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Barrel Songs

Jack Blandiver 18 Dec 09 - 04:19 AM
Joe Offer 18 Dec 09 - 04:48 AM
steve in ottawa 18 Dec 09 - 05:43 AM
steve in ottawa 18 Dec 09 - 05:45 AM
breezy 18 Dec 09 - 06:38 AM
Susan of DT 18 Dec 09 - 06:52 AM
Dave Sutherland 18 Dec 09 - 07:26 AM
MGM·Lion 18 Dec 09 - 10:02 AM
Jack Blandiver 19 Dec 09 - 06:18 AM
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Subject: Barrel Songs
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 04:19 AM

Mention of The Unthanks Tar Barrel in Dale makes me ask myself - how many other barrel songs are there? Off the top of my weary head I can think of...

1) Bring Us a Barrel
2) Roll Out the Barrel
3) Barrel of Nails (Ivor Cutler)
4) - er -
5) That's it.

Any more???


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 04:48 AM

Oh, we ain't got a barrel of money.... (Side By Side, by Harry Woods)

Another good one was recorded by Pete Seeger: Barrel of Money Blues (Empty Pocket Blues)

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: steve in ottawa
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 05:43 AM

Does The Sick Note count?


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: steve in ottawa
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 05:45 AM

I see that one's offically called:

WHY PADDY'S NOT AT WORK TODAY (Excuse Note)


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: breezy
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:38 AM

'Barley Mow'

Barrel, the arf barrel,
gallon the arf gallon,
quart pot
pint pot
arf a pint
nippikin etc the etc

Good luck to the Barley Mow

happy Christmas

snow in The South east of England and Terry has left the building


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: Susan of DT
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:52 AM

72 hits on barrel in the DT


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:26 AM

Much of the action in the song "Campbell The Rover (Drover)" concerns a barrel.


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 10:02 AM

In several Child ballad analogues cited in the notes [to e.g. 'Young Waters'#94], a malefactor is agonisingly executed by being dragged along or rolled downhill in a barrel pierced by spikes or nails. The following stanza #8 actually occurs in #194, 'The Laird of Wariston', version B:

Word has gane to her father, the grit Dunipace,
And an angry man was he;
Cries, Gar mak a barrel of pikes,
And row her down some lea!

Not sure if this can be cited a a song - Bronson gives no tune for it. But presumably all the Child ballads will have been sung at some time, even if no tune attributed to some of them has survived?


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Subject: RE: Barrel Songs
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 06:18 AM

Thanks all; I am truly heartened by the response. Mustn't forget songs about Coopers either. Digitrad comes up with The Wee Cooper of Fife (Child #277) and The Cooper of Dundee - both charming wee songs. And I wonder could the kilderkin Phil Tanner sings of in his Gower Wassail be some sort a barrel too? You know, I think it just might...


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