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Happy, joyful song suggestions

Stower 23 Dec 09 - 10:23 AM
Bert 23 Dec 09 - 12:44 PM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Dec 09 - 11:27 PM
Stower 24 Dec 09 - 06:40 AM
MGM·Lion 24 Dec 09 - 06:52 AM
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Subject: Happy, joyful song suggestions
From: Stower
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 10:23 AM

A friend and audience member pointed out to me after a recent gig that nearly everything I sang was about something miserable. I honestly hadn't registered this. Then I recalled what I had sung about: overwork, an honour killing, dying for love, begging, a hanging song, unrequited love, lost love, etc. I tend to pepper my sets with 'happy' tunes, so it's not all relentless doom, but then I got to thinking ... I sing mainly English traditional: where are the happy, even joyful songs?

I do sing Limadie (I didn't do it that night) with the 'disapproving parents' verse missed out, just so it is a 100% happy love song. Could Mudcatters suggest any other traditional or 'in the tradition' songs that are simply celebrating something joyful? Preferably but not exclusively English, as that is what I tend to do (simply because it suits my style best), but anything will be considered.

Must go and look up some happy Copper family nature songs ...


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Subject: RE: Happy, joyful song suggestions
From: Bert
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 12:44 PM

Here's just a few.

Begone Dull Care
Lincolnshire Poacher
The Gnat
The Cornish Nightingale
The Country Vicar


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Subject: RE: Happy, joyful song suggestions
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 11:27 PM

Mockingbird Hill. When I sing it, I change 'tra la la twiddle ee dee dee to whistling because twiddle ee dee dee sounds so silly.


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Subject: RE: Happy, joyful song suggestions
From: Stower
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 06:40 AM

Bert, I can't find The Gnat in the DT. Is that another title for DT's The Hermit, or a different song? And the Cornish Nightingale: where might I find it?

Cheers
Stower


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Subject: RE: Happy, joyful song suggestions
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 06:52 AM

Various songs end with true love consummated in marriage, e.g. Come Write Me Down; or prospect of LTR like The Magdalene Green···


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