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Best 'homage' theft of folk tune

Thompson 19 Aug 09 - 03:47 PM
Thompson 19 Aug 09 - 04:07 PM
McGrath of Harlow 19 Aug 09 - 05:17 PM
Leadfingers 19 Aug 09 - 05:21 PM
McGrath of Harlow 19 Aug 09 - 05:27 PM
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Subject: Best 'homage' theft of folk tune
From: Thompson
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 03:47 PM

Entries now open for the best use of a traditional song for one's own nefarious purposes. I like this use of Carrickfergus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AIltYJ1mN0

and the use of The Last Rose of Summer in the Thai film Tears of the Black Tiger - can't find a clip online that uses it, but the film is well worth watching for its lurid Technicolor - very lovely - and its cheesy plotting.


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Subject: RE: Best 'homage' theft of folk tune
From: Thompson
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 04:07 PM

Hah, found the Tears of the Black Tiger bit - about halfway through
this clip


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Subject: RE: Best 'homage' theft of folk tune
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 05:17 PM

The slide show there for that Gallic rewrite of Carrickfetgus doesn't help much - but I like the way Joe Dassin sings it, it's not at all a bad set of lyrics:

Le vent s'engouffre dans ma valise
Et sur ma route il y a des trous
J'ai vu tant de rues, j'ai vu tant d'églises
Mais les plus belles étaient chez nous

Mon village est loin, à l'autre bout du monde
Et ma maison n'est plus qu'une chanson
Comme les neiges, mes rêves fondent
Buvons, mes frères, les vagabonds

Des Caraïbes aux Philippines
J'ai traîné ma carcasse un peu partout
Mais les chemins qui mènent à nos collines
Avaient des pierres douces à mes pieds nus

Mes camarades à l'autre bout du monde
C'est bien justice, m'ont oublié
Je leur adresse une colombe
Buvons, mes frères, à leur santé

Le vent s'engouffre dans ma valise
Pourtant la chance est souvent venue
Elle est bien brave, quoi qu'on en dise
Mais il ne faut pas trop dormir dessus

La pauvreté manque parfois de charme
Mais l'herbe est douce aux malheureux
Pas de discours et plus de larmes
Venez mes frères me dire adieu


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Subject: RE: Best 'homage' theft of folk tune
From: Leadfingers
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 05:21 PM

Just posted this in the 'Nouvea Folk Thread ! - Strong Man


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Subject: RE: Best 'homage' theft of folk tune
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 05:27 PM

Here's a Joe Dassin website with words of songs written or recorded by him. Died in 1980 it appears - I'd never heard of him, but he seems worth knowing about - born in New York the same year as me, and transplanted to France, thanks to McCarthyism, at the age of 12...


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