Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

Post to this Thread - Printer Friendly - Home
Page: [1] [2] [3]


Great folk song lyrics

Elmore 22 Dec 11 - 11:54 AM
Sandy Mc Lean 22 Dec 11 - 11:38 AM
CET 21 Dec 11 - 08:48 PM
Joe_F 21 Dec 11 - 08:13 PM
CET 21 Dec 11 - 07:01 PM
CET 21 Dec 11 - 06:40 PM
Tootler 23 Apr 10 - 05:41 PM
meself 23 Apr 10 - 11:34 AM
sharyn 23 Apr 10 - 10:21 AM
Joe_F 22 Apr 10 - 06:09 PM
GUEST,mg 22 Apr 10 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,mg 22 Apr 10 - 02:13 PM
MGM·Lion 22 Apr 10 - 12:10 AM
GUEST,mg 21 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM
mkebenn 21 Apr 10 - 04:23 PM
GUEST,mg 21 Apr 10 - 03:28 PM
GUEST,Jon Dudley 21 Apr 10 - 04:39 AM
GUEST,CAP 21 Apr 10 - 04:15 AM
frogprince 20 Apr 10 - 10:05 PM
frogprince 20 Apr 10 - 09:58 PM
deepdoc1 20 Apr 10 - 05:40 PM
MGM·Lion 20 Apr 10 - 03:11 PM
GUEST,Guest -Jon 20 Apr 10 - 07:04 AM
GUEST,Peter G 20 Apr 10 - 05:47 AM
Sailor Ron 19 Apr 10 - 11:30 AM
ichMael 18 Apr 10 - 11:02 PM
Bert 18 Apr 10 - 09:22 PM
GUEST,Vicki Kelsey 18 Apr 10 - 09:15 PM
GUEST,Russ 17 Apr 10 - 09:17 PM
Joe_F 17 Apr 10 - 06:25 PM
PHJim 17 Apr 10 - 12:52 PM
PHJim 17 Apr 10 - 12:49 PM
PHJim 17 Apr 10 - 12:40 PM
PHJim 17 Apr 10 - 12:38 PM
GUEST,Seonaid 16 Apr 10 - 06:40 PM
mkebenn 16 Apr 10 - 05:22 PM
Tootler 16 Apr 10 - 03:55 PM
mkebenn 16 Apr 10 - 03:47 PM
MGM·Lion 16 Apr 10 - 05:44 AM
Dave the Gnome 16 Apr 10 - 05:35 AM
Commander Crabbe 16 Apr 10 - 05:19 AM
MGM·Lion 16 Apr 10 - 12:38 AM
Commander Crabbe 15 Apr 10 - 11:22 PM
Tootler 15 Apr 10 - 02:57 PM
Amos 15 Apr 10 - 02:44 PM
TonyA 15 Apr 10 - 02:38 PM
GUEST,Phil B 15 Apr 10 - 07:11 AM
Commander Crabbe 14 Apr 10 - 09:37 PM
Joe_F 14 Apr 10 - 06:28 PM
CET 14 Apr 10 - 12:13 PM
Share Thread
more
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:













Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Elmore
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 11:54 AM

I was born this way, I had no choice, I was born with the gift of a golden voice. Leonard Cohen


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 22 Dec 11 - 11:38 AM

"Some will rob you with a six-gun; some with a fountain pen" (Woody Guthrie)

" Hard times then; it seemed they'd never end,
But we fought like hell and we lived to tell of the hard times once again" (Rick Fielding)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: CET
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 08:48 PM

"Derriere chez nous y a désert" should read "Derriere chez nous y a un désert"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 08:13 PM

Va dire a mes amis
Que je me souviens d'eux.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: CET
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 07:01 PM

The CBC show was "A propos".

If anybody can post the lyrics or a link where I can find them I would be grateful. I've just spent a few fruitless minutes Googling for them.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: CET
Date: 21 Dec 11 - 06:40 PM

As I was driving to the airport in Fredericton, New Brunswick I came across this song on the CBC. I forget the name of the show. It's the one hosted by Jim Corcoran, that features music from French Canada - Canadian catters might know the one I mean. The song is "Rentrer chez nous", by David Portelance, and sung by Fred Pellerin. It absolutely knocked me for a loop. It's beautifully sung, which helps, and the words go straight to the heart. There is a very strong link to traditional music in the opening lyrics to each verse: "Derriere chez nous il y a...", which is a floating line in more than one traditional song. I particularly like the last words of the song:

"Derriere chez nous y a désert
Ou j'vas planter un peu d'amour"

Check it out on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4FTAJ34H6w

(For the umpteenth time I have followed the blue clicky instructions and they don't work)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Tootler
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 05:41 PM

Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow,
The small raine down can raine.
Cryst, if my love were in my armes
And I in my bedde again!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: meself
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 11:34 AM

She put her arms around me like a circle 'round the sun.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: sharyn
Date: 23 Apr 10 - 10:21 AM

This old hammer ring like silver,
Shine like gold, shine like gold

I ha'n't had a knife since I can remember.

When Father Adam and Mother Eve
Did eat of the forbidden tree-O
Whaur was all your gentry then?
I'm just as guid as thee-O

What's the life of a man any more than a leaf?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Joe_F
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 06:09 PM

It's luve for luve that I hae got,
Luve for luve again,
So turn your high horse heid about,
And we will ride for hame, bonnie luve,
And we will ride for hame.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 03:06 PM

Before I'd be a slave I'd be buried in my grave. Oh freedom.

By our sons in servile chains..we will drain our dearest veins but we shall be free..Scots what hae..

tramp tramp tramp the boys are marching cheer up comrades they will come...

we'd make the rafters ring..when every sailor in the house would lift his hat and sing Fair thee well Enniskillen


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 02:13 PM

the gargle dims me brain.g


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 12:10 AM

Re Song Of The Western Men, ref'd above: fine song written by Robert Hawker in 1820s about historic event of late 17C. Worth following up in good Wikipedia entry.

~Michael~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM

it was tears that made the Clyde.

there's a pick and shovel waiting down the coal town road A. Mcg.

I found him worthy of his wound..Dainty Davey.

I'll sit and mourn upon her grave a twelvemonth and a day Unquiet grave

all the world (is) sad and dreary everywhere I roam...Swanee River

why weep ye by the tide lady why weep ye by the tide..Jock of Hazeldeen

mg


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: mkebenn
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 04:23 PM

Casey leaves the underground
and stops inside the Golden Crown
for something wet to wash away the chill that's on his bones
seeing his reflection
in the eyes of all the lonley men
who grasp at anything they can
to keep from going home.
Standing in the courner Casey drinks his pint of bitters
never glancing in the mirror at the faces passing by
And he stumbles as he's leavin'
and he wonders if the reason
is the beer that that's in his belly
or the tear that's in his eyeBr>

Casey's Last Ride
Kris


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 03:28 PM

I often thought that God made the mixer and the hod so that Paddy could know hell upon the ground..Building up and tearing England down

it wasn't his intent he got a fine head of cement..same

rifle to rifle and horse against horse...Bold Fenian men

I put my head into a cask of brandy..Peggy Gordon

when I have partaken of beans and of bacon I whistle a merry old tune of the trail..I live in Montana

oh no true love will be his guard and bring him back again..Blue bells of Scotland

and the brave keep falling to honor the names of the ones who have gone before..Leaves of grass. G. Lightfoot

so I'll work on the towboats with my slippery city shoes..Summer wages. I. Tyson

if I was a clerk and could write a fine hand..Boncloddy

in a cavern in a canyon excavating for a mine..Clementine

Trelawny he's in keep and hold Trelawny he may die here's 20,000 Cornish bold will know the reason why..Song of the Western Men

I probably have listed these on other threads..mg

and woe to he who will stop for tea with McALpine's Fusilers.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Jon Dudley
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 04:39 AM

Indeed it is Michael. Some beauties.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,CAP
Date: 21 Apr 10 - 04:15 AM

River Run James Keelaghan.
The first verse:-

River of blue, cut through the valley,
swept pass the willows and the sandy bar,
ran so swift, locked in my memory,
but the way things were is not the way things are.
We used to swim in the crook of it's arm
in the summer heat who could be blamed?
Avioded the rapids the best that we could,
never thought that that stream could be tamed.

Past the Point of Rescue Mick Hanly

or any song that the writer makes you stop think and take a look at the wider picture as well as one self.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: frogprince
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 10:05 PM

Rise again, rise again,
Though your heart, it be broke, and your life about to end;
No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend,
Like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
                   Stan


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: frogprince
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 09:58 PM

He's a preacher, and a prophet, and a problem when he's stoned
                   Kris Kristopherson

I have seen the David, and the Mona Lisa too; and I have heard Doc Watson play Columbus Stockade Blues

I loved you from the git-go, I'll love you til I die; I loved you on the Spanish Steppes the day we said goodby

                   Guy Clarke


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: deepdoc1
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 05:40 PM

The story goes that Leonard Cohen was battling depression when he wrote Bird on the Wire:

...
Like a baby stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out to me
...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 03:11 PM

Oh, no Jon, no Jon, no Jon, no ~~~ not biased in any pejorative sense: & how the corpus ref'd to is full of candidates for this thread:~

He knew not what ailed him
But thought it was love

Our officers commanding us and them we must obey
Tho expecting every moment all to get cast away

`Twas on the morn of Valentine
When birds began to tweet,
Dame Durden and her maids and men
They all together meet.

Sweep chimnye sweep is the common cry I keep ···


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

~Michael~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Guest -Jon
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 07:04 AM

From 'Seasons' or 'The Ploughshare'

The sun has gone down and the sky it looks red,
down on my soft pillow where I lay my head,
when I open my eyes for to see the stars shine,
then the thoughts of my true love run into my mind.

...but them I'm biased!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Peter G
Date: 20 Apr 10 - 05:47 AM

The kirk was decked at eventide, the tapers glimmer'd fair.
The Priest and Bride-groom wait the Bride, and Dame and Knight were there.
They sought her baith in bower and ha', the Ladye wasn'a seen----
"FOR SHE'S OWER THE BORDER AN' AWA' - WI' JOCK O' HAZELDENE"!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 19 Apr 10 - 11:30 AM

"Blaspheming saints & splendid drunken heroes" John Connelly's epic description of trawler deckhands [from his Trawler town Requium.]


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: ichMael
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 11:02 PM

Believe me if all those
Endearing young charms
Which I gaze on so fondly today
Were to change by tomorrow
And fleet in my arms,
Like fairy gifts fading away
Though would'st still be adored
As this moment thou art
Let thy loveliness fade as it will
And around the dear ruin
Each wish of my heart
Would entwine itself
Verdantly still.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Bert
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 09:22 PM

Haul him aboard with a running bowline.

Oh 'tiz my delight on a shiny night, in the season of the year.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Vicki Kelsey
Date: 18 Apr 10 - 09:15 PM

There are many that do it for me, but two that come to mind are Michael Smith's "The Dutchman", a heart-filling description of a love that endures through the trials that life can dish out, and Eric Bogle's "No Man's Land", aka "Willie McBride" and "Green Fields of France", which I am unable to sing or even hear without blubbering halfway through.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 09:17 PM

Great thread.

Lulu, oh lulu,come and open up this door.
Before I have to open it with my old 44.
(Trad - Hang me/Been all around this world)

I have secrets I could tell you
You have secrets of your own
All these years we've lived together
You and I have lived alone
(Utah Philips - Golden Mansions)

Some will rob you with a six gun
some with a fountain pen
(Wood Guthrie - Pretty Boy Floyd)

Russ (permanent GUEST)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Joe_F
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 06:25 PM

Single girl, single girl,
Goes to the store and buys.
Married girl, married girl,
Rocks the cradle and cries.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 12:52 PM

"Three bands, a bunch of guitar stands
And cans and cans and cans of beer
And bottles of beer and bags of pot"

should be

"Three bands, a bunch of guitar stands
And cans and cans and cans of beer
And bottles of booze and bags of pot"

"sven managers" should be "seven managers"


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 12:49 PM

Old Timer, Old Timer,
I'm too late to die young now.
Old Timer, five and dimer,
Tryin' to find a way to age like wine somehow.

My new stuff is nothin' like my old stuff was
And neither one is much when compared to the show
Which may not be as good as another one you saw
So help me I know, I know, I know.

I'm an Old Timer, Old Timer,
Too late to die young now.
Old Timer, five and dimer,
Tryin' to find a way to age like wine somehow.

I've known every fool who's ever signed his picture on the wall
At the back of all these beer joints and concert halls,
Been through sven managers, five labels,
A thousand picks and patch cables,
Three bands, a bunch of guitar stands
And cans and cans and cans of beer
And bottles of beer and bags of pot
And a bunch of stuff that I forgot
I thought that I'd be dead by now.
But I'm not.

Todd Snider - Aged Like Wine


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 12:40 PM

Don't you leave me here,
Don't you leave me here,
But if you must go and leave me Darlin'
Leave a dime for beer.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 12:38 PM

Some blues lyrics that I've always liked:

It's Honey and it's Sweety when I'm with her,
Big nasty man when I'm gone
When she sees me coming with a twenty dollar bill
It's,"Sweet Darlin' where you been so long?"

I ain't never had no two women at one time
No I ain't never had no two women at one time
To satisfy this boy takes six, seven, eight or nine.

I prayed to the Lord to send me an angel down
Yes I prayed to the Lord to send me an angel down
He must've been out of angels 'cause he sent me old Thelma Brown.

What is it makes me love that Thelma Brown?
Ah what is it makes me love that Thelma Brown?
Must be the same old thing makes a bulldog hug a hound.

What makes my Grandma love my Grandpa so?
What makes my Grandma love my Grandpa so?
He's got that same jelly roll he had fifty years ago.

Although some of them may be politically incorrect, I like 'em.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 06:40 PM

Here's one that makes me laugh (cynically) -- it's about horses and young maids, but the political implications are so-o-o timely:

"Keep 'em so busy up in front, they can't look out behind."

(From "The Bachelor Boy")

Now, here's one that makes me cry -- selections from Child #91:

O we were sisters seven, Maisry,
And five are dead wi child; …

'O hold your tongue, my ae daughter,
Let a your folly be,
For ye shall be married ere this day week
Tho the same death you should die.'


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: mkebenn
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 05:22 PM

Whiskey is my deathbed
tells me where to lay my head
"not with me" is all she said
Early in the morning


Townes, again Mike


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Tootler
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 03:55 PM

By Woody Guthrie

A sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos canyon
Like a fireball of lightning, it shook all our hills
Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves?
The radio says "They are just deportees."

Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit?
To fall like dry leaves to rot on my topsoil
And be called by no name except deportees?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: mkebenn
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 03:47 PM

Poets tell how Pancho fell
Lefty's livin' in a cheap hotel
the desert's quiet and Cleveland's cold
and so this story end's, I'm told.


Townes, of course. Not too bad for a verse he added because someone told him the song wasn't long enough...Mike


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 05:44 AM

Thanx, Commander. But if you have a look at my thread, which is BS, you will see your comment was so peculiarly à-propos as to be positively spooky!

~M~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 05:35 AM

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky

This is gorgeous.


I think that all depends what you are smoking:-) One more draw and I would put up "Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind."

(Only joshing - honest. I openly admitted liking the Moody Blues the other day!)

DeG


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 05:19 AM

Michael

I am not aware of your ongoing thread and it was not levelled at you.

CC


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 12:38 AM

Commander ~~ as I am the OP of a currently ongoing thread on the topic of winning only £10 in the lottery when the jackpot was £17,000,000, I cannot help but feel that perhaps, in the words of Air XXX in The Beggar's Opera, "that was levelled at me".

May I respectfully ask why? Or am I mistaken & this is mere coincidence?

~Michael~


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 11:22 PM

Hi Tootler

Ok, I will concede that although a line of text is technically inert, it is open to interpretation.

You have said "It's the last sentence that does it". If in fact it was the last sentence, I could agree that it could be assumed as petulance. However, in the original post it is not the last sentence and neither was it intended to be petulant.

In the open session I attend and occasionally MC, it is not unusual for people to sing or play some material that I also do. It is rare that it conforms to the arrangement that I use. However, I would not be so impolite as to tell them that their punctuation or phrasing was crap, even if it was.

As I see it, they are free as individuals to arrange and interpret a song any way they wish to do so. Even if I don't particularly like it.

If as you say, an inert line of text is open to interpretation then;

Murray said:

"I do so hate to be pedantic, but Commander Crabbe has got the punctuation badly wrong in his line from Raglan Road, notwithstanding the fact that most people mistakenly sing it the way he punctuated it."

1. Contrary to his statement, Murray, I believe, quite likes to be pedantic.
2. If I had written this, I wouldn't comment on another's punctuation or phrasing.

CET said:

Well, Cdr Crabbe, it seems to me that Murray has it right, and that your response is a bit petulant. If you sing the song the way you punctuated it, you are singing gibberish. Kavangh's work deserves the respect of getting the punctuation (and the meaning) right.

1. Again, if I had written this, I wouldn't comment on another's punctuation or phrasing.

May all your lottery wins be more than a tenner.

CC


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Tootler
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 02:57 PM

It is also some kind of rare talent to be able to determine petulance from an inert line of text on a forum.

It is possible through the way you phrase a comment to convey an impression of petulance. A line of text is not inert but is open to interpretation. The comment below came over as petulant to me. You may not have meant it so, but that's the impression it conveyed.

It was originally a poem and if I ever read it as such I promise I'll punctuate it as such. Until then, while I choose to sing it, I'll arrange it and perform it any way I want.

It's the last sentence that does it.

Going back on topic, I believe that Patrick Kavanagh did actually intend it as a song, though being a poet, he wrote it as a poet would rather than as a songwriter would.

Luke Kelly gives that impression here


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Amos
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 02:44 PM

"But them cowboys, they had never heard
Of such a thing as a bankruptcy law.
So we left that drover's bones to bleach
On the trail of the buffalo....".



A


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: TonyA
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 02:38 PM

Nearly all the hundreds of songs I sing regularly were chosen because the lyrics moved me greatly, but picking just a few that come to mind right now:

contemporary:

Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir,
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook, like a night from some old-fashioned book,
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child.
Now I'm a grown woman, but my thoughts are still wild.
I thought I'd see London, or maybe Paree,
but I'm starin' at cornfields, that are starin' at me.

In the little dark engine room,
where the chill seeps in your soul,
how we huddled round that little pot stove
that burned oily rags and coal.

The beaches they sell to build their hotels, my fathers and I once knew.
The birds all along, the sunlight at dawn; singing Waimanalo blues.

Getting home and taking off his shoes, he settles down with the evening news,
while the kids do their homework with the TV in one ear.
While Superman, for the thousandth time, sells talking dolls and conquers crime,
dutifully they learn the date of birth of Paul Revere.
In the paper there's a piece about the mayor's middle name,
and he gets it read in time to watch the All-Star Bingo game.

I don't know much about much, and what I don't know I don't say.
And when I have nothing to say, I'm quiet.

They were creatures in a manner quite reptilian, in their unique and stylish way.
And their numbers could be reckoned in the millions;
but there are zero of these heroes in the world today.
They had music, art and fashion, there was dinosauric passion,
and I think they'd be enraged and mortified
that when they're mentioned today, it's only to say:
Their brains were small and they died.

traditional:

Vain, vain are the vows we have plighted.
I would that we never had met.
Love's a flower that blooms to be blighted
and a star that arose but to set.

Oh what a silly girl am I, to hang myself for a butcher's boy.

But I knew that with all my weeping, all the tears that I might shed
could not bring life back to Arthur, lying there so cold and dead.
So I took his lifeless body, cast it o'er the river side;
and I leave this world to wonder what became of Arthur Clyde.

For I was nothing to him,
Though he was the world to me.

It was on an autumn evening, an old man bent with age
strolled up to the village express, just off of a dusty stage.
"Is this the express office? I've come to get my son.
They told me that his train was due this place at half-past one."
"You've made a great mistake, sir, I would like for you to know.
This is the express office, not the town depot."
"You do not understand me, lad," with quivering lips he said.
"He's not coming as a passenger, he's coming to me dead."

My lover was a soldier, too. He fought at God's command.
A sabre pierced his gallant heart. You might have been the man.
He reeled and fell but was not dead. A horseman spurred his steed
and trampled on his dying brain. You might have done the deed.

I'll be all smiles tonight, love. I'll be all smiles tonight.
Though my heart may break tomorrow, I'll be all smiles tonight.

C'est l'aviron qui nous mène, qui nous mène.
C'est l'aviron qui nous mène en haut!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: GUEST,Phil B
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 07:11 AM

May he never prosper
And my he never thrive
At anything he takes to hand
As long as he's alive
May the very ground he walks upon
The grass refuse to grow
Since he has been the cause
Of my sorrow grief and woe.

or


May you never prosper
May you always fail
At anything you take to hand
I hope you ne're do well
May the very ground etc etc.

or


There are tinkers tailors and shoemakers
Lie snoring asleep
While we poor souls on the ocean wide
are ploughing through the deep
There's no-one to defend us love
Or keep us from the cold
On the ocean wide where we must bide
Like jolly sailors bold.

or

Now I work down at the carwash
Where all it ever does is rain.

or

Pick up my guitar and play
just like yesterday
Get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again.

and so on


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 09:37 PM

CET

You Said

"Well, Cdr Crabbe, it seems to me that Murray has it right, and that your response is a bit petulant. If you sing the song the way you punctuated it, you are singing gibberish. Kavangh's work deserves the respect of getting the punctuation (and the meaning) right."

Well

I haven't denied that Murray has it right. The punctuation he put up is correct. It's just that the punctuation Kavanagh used for the poem is difficult for the tune "Dawning of the Day" which is most popularly used for singing it.

Murray also says "notwithstanding the fact that most people mistakenly sing it the way he (my goodself) punctuated it". This is presumably because that is the way it best fits with the tune.

As Tootler said it's not easy to sing because of the phrasing. So it needs to be chosen carefully to convey the meaning correctly, which as I said, I endeavour to do, so as to avoid it being the gibberish you say it becomes.

May I re-iterate that if I ever read it as a poem I will punctuate it the way Kavanagh wrote it. Also when I sing it I will do my best to convey the true meaning out of respect for his work.

To my knowledge I am not aware that either Murray (or your good self) have actually heard me sing it. So I fail to see how you could judge my performance of Raglan Road based on the placing of two commas. That said, if you have, then comment away. All constructive criticism is gratefully received.

If I actually charged money for my performances and you had witnessed them then I might accept the criticism as fair game.

It is also some kind of rare talent to be able to determine petulance from an inert line of text on a forum.

Like I said "while I choose to sing it, I'll arrange it and perform it any way I want" If you, Murray or in fact anyone witnesses my performance and doesn't like it, feel free to tell me in person straight away. I don't mind if you do.

However, as you feel qualified to make judgement about me based solely on a comment made on this forum. Then I'm sure you will not object if I point out that your spelling of Kavanagh is not quite right.

Please be assured that I personally don't care if this is down to lack of ability or that you forgot to review your message before posting it.

Yours, fairly objectively but not very petulantly or pedantically.

Commander Crabbe


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:28 PM

Look yonder, partner, see that eagle rise.
He was born on land, but he sure enjoys the skies.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: Great folk song lyrics
From: CET
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 12:13 PM

As another example of a contemporary song that has the gift, consider this from "Broke Down" by Slaid Cleaves and Rod Picott:

"Sherry had a pawnshop band of gold
A sink full of dishes and a love grown cold
Along came a boy, pretty as the devil
She took his hand, the whole thing unravelled."

To me, that's no "well meaning effusion". It has the same clarity as this:

"Oh sall I kill her, nourice,
Or sall I lat her be?"
"Oh kill her, kill her, Lamkin'
For she ne'er was good to me."

Neither of those verses are sentimental, but the sentiment itself is inescapable.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
Next Page

  Share Thread:
More...

Reply to Thread
Subject:  Help
From:
Preview   Automatic Linebreaks   Make a link ("blue clicky")


Mudcat time: 21 October 2:25 AM EDT

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Café Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.