes?

--Well you see, my boyfriend just went into the washroom,
And he'll be right back,
And he's seven feet tall,
And he always carries a gun.

--Ah, well, if I beat up your boyfriend,
And I take away his gun,
And I sit down beside you,
Can I buy you a drink, blue eyes?

--I'm drinking Piper-Heidseick champagne that costs thirty-five dollars a bottle.

--Ah, well, if I beat up your boyfriend
And I take away his gun,
And I sit down beside you,
And I buy a bottle of thirty-five-dollar Piper-Heidseick champagne,
Can I drive you home, blue eyes?

--I live in Philadelphia.

--Ah, well, if I beat up your boyfriend,
And I take away his gun,
And I sit down beside you,
And I buy a thirty-five-dollar bottle of Piper-Heidseick champagne,
And I drive you to Philadelphia,
Can I walk you to the door, blue eyes?

--There's a big moat around my house,
And it's full of crocodiles and alligators,
And there's a terrible undertow.

--Ah, well, if I beat up your boyfriend,
And I take away his gun,,
And I sit down beside you,
And I buy a thirty-five-dollar bottle of Piper-Heidseick champagne,
And I drive you to Philadelphia,
And I swim across the moat,
And I avoid the crocodiles and the alligators,
And I don't get sunk by the undertow,
Will you ask me to come in, blue eyes?

--Well, you see, it's very late,
And my mother's probably waiting up for me,
And I think she washed the floor,
And it's covered with newspapers,
And besides, we got this big dog that whenever a stranger comes in, he starts to bark and bite you,
And my father's worried about paying off the mortgage on the house,
Which will cost five thousand three hundred twenty-two dollars,
And it's very late,
And I've got to wash my hair,
And I have to get up very early for...

--You don't... You don't really... You don't really want me to take you home, do you?

--Well, you see, it's very late,
And my mother's probably waiting up for me,
And I think she....

--You see... Wait, wait, wait... You don't... You don't really... You don't really want me to take you home.

--Well, you see, it's very late,
And my mother's probably....

--You don't... You don't really like me, do you? You don't really care about me.

--Well, you see, it's very late...

--Never mind. Forget it.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 27 Jan 18 - 03:00 PM

FATHER AND SON by Cat Stevens


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Subject: Lyr Add: I NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS (Waits/Midler)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jan 18 - 11:00 AM

I NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS
As recorded by Tom Waits and Bette Midler on Midler's album "Broken Blossom" (1977)
and on Waits' album "Used Songs" (2001)

[W] Stop me if you've heard this one,
But I feel as though we've met before.
Perhaps I am mistaken.
[M] But it's just that I remind you of
Someone you used to care about.
Oh, but that was long ago.
Now, tell me: do you really think I'd fall for that old line?
I was not born just yesterday.
Besides, I never talk to strangers anyway.

[W] Hell, I ain't a bad guy when you get to know me.
I just thought there ain't no harm.
[M] Hey, yeah, just try minding your own business, bud.
Who asked you to annoy me
With your sad, sad repartee?
Besides, I never talk to strangers anyway.

Your life's a dime-store novel.
This town is full of guys like you,
And you're looking for someone to take the place of her.
[W] You must be reading my mail,
And you're bitter cause he left you.
That's why you're drinking in this bar.
[Both] Well, only suckers fall in love with perfect strangers.

[M] It always takes one to know one, stranger.
[W] Maybe we're just wiser now.
[M] Yeah, and been around the block so many times
[W] That we don't notice
[Both] That we're all just perfect strangers
As long as we ignore
That we all begin as strangers
Just before we find
We really aren't strangers anymore.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NOCH A GLEZELE TEY (Yiddish)
From: Joe_F
Date: 24 Aug 17 - 10:01 PM

Here are a couple of related threads:

Lyr Req: Conversation songs between man and woman
Humorous male/female duets

-- in both of which I mention "Noch a glezele tey" (Another little cup of tea), a Yiddish conversation-song that I never got around to posting. It's about time:

NOCH A GLEZELE TEY
Words & music by M. Gebirtig

Berele mayn libinker, ch'ob tus dir a bakoshe.
-- Perele mayn libinke, vos iz day bakoshe?
-- Ven mit mazl ich vel hobn a yingele in freydn,
Vil ich undzer kind zol heysn noch may frumen zeydn.
-- Farvos epis noch dayn zeydn? Ch'ob doch oych a deye.
Host doch ersht gehat a meydl noch dayn bobe leye.

Berele, mayn manele, ch'vil dich epes dermonen.
-- Perele, mayn vaybele, vos vilstu mich dermonen?
-- Du fargest, az undzer leybke heyst shoyn noch dayn zeydn,
Farvos kloybstu zich di yungen, varfst mir tsu di meydn?
-- Un du fargest az noch dayn tatn heyst doch undzer nochem,
Er iz derfar in im gerotn -- nisht kayn groyser chochem.

Berele, mayn tayerer, ch'vil dir epes zogn.
-- Perele, mayn tayere, vos vilstu mir zogn?
-- Vos-zhe darf men itst zich krign, lomir nor delebn,
Vel ich davke noch mayn zeydn s'kind a nomen gebn.
-- Vos-zhe take itst zich grign, un umzist tsu reydn,
Efsher vet gor zayn a tsviling -- s'ken gor zayn tsvey meydn.

Translation:

Berele, my dear, I've a favor to ask of you.
-- Perele, my darling, what is it you want?
With God's will, when I give birth to a little boy,
I'd like to name him after my pious grandfather.
-- After your grandfather? It seems to me
That we just named one of our girls after your grandmother Leah.

Berele, dear husband, let me remind you now
-- Perele, dear wife, what do you wish to remind me of?
You forgot that our son Leybke bears _your_ grandfather's name.
Why do you pick all the boys and leave the girls for me?
-- But you forget that our Nochem was named after _your_ father.
Perhaps that's why he's not so smart, since he takes after him.

Berele, my dear one, I want to tell you something.
-- Perele, my darling, what do you want to say?
-- Why must we quarrel now? We might as well wait,
Since I intend to name the child after my grandfather anyway.
-- True, there's no point in arguing so much ahead of time.
Perhaps it will be twins at that, and both of them girls.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 23 Aug 17 - 07:22 PM

THE FLYTING O' LIFE AND DAITH (Hamish Henderson)
\ THE SLANGING-MATCH OF LIFE AND DEATH 

thread, with English translation
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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: michaelr
Date: 23 Aug 17 - 06:38 PM

Dylan, "BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER".


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Gda Music
Date: 23 Aug 17 - 04:45 PM

MELODISC 1164 - (78) A Caribbean conversation.
Brothers Christefor & Batson from Barbados.

*Dividing of the cricket spoils*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIBV0P1LZZw

GJ


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 03:25 PM

Lolly Too Dum (contains a little narration)


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 03:08 AM

Morning Dew
written and recorded by Bonnie Dobson (also recorded by the Dead).


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 03:05 AM

Leon Rosselson's Across the Hills recorded by the Ian Campbell Folk Group and others.


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Subject: Lyr Add: COME UNDER MY PLAIDIE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Aug 17 - 11:40 PM

This is a more complete version than the one posted by Indy Lass above. Note that it has 2 more verses, and in them, we get to see how Johnny feels about the matter. And, of course, the spelling is different.

From The Pocket Encyclopedia of Scottish, English, and Irish Songs, Vol. 1 (Glasgow: Andrew & James Duncan, 1816), page 61:


COME UNDER MY PLAIDIE.
Tune?"Johnnie Macgill."

Come under my plaidie, the night's gaun to fa';
Come in frae the cauld blast, the drift and the snaw;
Come under my plaidie, and sit down beside me;
There's room in't, dear lassie! believe me, for twa.
Come under my plaidie, and sit down beside me,
I'll hap ye frae ev'ry cauld blast that can blaw:
Come under my plaidie, and sit down beside me,
There's room in't, dear lassie! believe me, for twa.

Gae 'wa wi' your plaidie! auld Donald, gae 'wa,
I fear na the cauld blast, the drift, nor the snaw;
Gae 'wa wi' your plaidie! I'll no sit beside ye;
Ye might be my gutcher:?auld Donald, gae 'wa,
I'm gaun to meet Johnnie, he's young and he's bonnie;
He's been at Meg's bridal, fu' trig and fu' braw!
O nane dances sae lightly, sae gracefu', sae tightly,
His cheek's like the new rose, his brow's like the snaw!

Dear Marion, let that flee stick fast to the wa',
Your Jock's but a gowk, and has naething ava;
The hale o' his pack he has now on his back;
He's thretty, and I am but threescore and twa.
Be frank now and kin'ly, I'll busk ye aye finely;
To kirk or to market they'll few gang sae braw;
A bien house to bide in, a chaise for to ride in,
And flunkies to 'tend ye as aft as ye ca'.

My father ay tauld me, my mither and a',
Ye'd mak a gude husband, and keep me ay braw;
It's true I loo Johnnie, he's young and he's bonnie,
But, waes me, I ken, he has naething ava!
1 hae little tocher, ye've made a gude offer;
I'm nae mair than twenty; my time is but sma'!
Sae gie me your plaidie, I'll creep in beside ye,
I thought ye'd been aulder than threescore and twa!

She crap in ayont him, beside the stane wa',
Whare Johnnie was list'ning, and heard her tell a':
The day was appointed!?his proud heart it dunted,
And strack 'gainst his side as if bursting in twa.
He wander'd hame wearie, the night it was drearie,
And, thowless, he tint his gate 'mang the deep snaw:
The howlet was screamin', while Johnnie cried, Women
Wad marry auld Nick if he'd keep-them ay braw.

O the deil's in the lasses! they gang now sae braw,
They'll lie down wi' auld men o' fourscore and twa;
The hale o' their marriage is gowd and a carriage;
Plain love is the cauldest blast now that can blaw.
Auld dotards, be wary! tak tent wha ye marry,
Young wives wi' their coaches they'll whup and they'll ca',
Till they meet wi' some Johnnie that's youthfu' and bonnie,
And they'll gie ye a horn on ilk haffet to claw.

[You can see a tune for this song in The Songs of Scotland without Words for the Pianoforte edited by J. T. Surenne (Edinburgh: Wood and Co., 1803), page 76.]


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 09 May 11 - 04:51 PM

MATTY GROVES is a three-way. (Conversation)


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 09 May 11 - 04:33 AM

The use of dialogue to advance the story is, of course, one of the main conventions of the ballad form; sometimes almost to the exclusion or near-exclusion of other elements [THE MAID FREED FROM THE GALLOWS, THE UNQUIET GRAVE], & almost invariably present to some extent. So there is no need for what appear to be 'conversation' songs, like THE SAUCY SAILOR, which surely derive from this convention, to be sung as duets ~~ tho, of course, they can be, most effectively: especially if explicitly conceived in such a form, as with HUSBANDMAN AND SERVINGMAN.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: David C. Carter
Date: 09 May 11 - 03:45 AM

Dylan's...CLOTHES LINE SAGA

I'LL BE YOUR SAN ANTONE ROSE....Jerry Jeff Walker & Carole King.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 08 May 11 - 04:33 PM

Saucy Sailor.. English Trad.   Saucy Sailor is rarely performed by male/female nowadays... mostly by females but it is supposed to be a conversation song..... The link is to Steeleye Spans version. Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Amber
Date: 08 May 11 - 10:08 AM

THE CHERRY TREE CAROL (Mary, Joseph and our unborn Saviour), BONNIE LASS OF FYVIE, O.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Darowyn
Date: 08 May 11 - 04:20 AM

"GREEK LIGHTNING" by Jez Lowe from the "Bede Weeps" Album.

"I watched as you fell,
into booze, bloody bad temper and hell.
But always you managed to win me with talk of Greek lightning"

There are some brilliant lines in this song.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Amber
Date: 07 May 11 - 04:19 PM

THE UNQUIET GRAVE.

SOLDIER, SOLDIER, WILL YOU MARRY ME?


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: breezy
Date: 07 May 11 - 03:54 PM

Bob Dylan's BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: breezy
Date: 07 May 11 - 06:26 AM

Stan Rogers' THE LOCK KEEPER.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 07 May 11 - 05:32 AM

"WALTZ FOR EVA AND CHE" and "I'd be Surprisingly Good For You" from "Evita".


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 08:06 PM

Try "KEYS OF CANTERBURY"

Oh madam I will give to you the keys of Canterbury,
And all the bells of London Town shall ring to make you merry,
If you will be my joy, my sweet and only dear,
And walk along with me anywhere.

Oh, sir, I'll not accept of you the keys of Canterbury,
Nor all the bells of London town shall ring to make me merry,
And I'll not be your joy, your sweet and only dear,
Nor walk along with you anywhere.

Goes on rather like "Paper of Pins", and of course it's the dosh she wants. A nice tune in Am.

Let me know if you want the whole thing and I'll knock it out for you. Might even be in the DT, I've not had time to look.

Best
Don T.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 01:25 AM

Just remembered... BANKS OF THE NILE.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 12:01 AM

Well, lessee now.
There's "REUBEN AND RACHEL". And dozens and dozens of variations of "the
TOPMAN AND AFTERGUARD" (you know, the one with the refrain of "May the devil double double damn him, said the sailor, 'Amen'"

Cand can we forget "(Bollocky or) BARNACLE BILL THE SAILOR"?


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 08:44 PM

JOHN RILEY (another broken token-type song)

The Broken Token, Mike Agranoff's hilarious take-off on broken token songs (you can hear him sing a bit of it if you go to CDBaby).

The last couple of verses of the Gypsy Davey song(s), where the husband asks the wayward wife "What about your goosefeather bed," etc & she responds "I'd rather sleep on the cold, cold ground," etc.

JOHNNY BE FAIR has a conversation between a daughter & her father, then the daughter & her mother.

Then there are all the riddle songs:
I gave my love a cherry that had no stone...
Where have you been, Billy boy, Billy boy...
Tumbalalaika
to mention just a few...


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 01:44 AM

Oh, No Joe!

How can you give an obsolete link for Oh, No John!

Not amused
Wilfried ;-)


P.S.This one?
And that


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 01:38 AM

In A-Roving on a Winter's Night there is the stanza:
And it's who's gonna shoe your pretty little foot
And who's gonna glove your little hand
And who's gonna kiss your red ruby lips
Who's gonna be your man.

This is also in a song which I couldn't find in the DT:
1. Wo's gonna shoe your pretty little foot.
Who's gonna glove your hand,
Who's gonna kiss your red ruby lips,
Who's gonna be your man.

2. Papa's gonna shoe my pretty little foot,
Mama's gonna glove my hand,
Sister's gonna kiss my red ruby lips,
I don't need no man.

3. The longest train I ever saw
Was a hundred coaches long,
The only woman I ever saw
Was on this train and gone.

A rather short conversation!.


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 31 Mar 05 - 01:22 AM

Der Blaue Storch = The Blue Stork seemingly consists of two songs put together:
1. Discussion between a hunter and a farm girl
2. Discussion between the girl and her mother.
It is a German folksong from the Renaissance which I translated for the Eurogathering 2004.

Sing and enjoy
Wilfried


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Subject: RE: 'Conversation' songs
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 02:01 PM

That was me, coming in through Mudcat's back door, and forgetting that I had to identify myself.


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