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What Song Makes You Drop Everything?

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Subject: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:08 PM

Remember that guy on "Seinfeld" who would stop and drop everything he was doing whenever "Desperado" by The Eagles came on the radio? I was wondering what song makes you stop, causes that blank stare (and accidents, if you're in a car) you become totally involved with, and makes you oblivious to outside stimuli?

--Mbo (mine is Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie)


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:15 PM

I hate to admit it, it isn't a folk song, but Dire Straits, Money for Nothin' still rivets me.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: MMario
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:19 PM

"Greenwood" as sung by jai of the Royal Madrigals. I doubt if any of you have heard it, but wow! A close second is "Brian the King" by Brian Leo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:25 PM

Master Mario, I heard you speak of that song before, I must go and find it, it sounds rulin'! Don't worry Metchosin, we don't make fun of people who like other things besides folk music! I sure don't!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:26 PM

Little richard's Toody Fruity....I'm sorry you guys but it gets me every time...Ive been away in Honduras for the week but am glad to be back<<<<>>>> hello all, Guy


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: MMario
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:40 PM

Mbo - if you mean "Brian the King" I posted the lyrics some time back, the tune is the traditional "Brian Boru" Max has it on tape, but unfortunatly I DON'T have permission to record it so broadcasting it would be a no-no.....but I DO have permission to perform it, and I do as often as possible....

if you can't find it, personal message me, or e-mail (I'm listed at bbc's site) and I will send you the lyrics....and the site where you can buy Molly and the Tinker's CD's....*grin*


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:41 PM

La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
If You Want My Lovin' (Aretha Franklin)
Walk Right In (who was that?)
Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar)
Where's the folk? Would take another hundred to work my way up to the present... I stop easily.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Amos
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:46 PM

"You, Who Are On the Road...", Crosby Stills and Nash. And almost anything from the Chieftains or Tommy Makem' gang.

A,


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 09:51 PM

This week:

Art Thieme's Why White Men Cannot See Clearly/Cherokee Queen; Great Silkie; Master of the Sheepfold; Is Your Lamps Gone Out

Colum Sands: Buskers

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer's The River Where She Sleeps It's ME!!

Geoff Bartley's One Kind Word

Susan McClelland's Falling from grace

All of the above courtesy of a wonderful gift of two cds, to me, from Art!

Many more, also!


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:34 PM

my wife, Ferrara..(Rita) singing "The Vacant Chair", "When the Yellow's on the Broom", "Lorena", etc.

Davey Stewart singing "The Merchants Son and the Beggars Daughter"

Jean Redpath singing "The Twa' Corbies"..and 27 more

Jeannie Robertson singing absolutely ANYTHING..(list by request)

and more, if I could remember this time of night


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:43 PM

Rod Stewart singing 'You're in my soul', because it was "our song" for my first love and I, way back in 1978 (I was a late developer on the boyfriend front), and seems even more appropriate now that he is no longer here, especially the line 'you're ageless, timeless', sorry, must go and have a little sniffle.....

For other kinds of music, as previously mentioned somewhere, 'Jesu, joy of man's desiring' will have me dropping everything, in an effort to get away from the wretched noise - well you try singing it three times at three seperate weddings on the same day! Besides, it goes much better as a triple jig.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:47 PM

Moon River
It was my mom's favorite song


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Musicman
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:51 PM

For me, one song I havn't sung for almost a year, (don't think i've even listened to it yet!) I sang it at my wedding, Stan Rogers: 45 Years from Now.

Also, Christmas carol sung by Kings College, Cambridge, ... "In The Bleak Midwinter", Harold Dark(?)

Probably a few others too......


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From:
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:55 PM

Fred J. Eaglesmith's, "Go out and Plow"

Richard


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 10:55 PM

"The Last Leviathan" by Rory Block. It simply makes my heart break. It's beautifully sung, and because it has to do with our human disregard for animals, I listen out of reverence and respect for them as well.

I can't hear it without crying.

ww


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: thosp
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 11:08 PM

so many stop me-i just can't go!
but to name one
dylans' tamborine man
well to name another
ian & slyvia-the royal canal
well just one more
joan baez--greenwood sidio(don't tell me about the spelling)
and the list goes on!
and the list goes on!
ohhh and
tim buckley--morning glory


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Michael K.
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 11:13 PM

''Drive''..by The Cars.

Crosby Stills Nash verison of McCartney's ''Blackbird.''

''Rainy Day'' Hendrix version

....and any James Horner sound-track....


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 12:07 AM

Little Neophyte - I recently played Moon River on my Folk Show and got so many phonecalls from people wanting to buy this version.

It's by the Cafe Orhestra with guest vocals by Sinead Stone.

Artist: Cafe Orchestra Album Title: Topaz Label: Grapevine cat No:


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 12:08 AM

Little Neophyte - I recently played Moon River on my Folk Show and got so many phonecalls from people wanting to buy this version.

It's by the Cafe Orhestra with guest vocals by Sinead Stone.

Artist: Cafe Orchestra Album Title: Topaz Label: Grapevine cat No: GRCDX 211

I know you won't be disappointed.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Escamillo
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 12:16 AM

For me, it's Gershwin's SUMMERTIME
Yours, Andrés Magré


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 12:26 AM

The carol 'In the Bleak Midwinter' is also one of my favourites, tunes by Gustav Holst or Harold Darke, and the words by Christina Rossetti. Written as a poem, it was set to music and has become one of the better known 'modern' carols. As a Pre-Raphaelite fan, it is a total joy, a word painting, that although geographically odd (midwinter in Bethlehem is neither frosty nor snowy) is so full of imagery and passion that you can forgive the stranger qualities.

Also 'It came upon a midnight clear', esp the lines 'beneath the angel strain have rolled 2000 years of wrong'. Very appropriate this year I feel... Hopefully the 'whole earth will hush their noise', and 'give back the song the angels sing'.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Clifton53
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:00 AM

Song to Woody by Bob Dylan Blue Sky by the Allman Bros. When I Woke Up This Mornin by The We Five or Nanci Griffith California Dreamin (Michelle Phillips, boy was she hot in'69) Mamas and Papas And maybe 50 or so more, not the least of which is "The Late John Garfield Blues" by John Prine


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:02 AM

LilNeo, serendipity strikes again? Moon River is one of the only *pop* songs I ever memorised, on my own on piano at about 9 or 10 yers old. I can still sit down at a piano and play the first few bars, both bass and treble!

Forgot Mozart's Requiem, esp. the Kyrie.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:07 AM

Schubert's Mass No.2 in G Major. Also especially the Kyrie.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Chris/Darwin
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 02:12 AM

Steeleye Span's "Rogues in a nation" Planxty's "Bonny Lighthorsemen" or "Arthur McBride" Corries' "Flower of Scotland" from their concert album Dan Fogelberg's "Sutter's Mill" Bob Fox/Stu Luckley "Doodle.." or just about anything Touchstone's "Jack Haggerty" or "Nova Scotia"

The list goes on ... thank God there is so much good music about!


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mudjack
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:41 AM

The Star Spangled Banner has a way of making people stand right up. Once had a co-worker who was attending his first baseball game at Anahiem Statium say, "Look at that, she sang that so well she got a standing ovation". and he meant it.
I've recently discovered Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance" and the last song on the CD is "Don't Stop" featuring the USC marching band, A total knock out.I stop what I'm doing and start boogy-ing.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:49 AM

Barbara, I think Walk Right In was done by the New Christy Minstrels

Just trying to redeem myself here. Any version of And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda as long as it's not sanitized, almost anything off the Old Blind Dogs' albums New Tricks, Close to the Bone, Tall Tails and Legacy, Richard Thompson's Down Where the Drunkards Roll, June Tabor singing Beat the Retreat and anyone singing Amazing Grace. I drop a lot of stuff.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:25 AM

Jimi Hendrix's version (any one of 'em) of "Red House"...

Janis Joplin singing "I Need A Man To Love"
Janis Joplin singing "Piece Of My Heart"
Janis Joplin singing "Summertime"
Janis Joplin singing "Turtle Blues"
Janis Joplin singing "Ball And Chain"
Janis Joplin singing/screaming/crying/moaning/wailing/talking.

Not necessarily in that order.

Neil Lowe


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Allan C.
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:45 AM

CSN&Y's "Almost Cut My Hair" (well, especially that one, but almost any cut from "Deja Vu"
CSN's "Lady of the Island"
"Gaudete"
Steeleye Span's "Sheep-Crook and Black Dog" as well as "Parcel of Rogues"
The Beatles' "She's Leaving Home"
John Gorka's "Thorny Patch" (but I can't say much for the rest of his "After Yesterday" CD upon which this song appears)
Mommas and Pappas' "Dedicated To the One I Love"
Tania Opland's "The Oregon Trail"
Garnet Rogers' "At A High Window"

These are what come to mind at the moment. But if you were to ask me the same question tomorrow, it would probably be a different list.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: kendall
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 09:07 AM

The Thieving Magpie...Rossini
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald..Gordon Lightfoot
Phoebe Snow..Utah Phillips,
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: alison
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 09:33 AM

WARNING..... non folk tracks approaching.... these bring back fantastic memories from my teens.....

Stay with me tonight -Jeffrey Osbourne
ain't nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Do ya wanna funk - Sylvester

Folk

One, I love - Karan Casey
The Hiring Fair- Ralph McTell

Classical

Land of the mountain and the flood - Hamish MacCunn
The Moldau (Vltava)- Smetana
Russian Easter Overture - Rimsky Korsakov

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Easy Rider
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 09:52 AM

The Grateful Dead:

"Uncle John's Band" My very favorite song ever "China Cat Sunflower" "Look for awhile at the China Cat Sunflower Girl walking Jingle in the Midnight Sun..."

Otis Redding:

"Dock of the Bay"


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: sam in philadelphia
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:06 AM

Looking for the Heart of Saturday Nite, by tom waits, stops me dead in my tracks. also, alison Krause does a splendid cover


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: ann
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:35 AM

tennessee waltz


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Wesley S
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 01:42 PM

I would have to add :

Fanfare for the Common Man - Aaron Copeland Second Movement of Beethovans 9th { makes me wave my imaginary baton }

Song of Bernadette performed by Jennifer Warnes The French Girl { ? } by Ian and Sylvia Thristy Boots by Eric Anderson Devil Got My Woman performed by Geoff Muldar Birmingham Sunday performed by Joan Baez

And a dozen others but I'm feeling very "folkie" today


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Folksie Lady
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 02:06 PM

My car's tape player is on the fritz (too much interstate travel this year!) but songs coming over the radio might include:

Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen (what magnificent singers!) American Pie, Don McLean Of *course* I know all the words! :) Old Time Rock and Roll, by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.

If it's a classical station, hands-down favorites are:

Symphony No. 3 ("Organ") by Camille Saint-Saens Symphony No. 9 ("Choral") by L. Beethoven Symphony No. 4 ("Campmeeting"?) by Charles Ives

And any number of other tone-poems, short pieces, songs, etc.

And don't even get me started on folk....

Folksie Lady


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Gary T
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 02:20 PM

Barbara and Metchosin, I remember "Walk Right In" as a chart hit for the Rooftop Singers, late 50's/early 60's. Don't know who else might have done it.

"O Holy Night" always grabs me. I know there are several others from various genres, but I can't bring any to mind right now.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Banjoman_CO
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 02:52 PM

Right on, Liz Holtz makes me tingle a bit.

As for Folk --- East Virginia

Pop ----- Yesterday by the beetles and anything by "Blood, Sweat and Tears" but my all time "make you stop everything song" it would have to be "Never My Love" by the Association.

Fred


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:41 PM

Ray Charles singing Georgia on my Mind


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:43 PM

I think one of the ones that's often requested around here stops me everytime. Enjoy

Very emotional and a lot of other verses too, some of which have been discussed here ad infinitum (Believe it or not).

SPAW


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bert
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:47 PM

Spaw, You don't need a song. You don't have to HAVE a reason, you'll drop 'em at any time;-)

Bert.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:49 PM

Bugsy, where can I buy your version of Moon River?

Have you ever notice you stutter on your postings?

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: lamarca
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 03:53 PM

There are always a few songs that I try not to play too often, so they will still have the "shiver down my spine" effect that wears off after too many exposures. A few of these for me:

No Regrets - Tom Rush; I still cry when I hear it...
Aqaba - Bill Caddick song as sung by June Tabor; I can SEE T.E. Lawrence when I hear the song
Beeswing - Richard Thompson; a recent favorite, again, it makes me cry; is this about Anne Briggs?
"Ashes Are Burning" and "Black Flame" - Renaissance; Annie Haslam had another voice that could grab your soul
"Oh, Fortuna" from Orff's Carmina Burana - shiver!
Mozart's "Requiem" - I got a chance to sing it in college choir, and I have to stop everything and listen if it's on our local classical station
"Harold in Italy" - Berlioz; I grew up hearing Yehudi Menuhin's recording of this, and it STILL grabs me!

I guess maybe I'm really susceptible to music - there are so many pieces that I don't just hear, but FEEL viscerally. The best music for me is that which wraps up my feelings and physical sensations and transports me elsewhere for the time it is playing. I feel lucky in that there are pieces from the classical repertoire, traditional music, rock and contemporary that make me feel that way; it is a blessing in my life to be able to hear and feel music and have it be a comfort, catharsis, escape or joy-bringer.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Magpie
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:00 PM

Me, I drop things all day. So many nice songs.. "Both sides now" done by Clannad "Cry baby" - Janis Joplin "Dimming of the day" done by Rick Danko and Kirsten Braathen Berg June Tabor singing "The band played waltzing Mathilda" a cappella

Various choires from Verdi's operas also send shivers up my spine..

John, Brendy and Mike: you know this one Spry's Abundance doing Sliav Gallion Braes and Song for Ireland.

..Just to mention a few

Magpie


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:06 PM

Hi lamarca, Richard Thompson's Beeswing is about Anne Briggs, as far as I know and apparently she has resurfaced lately on the folk scene again. I also considered this song for my list too.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:18 PM

Gary T.... as they say...if you can remember the sixties, you weren't really there....Big Grin


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:18 PM

Thanks,sam, for reminding me about Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night, there's something about it that's so plaintive that it brings tears to my eyes. Anytime I hear Somebody to Love by the Jefferson Airplane on my car radio, I jack up the volume and sing at the top of my lungs. My passengers are often horrified.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Penny S.
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM

LTS - I feel like that about the angels at the midnight clear, too. Have you heard it with the gloria descant? Magic.

And Officium, with the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek(?)

And Hildegard of Bingen's work

Not folky, though

Penny


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM

although seems to me in my Hootenanny days I was deeply into coffee...hmmm.. no excuse for bad memory


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Little Dorrit
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:33 PM

Beeswing Richard Thompson I heard it thru'the grapevine marvin gaye grey funnel line I lived not where i love linda thompson and virtually any song sung or played by nic jones


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: kendall
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 04:34 PM

It depends what mood I'm too.. these days after the break up, Roy Acuff singing," I'll forgive you, but I cant forget". It says exactly how I feel.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:07 PM

Little Neo - You should be able to get it from your "Folk Friendly" record store.

If not Contact me with a personal message giving your location details and I'll try to work out a way to get one for you.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Little Neophyte
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:15 PM

Thanks, I was hoping to get Bugsy's version of Moon River? But I'll settle for the Cafe Orhestra version

Little Neo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:31 PM

Little Neo,

It was the Cafe Orchestra version that I played on my radio show. It's not a song that I perform personally. However I am confident that you will like it.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Cricket in Canyon Lake,TX
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:44 PM

Oh, you guys, you guys... what wonderful memories! I would have to agree on so many of the choices. Are we going to do a list a the top one hundred important folk songs of the century? Is there an easy way this can be accomplished? Every one else has their list...


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: JL in Ozland
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:51 PM

Kristofferson, "Sunday Morning Comin' Down"; Barley Bree, "Rape of Glencoe"; John Prine, "Paradise"

...and too many country/folk songs to even think about. Amen, Lamarca, thank the Muses for the catharsis of music in all its forms.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Cricket in Canyon Lake, TX
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 08:52 PM

I got carried away and forgot my contribution... I would have to say "Suzanne" by L. Cohen; " Country Roads" by John Denver ; " Angel from Mongomery" John Prine; Bobby Mcgee; Wha a wonderful thread and a sort of sad and thrilling walk down memory lane...


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:31 PM

Lucretzia Bori singing "Un Bel Dia" from "Butterfly". 'Course no one else will play it so I drop everything FIRST, and then put it on.
Leadbelly and Paul Mason Howard doing Ella Speed.
Alfred Karnes singing "Called to a Foreign Field".
Rick


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: nobbler@email.com
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:32 PM

Foster- Hard Times Come Again no More


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Escamillo
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:40 PM

Kat & WW : why always the best part of a mass is the Kyrie ? :)

Yours, Andrés


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mike,NZ
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:41 PM

Ralph McTell's "streets of London", take me back to the days I was a copper in the city

Also many others depending on the mood at the time


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: TheMuse
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 10:54 PM

Neil, Are you by any chance a Janis Joplin fan?! Have to admit "Piece of My Heart" is a favaorite of mine. Had the chance to see her live and in person shortly before she died and turned it down. A LARGE regret of mine. The Muse


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: sophocleese
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:03 PM

Christmas in the Trenches, doesn't matter what I'm doing I'm going to start crying if it comes up on the radio. A lot of songs that were popular when I was a teenager but aren't played much anymore will make me stop just to hear them again even if I wasn't that fond of them when they came out.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: lamarca
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:36 PM

Andres, I've always been more partial to the Dies Irae! I've only sung the Requiems of Mozart and Verdi, though - Verdi's Dies Irae really makes you feel the terror. Someday I want to get a chance to sing the Faure' Requiem, too...

I was just a child when the Pope ended the Latin mass, and I think it took away some of the reverence and ceremony for me. Now I'm no longer a Catholic at all, and I guess singing is the best way for me to commune with God (although many of my favorite songs are more earthly than spiritual).

Mary


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: BK
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:44 PM

lamarca: where can I hear June Tabor doing that Bill Caddick song Aqaba?

As for mesmirizers;

Steeleye Span, esp the album "Below The Salt." Lots of Stan Rogers, (but I often particularly like "The Witch of The West Merelands." Garnet Rogers "Stars In Their Crown" or "Small Miracles," or "Sleeping Buffalo," or many others... Danny Doyle doing "Christmas in The Trenches," or "My Grandfathers' Emigrant Eyes"(I can picture & smell Ellis Island while listening; it just takes me away w/a flood of images) or the true-story-based, "Rose Of Saigon," & "Kilkelly, Ireland," & many others... Sally Rogers doing "Seven Long years." (much like our lives!) Much of Joan Baez's early stuff. not too much of her later stuff. Lots of Gordon Lightfoot's early stuff. Lot's of Ian & Sylvia. a lot of Loreena Mckennit, esp if I'm in the right mood.."All Soul's Night"... 'n I'm tired, betcha lots more fit, but I gotta go ta bed.. Too late!! A few more are insisting on getting out.. Ann Hills singing "Follow that Road" (talk abt images..!! I've lived in that part of the country..)Priscilla herdman's whole CD "Star Dreamer"... Wow! Sanders, Cass & White doing "Woyaya" (We Are Going) or their fantastic song abt the Aids Quilt "Be Still".. I start to cry just thinking abt it then I get the damn keyboard wet & can't see the keys any-way.. IMHO they also do the DEFINITIVE VERSION of Cristine Lavin's "Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind," all on their CD "Feels Like Home." & Then there's Sally Fingerett's "Home Is Where The Heart Is" to get the ol' tear ducts flowin. James Keelaghan's "Fires Of Calais" & "Jenny Brice" if the foregoing ain't enough.. & a zillion more; let's face it, I'm easy.. I still enjoy "Waltzing With Bears," (w/the extra verse, of course) & the wacky sequel by the Berrymans, "Aunt Emily," & the equally wacky parody, "Golfing With Hares," by Sue Train*r.

I REALLY gotta get to bed..

Cheers, BK


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 11:59 PM

Again, so many songs stop me in my tracks I pretty much limit my real time for listening to time spent in my car.

Two abiding favorites are Jennifer Warnes' "Famous Blue Raincoat" -- which I no longer have any but an elderly taped copy of (it apparently is no longer being reproduced -- big fat hairy bummer) and from which I have learned "Song of Bernadette." It's one of my favorite songs to sing, but I'm pianist-dependent for that one, since most guitarists can't just sit down and fake that one.

And Tom Waits "Small Change" album or a "Best of Tom Waits" album I've loaned and not gotten back. In fact, just about anything by Waits puts me in *such* a mood. I have to be careful or he can put so much of the divil in me I'll do something foolish...

Also Karla Bonoff's "Home" and "Like a Shooting Star"

Sam in Philadelphia, what CD is Alison Krause's version of "Heart of Saturday Night" on?

WyoWoman


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From:
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 12:33 AM

The Merry Ploughboy - = bugger off ka booom ! Loved it way back still do, GREAT song.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Harold W
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:55 AM

It's not a song but a classical number "Serenade for Strings" By Roman Hoffstetter.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: MudGuard
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:03 AM

Song for Ireland, especially the version sung by a woman (name unknown) accompanied by DeDannan


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:39 AM

Anything sung by Davey Jones(from the NE of England -not ex monkee), but particularly "You have the most beguiling eyes" kindest regards Patrish


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bluejay
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:52 AM

Lamarca: No Regrets also does it for me. Have you ever heard Tom Rush do The Panama Limited? I think you'd like it. Makes you want to drop everything & reconcile whatever. Barney, by Ian & Sylvia, is a drop-it song. I play it now because someone asked for a tear-jerker; the responses are interesting. Some people are revulsed by a song about a cowboy shooting his lame horse, but they usually come around, as the meaning of the song transcends animal rights type stuff by far. Other drop-it songs: George Winston playing Spanish Fandango on the guitar; Don't Want to Die in Georgia, by Brewer and Shipley, (and most of their other stuff); I'll Fly Away: Bryan Bowers' slow plaintive version,not the quick time. Norman Blake's John Hardy, and When I Paint My Masterpiece, by anyone. If I heard ANY of these songs on the radio, I'd probably drop everything due to heart failure. (Thanks for permitting my diatribe, I'm new here.)


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Brakn
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 04:46 AM

Off the top of me 'ead,

Christmas in the Trenches by Joe McShane (I've never heard the original)
Wreck on The Highway - Bruce Springsteen
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
The Man Who Couldn't Cry - Louden Wainwright
It Had To Be You - Fred Astaire
Men With Broken Hearts - Hank Williams
She's Leaving Home - Beatles
Streets Of New York
Grace - Jim McCann
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - Eric Bogle
The Soldiers Song
God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols
Roads Girdle The Globe - XTC
Girl From The North Country - Bob Dylan


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 05:12 AM

Too many to list, but one comes to mind a barnstorming "I can't get started" by Roy Eldridge from one of the Jazz at the Philharmonic packages. Saw him do it at the Birmingham Town Hall and got the double LP recorded on the same tour which included it. The first few notes of Louis Armstrong on "Sleepy Time Down South" or "Black and Blue" (or most everything else). Bechet's "Petite Fleur"... too many, and I haven't mentioned blues or folk yet. Back to work, Roger,([I'm also suffering from CRS or CRAFT (Can't remember a fucking thing)disease: turned up yesterday for a meeting, moaned that no-one else turned up, got back to the office to find it was scheduled for today! Still, at least I've got all the handouts ready in time!]


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 07:09 AM

To The Muse:

Gee, was it that obvious? *BG* Janis probably took a year off her life for every performance she gave. Sorry to say I too never got to see her in concert, but I heard second hand from others that had seen her, from the level of intensity in her performances it was evident she wouldn't be able to maintain that energy forever. So sad, like countless others around that time who left a legendary and timeless (IMO) legacy, but probably paid for it with an early demise.

Regards, Neil (who thinks folk is fine, but is here for the blues)


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Allan C.
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 07:55 AM

Here it is another day and here is yet another list:

"Paint It Black" - Rolling Stones
"If" or "Diary" - Bread "Summer Song" - Chad & Jeremy
"The Joy of Living" - sung by almost anyone
"The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - as I heard it done by Bill Sables
"Because They're Young" - Duane Eddy
"Our Winter Love" - Frank Purcell
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - sung by almost anyone
"Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" - Gerry And Pace Makers
"Words" - Bee Gees
"When I Was In My Prime" - Pentangle
"I'm Gonna Be Strong" - Gene Pitney
"Young Man" - The Womenfolk


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 08:37 AM

Well, I've thought of a lot more since my original post.

-"Gymnopedie No.1" by Erik Satie (already mentioned that)

-"Catch The Wind" by Donovan

-"A Summer Song" by Chad & Jeremy

-"Come Sail Away" by Styx

-"Don't Walk Away" by The Electric Light Orchesta (greatest band in the world!)

-"One Summer Dream" by The Electric Light Orchestra (heck, the whole album "Face The Music")

-"Caoineadh Cu Chullainn" by Bill Whelan

-Anything from the musicals "Les Miserables," "Pippin," "Godspell," or any Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

-Anything by the pianist George Winston, epecially "Colors/Dance" and the supremely gorgeous "Longing Love"

-"Any Old Time of the Day" when Earl Klugh plays it

-"Amazing Grace" played by a Pipe Band with Military Band accompaniament

-"Is Ar Eirinn Ni Nosfainn Ce Hi" by Dervish

-"Jeune Fille in a White Sun Dress" by The Bad Examples

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: lloyd61
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 08:56 AM

I'm with Kat on this one:

Art Thieme's Master of the Sheepfold. Why? Art is number one with me and the song causes me to reflect on something, but that is a story for another time.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Blackcat2
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 09:37 AM

Classical Gas by Mason Williams does it for me. - I've stopped my car on the side of the road before.

One interesting thing about this thread is how few of the songs listed actually receive regular air play on the radio (at least in Orlando, FL).


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 10:11 AM

Neil-- I did get to see Janis in concert (back when I was a mere child, of course) in Oklahoma City, of all places. It was right before her death. The only other live concert I saw during those days was Jimi Hendrix. Decided to stop going to concerts because I was killing off our best stars.

However, I do disagree with you about her "level of intensity" being what killed her. It was her level of substance abuse that did the deed. The remaining Rolling Stones are alive only by luck and dint of a strong constitution, otherwise, their excesses would have gotten to them, too.

I've talked to too many fabulous older performers who also gave it everything they had to believe that it's the outpouring of performance talent and energy and passion that kills folks. When I think of the enormous pool of talent and beauty that has been taken from us simply because the performers were too arrogant or screwed up or needy or dumb to limit their substance use, it just makes me angry.

(Scuse me, my soapbox is creaking. I'll step down...)

WW


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From:
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 10:33 AM

My first thought was not of a song per se but rather a set of stories on tape. Eddie Stack is the story spinner and in the background is Martin Hayes and Eddie Cahill on fiddle & guitar.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Gervase
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:00 AM

'Only Remembered', as reworked by John Tams and sung by Coope, Boyes & Simpson - brings a lump to the throat every time I hear or sing it. Or 'Where there's rest for Horse and Man', similarly affecting. But I'm a maudlin, sentimental sod at the best of times.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: jeffp
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:02 AM

Limerick's Lamentation - not really a song, but mesmerizing, especially when played by James Kelly.
Classical Gas
Four Green Fields - Tommy Makem - although my wife tells me I do it better
No Man's Land - I forget the author, but I have loved it since I heard Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem perform it in Washington, DC. It always makes me cry.

These are the ones that jump out of the top of my head. I wish they wouldn't do that. It makes such a mess of my hair.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bert
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 01:32 PM

Anything by Piaf.

Sam in Philadelphia, where abouts are you in Philly?

Bert. (in Phoenixville, PA)


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: kendall
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:39 PM

No Mans Land was written by Eric Bogle. If ANY ONE can do Four Green Fields better than Makem, I want to hear it.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:49 PM

WyoW--

You obviously have a valid point.

I certainly wouldn't argue that sucking down Southern Comfort and shooting heroin with some regularity, in addition to whatever other chemical forms of feel-good enlightenment she might have been pursuing during her musical career, contributed to Janis Joplin's health and longevity. In my post I was merely passing along second hand information received from concert-goers I knew who had commented on the intensity of her performance(s). Having never seen her perform, I am not qualified to determine for myself whether the amount of energy she put into her concerts had anything to do with her untimely death.

I am left to wonder, however, had Elvis been delivering primal screams night after night or had Jerry Garcia burned his guitar and smashed his equipment at the end of a Grateful Dead concert, would they have been taken away any sooner from this earth? It's like the questions in psychology regarding whether a specific human behavior is genetically or environmentally determined: often the answer is "A Combination Of The Two." I don't think anything the Stones have done in concert, even during the "Gimme Shelter" days, compares in intensity to what was captured on tape of Janis' live performances. And certainly there are stoner musicians like Gregg Allman and J.J. Cale who can somehow continue to grind out lackluster musical performances, as well as the flip side of that coin being Death/Goth/Thrash/Heavy Metal bands who pump iron and drink carrot juice back stage so they can scream and physically abuse their instruments for the duration of their concerts. It's a rarity, however, to find a doper who can deliver a jet-fueled concert nightly for any sustained length of time.

My comment that she shaved a year off her life with each performance she gave was based on the fact that she was such an abuser, coupled with what I had heard about the intensity of her concerts. My unqualified opinion is that these two factors combined to cause her early death.

I would be interested in any artists you consider to be able to deliver such high-powered performances as Janis Joplin was able to do during her brief career. I am always on the lookout for music that pegs the goosebump meter.

Regards, Neil


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: jeffp
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:00 PM

I just want to emphasize that it's my wife's opinion, not mine. You have to allow for a bit of bias in her view, not to mention that she heard me sing it long before she heard Tommy. I personally worship the ground the man walks upon. In fact, I should add Gentle Annie to my previous list. It's hard to find a better love song.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:01 PM

Oh yeah! Forgot to mention:

"Once Upon A Time" by ELO Part Two

"The Rain Song" by Led Zeppelin. Gorgeous music, superbly poetic lyrics, love that gong...

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: SeanArd
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 03:37 PM

"Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" by James Galway


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 04:44 PM

Penny, you and I have got to get together one day! I'm a Hildegard fan too - did you know there is now a cookbook based on her rule? I'll see if I can get details if you like.... Feathers on the breath of God has me sitting in a complete trace every time.

Gervase, is that you??? There can't be two Gervases in the world that just happen to like Rest for Horse and Man, and are maudlin sentimental old sods.... can there??

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 04:55 PM

Hey Bert, I thought of including Piaff too, but I couldn't remember the name of the one piece in particular that does it to me, although Les Trois Cloches comes a close second.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bert
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 05:30 PM

I think "La Vie en Rose" is tops.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: kendall
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 06:24 PM

Lara's theme from Dr. Zhivago


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bill Cameron
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 07:35 PM

Sam Cooke--"Chain Gang"

Ah-HUNH! Ah-HUNH!

Or anything else he ever sang, but thats my favourite!

Neil-- the intensity of Janis?

Think Ani di Franco.

Her fans are even more intense.

I notice several references to Ian & Sylvia, (which refer to three songs I've never heard of--they certainly had a repertoire!) and none to Simon & Garfunkel--says something for good taste on the 'Cat! Ian & Sylvia defined the standard for how two voices can work together singing folk music, and it has not been improved upon. Their old stuff holds up real well.

Bill


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: emily rain
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 07:37 PM

"soft serve" by soul coughing makes me dance.
and the first track on their first album (title unknown) that includes the line

"a mannnnn
drives a plaaaaannnnnne-nuh
into the
cry-sler buil-ding"

makes me hallucinate.

also i love anything sung by joe prater, but only if he's singing solo. i don't know what it is about this guy; he makes such beautiful music, and then sings with other folks who also make beautiful music, and somehow the whole is much less wonderful than the sum of its parts. go figure. but "willie o' winsbury" renders me catatonic.

june tabor's version of "no man's land"
robby mcconnell et al's version of "there were roses"
tom herring's "the green man"
anything that falls out susan welch's mouth

chopin's fantasie impromptu
beethoven's moonlight sonata
bach's air on a g string (i know; har har har)
any of rachmaninov's sacred choral stuff, mmmmmmmmm.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: annamill
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 08:46 PM

Take a little piece of my heart - Janis Joplin.

You shook me - Led Zeppelin

Anything...anything by Buddy Guy. His songs make me drop everything alright. He's my very favorite dancing music. Hummph..

Love, anna


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Paul G.
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 08:59 PM

Richard Shindell's "Reunion Hill"


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 09:01 PM

Oh what a monster thread I've created! You folks drop stuff for some really good music! Thanks for all your feedback! Now all I have to do is go listen all of this stuff. I forgot "Don't Look Back In Anger" by Oasis. And there's this great Japanese pop song my penpal from Japan, Aiko, sent me. Its "Crossroad" by Mr.Children. Great tune, fast lyrics if you can handle 'em, tubular bells, snare drumming, it's got it all! Then there's "Closer" by The Corrs. And the list grows longer...


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: harpgirl
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:40 PM

..."Dehlia" by David Bromberg...


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: WyoWoman
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 12:02 AM

Oh, oh. The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3. Yes, I first heard it in the movie "Shine," but I bought a CD and have nearly worn it smooth listening to it as loud as is safe to do so.

Neil... I'm thinking.

I haven't seen Ani DiFranco in concert, but do love her songwriting. My daughter made a wonderful mix tape after my engagement ended last winter, full of sass and fury. This was my introduction to Ani (Untouchable Smile, I think) and I continue to find her surprising and moving. I don't think anything I've heard, however, reaches the level of intensity Neil's talking about with Janis. She was awesome. I've always wondered if you can only get to that state by making yourself somewhat crazy, either chemically crazy or through religious trance or something.

ww


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 12:18 AM

Bert, La Vie en Rose is truly beautiful but the one I was trying to remember that gives me goosebumps, puts tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat is Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien! It also gets other family members running in and yelling at you, when you play it at top volume, as I just found out a moment ago.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 12:30 AM

Wyowoman, I think what it is about Janis, and Piaff does it too, is that they strip themselves naked to the soul before their audience. It's interesting that some of the most memorable songsters are so passionately human and so tragically flawed.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 07:30 AM

"The Hardest Working Man In ShowBiz," James Brown, might come close to expending the energy that Janis Joplin must've spent on a good night. Still.....


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bert
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 10:53 AM

You're right Metch' Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien! is another one of my favourites.

Another singer who puts that effort into her songs is Melanie, her "Look what they've done to my song" also gets to me.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Allan C.
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 11:15 AM

But it is hard to compare Melanie's bicycle song with "Candles In the Rain".

As for Janice, I finally got to see a video of some of her performances. She reached clear down to her toenails to get every bit of soul into her songs. Truly amazing.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 11:26 AM

Further thought on Janis,Piaf and others engaged in peak performances, the high that you get when you do it is usually accompanied by a crash of equal magnitude. If you don't have someone to catch you when you fall or someplace of sanctity, that does not require drugs and acohol to ease the pain, the results can be tragic.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Z
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 02:26 PM

This one:

To Make You Feel My Love By Bob Dylan

When the rain is blowin' in your face And the whole world is on your case I would offer you a warm embrace To make you feel my love

When evening shadows and the stars appear there is no one to dry your tears I could hold you for a million years To make you feel my love

I know you haven't made your mind up yet But I would never do you wrong And I know that from the moment that we met No doubt in my mind where you belong

I'd go hungry I'd go black and blue I'd go crawlin' down the avenue There ain't nothin' that I wouldn't do To make you feel my love

The storms are raging on a rollin' sea And on a highway of regret And the winds of change are blowin' wild and free But you ain't seen nothin like me, yet

I could make you happy make your dreams come true Nothin that I wouldn't do Go to the ends of the earth for you To make you feel my love.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Neil Lowe
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 02:35 PM

:-) ....Thanks Z, for posting that song....that happens to be one of my favorites too, as well as a favorite of someone very near and dear to me.

Neil


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: dollmaker
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 02:43 PM

Hey,Spaw, don't you think you would be in big trouble with some of our fundamentalist classmates from so long ago over this "enjoy" section? It is kinda funny, though.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 03:12 PM

I heard "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" a few months ago, and fell in love with it! I also like "La Vie En Rose" and "Hymne L'Amour" by Edith. The version of "Non..." I heard was actually sung by Elaine Page. Very powerful. It has that "My Way" kind of feel to it.

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: annamill
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 08:13 PM

To Z: Yea, yea, yea...I've heard that one before. After "I feel your love" you're outta here.

Sorry Z. Actually I love the song, but this is always my initial reaction to a promise like that.

There is that song (WARNING:THREAD CREEP) that goes:

There's a ship lying waiting in the harbor.. and tomorrow for old England she sails.

So let's get it on, cause you never know when I'll be back and I might get killed....take your clothes off.

Gee. Do I sound bitter, or maybe just wiser?

All this is written with a ***BG**. (dontmeantoruinthethread)

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: MATT
Date: 18 Nov 99 - 10:52 PM

Dreadful Great

Unbroken Chain


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: gervase
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 08:59 AM

Yup, I don't think there could be two sentimal old sods with my name, so it must be me. I'll have to drop everything and look at the label sewn into my long woolly socks. On the subject of Bogle songs (and maybe a leetle off-topic), is it just me or is there alost a taboo about singing either the Green Fields of France or the Band Played Waltzing Matilda in 'serious' sessions? They're both stunningly effective 'drop everything' songs, but both have been sung to death, it seems, to the point where most of us are simply too embarrassed to sing them.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mbo
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 09:20 AM

Before October of this year, I had never heard either of them, which proves there are still some of us out there who haven't heard everything, and are just learning about what everyone else seems to know. We are carrying the musical legacy on to the next generation!

--Mbo


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 12:10 PM

It doesn't matter how often a song is sung, or done to death or whatever, there is always someone who hasn't heard it yet. How are songs going to be passed on, whether they are folk, classical, religious or just plain stupid (what is the tune for great green gobs of gopher goo??), if people feel they can't sing them anywhere? I hate 'The fields of Athenry' as much as the next man (what do you mean you like it....), heard it five times in one session a few years ago, but that doesn't mean that I couldn't stand hearing it again (under certain circumstances), and I know several people who heard the parody last year and had never heard the original. Do keep singing the songs, because that is the whole point of folk.

A song is like an inherited coat, it should feel a little uncomfortable at first, and then you wonder how you did without it. You wear it everywhere, until folks wonder if you ever had another coat. Then it goes out of fashion. You hang it in your wardrobe until a year or so has passed, and then someone will come along and ask where it went. You'll go home, take it out and ask if this is what they meant. They'll say, 'I've been looking for something like this', and the circle starts again.

I'm the worst person at heckling people who sing the same song continuously, once attended a club for a month where the 5 resident singers had a repertoire of seven, count them, seven songs between them....., but it does mean that I can sing those seven songs, practically in my sleep. There are people there who have never heard them, maybe I should start the circle going again.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: stonejohn
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 12:21 PM

"Bittersweet Waltz" Leon Redbone Hebrew Chorus from "Nabucco" by Rossini


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Sean Ruprecht-Belt
Date: 19 Nov 99 - 01:22 PM

Nice thread. All of these songs are sparking a great many good memories.

For me, "the song" changes constantly. For the last couple of weeks it's been "The Bay of Biscay" on the latest Waterson:Carthy CD. Of course "China Cat Sunflower", mentioned way earlier up above, is also special. My lovely daughter is named for it.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: d.west
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 11:45 PM

this is my first time here and it has kept me busy for over an hour reading others "stop dead in your tracks' songs and thinking about mine (thanks, i needed that!)

the first one that came to mind for me was elvis' are you lonesome tonight. i can remember the day it "literally" stopped me in my tracks. after that thay just came flooding in like the old friends they are. just recently, sarah mclaughlin (sp?) in the arms of the angels, took me quite by surprise. summertime. moonlight sonata. and yes, i am also a leonard cohen fan. gosh, there are many. and many that you all mentioned i have never heard, but would like to. oh, on tv one time i heard dwight yokum do in the garden, yes, it stopped me in my tracks. oops i belive the phrase was drop everything. there are so many folk and blues songs that do. that's why we love them. thanks, what a great thread and an interesting place.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Frankie
Date: 25 Nov 99 - 06:57 AM


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Frankie
Date: 25 Nov 99 - 07:29 AM

Whoops, let's try that again. I'd like to say it's House Carpenter or Matty Groves or something like that but it's Crossroads off Wheels of Fire by Cream that makes me assume the deer in the headlights position. The singing and playing is filled with such raw desperation it never fails to overwhelm me. Lil' Dorritt- Beeswing also does it to me. I never get to hear it here in Jimmy Buffett Land unless I put it on the hi-fi or sing it my self. Problem with the latter is I start choking up about 2/3'rds of the way through. Squeak- I loved your inherited coat analogy and totally agree with your assessment of Bleak Midwinter (not blowing smoke to get free VC). I learned an instrumental version of it last year and will start practising it today. Have you ever heard I Fell into a Vat of Chocolate by the Smothers Brothers? It will stop you in your tracks.

Happy Thanksgiving All, Frankie


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 99 - 09:54 AM

Ooh, Frankie re; vat of chocolate: never heard of it, but want to try it --- and the song as well....!

One that stopped me in my tracks recently was the Cliff Richard version of the Lord's Prayer, to the tune of Old Lang Syne - not because of what it is, which is a noble idea, but because a singer of his talent has made such a complete and utter bollocks of it, the phrasing is all to pieces and the content isn't moving with the tune. There were so many little things that could have been done to make it more singable, but that would have meant changing one or two words, and we know you can't possibly do that......... How he could have allied himself with the end result is beyond me... Ah well, it's a year early anyway. (Alright, alright, shuttup shuttup shuttup......)

LTS


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Subject: Bill,the birthday boy!
From: ericsymonds
Date: 25 Nov 99 - 06:04 PM

Right,you catters,the 26th,of November is Bill Sables' birthday so how about some collective comments on how it must feel to be THAT old. His life is as long as his hairy 'ol face And his music is a real treasure He's an artist,a poet,a man of good grace And to know him has been a......pleasure? Happy birthday to you etc.(key of G!) Ericsymonds


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Subject: Some of my list...
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 02:03 AM

Captain Torres by James Keelaghan Night Drive, and All That Is, by Garnet Rogers 39 Weeks and First Ride by Don Ross John Doe #24 by Mary Chapin Carpenter Pharisee by Stan Rigers, (but I prefer how Garnet does it) Flying Red Horse and Carnival Knolwedge by John Gorka Shady Gate, Ain't Life A Brook, and Shadows On A Dime by Ferron This Woman's Work by Kate Bush Broadsword, White Innocence, Budapest, Said She Was A Dancer, Dot Com and Bends Like A Willow by Jethro Tull

Just a scratch on the surface...

Oh ya... and when Liz, our bass player and I play the melody to She Moved Thorugh The Fair together, her on bass, me DADGAD capo 7th... chills... she rocks my world!


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 07:13 AM

Lots of the above, especially Smetana's "Moldau." The two that first came to mind were "When Your Lover Has Gone" (Einar Aaron Swan, 1931), as recorded by Carly Simon on her My Romance album. The other is Rodgers & Hart's "Where or When," as sung by a resonant-voiced woman I was mildly enamored with (grammar cops, I'm sorry).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Lesley Palmer
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:11 PM

"Desperado" by the Carpenters - Karen Carpenter was the most underrated singer I can think of "Over the Hills and Far Away" by whoever "Knights in White Satin" the Moody Blues


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 10:39 PM

Do you mean the 'Over the hills and far away' as sung by John Tams, the theme for the 'Sharpe' series? If so, it's available on CD, same name, credited to John Tams and Dominic Muldowney, and well worth getting, if only for the title song and Kate Rusby doing the 'Recruited Collier'. Now there's a SINGER who stops me in my tracks, and I'm a pretty straight sort of girl, but she gets me all hot and flustered... Lovely person she is too.

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Angela
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 11:21 PM

First time I heard "Magdalen Laundry" was on my car radio. I had to pull over into the emergency stopping lane, and bawl my eyes out. 'Scuse the ignorance, but I didn't catch the name of the woman singing it - someone 'McLoughlin' I think (who is probably SO well known to all the "dyed-in-the-wool's" that they're falling about laughing right now!) I have heard "Magdalen Laundry" recorded by another woman who shall remain nameless, but it seems a rather chill and antiseptic rendition to me, after my near-collision experience with the car-radio version.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Hagbardr
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 12:04 AM

1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson So Far Away - Dire Straits Maggie May - Rod Stewart King of Spain - Moxy Fruvous Take me to your Leader - Mojo Nixon Shenandoah - Almost any version, but I'm partial to Connie Dover's Any drinking song after three or more pints


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: MamaTamba
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 02:37 AM

Rhapsody in Blue

Ave Maria

Greensleeves


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 02:51 AM

Vincent Black Lightning 1952!Yessss! Thought I was the only one that liked that piece, being a redhead and all.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 03:56 AM

One I've heard a couple of times in the last few weeks and both times had to stop the car and listen: Buffy Sainte Marie's "My Country 'tis of Thy People We're Dying." Reba McEntire singing "Whoever's in New England," Arlo Guthrie with "City of New Orleans," Willy Nelson singing "Pancho and Lefty," the Beatles' "A Day in the Life," Billy Holiday and "God Save the Child" and "Strange Fruit," Paul Robeson singing "Ballad for Americans." Now I've gotta go back and read the rest of the thread to see how many of mine are on other people's lists.

--seed


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: dwditty
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 09:51 AM

There are many in this thread that are high on my list, and many others that are not included here. The one song I place above all others, though, is Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child."


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Ely
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 01:54 PM

King of Laoghis--mine is by Michael Rugg on mountain dulcimer

Don't Think Twice, it's All Right--Bob Dylan

Iowa--Dar Williams

Gaftai Baile Bui [sic]--the Chieftains

Brand New Companion--Townes Van Zandt

Church Street Blues--Norman Blake

Dipper of Stars--Howie Mitchell


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: stupidbodhranplayerwhodoesn'tknowanybetter
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 02:37 PM

Dulaman: Altan Song for Ireland: No matter who sings it The World Turned Upside Down: Once again,no matter whom Christmas in the Trenches: John McCutcheon (Yeah, I cry too for that one.) Just a Few More Days; Suzanne Thomas (She also sings a wonderful Hard Times) Shiver Me Timbers: Tom Waits (Also The House Band's version) Little Hands, San Jose; both by String Cheese Incident The Boys of Barr na Sraide: No matter who sings it The Bucks of Oranmore or Craig's Pipes (OK they're tunes not songs but they're the highlight of any ceili) Finally, to those who mentioned China Cat Sunflower,I agree. Also a good Dark Star always gives me chills.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Hagbardr
Date: 27 Nov 99 - 11:56 PM

Re: 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

I find it especially meaningful because "red hair and black leather" IS my favorite color scheme.....


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Metchosin
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 12:34 AM

Ahh... black leather.....mmmmm....I don't know if I'd be much fun though. The one and only time I was on a motor bike I drove my friends prized Motoguzzi into a fence and blackberry patch and bent his handlebars.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Frankie
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 06:30 AM

Liz, I've only seen/heard Cliff Richard one time that I'm aware of. He did a video with the Young Ones on their TV show and was bludgeoned at the end of it by the one with the red spiky hair. The Lords Prayer set to Auld Lang Syne? Could bring back the Dark Ages.

Lesley- Karen Carpenter, I have to admit, causes me to drop everything when she sings For All We Know.

Yes, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a worthy canidate for song of the millenium.

Frankie


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Penny S.
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 04:41 PM

Thomas Tallis' "Thou wast O God.." tune as in Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis ... but it needs the words.

Penny


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 04:49 PM

Frankie, Sir Cliff has just hit No 1 in the charts, bring on the Dark Ages, please!!! Makes you want to go and find Adrian Edmonson (the spiky haired one from 'The Young Ones') and ask for a repeat performance....

Yes, I know, there are thousands of Cliff fans out there, but there are just as many, if not more, music lovers.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: jim& sylvia
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 05:59 PM


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 12:23 AM

These are just a few of the songs that do this for ol' Art:

A.L. Bert Lloyd or Lee Murdock--Lady Franklin's Lament
Ed Trickett--Broken Hand
Jess Morris--Goodbye Old Paint
Emery DeNoyer--Sioux Indians
B.B. King--Five Long Years
Cindy Mangsen--Hard Is The Fortune
Alan Mills--Laddie-O
Harry Jackson--Clayton Boone
O.J. Abbott--By The Hush
Frank Crumit--The Women
Jerry Rasmussen--Coal Man Blues
Judy Stein--Bamboo Lou
Gene Autry--Ridin' Down The Canyon
Peter Bellamy--A-Roving On A Winter's Night
O. J. Abbott--Plains Of Waterloo
Frank Hamilton--Meadowlands, Livin' In The Country, The Ash Grove, Geordy
Vera Hall--The Boll Weevil
Charlie Butler--Diamond Jo
Lacy J. Dalton--16th Avenue
Emery DeNoyer--Lumberman's Life
Lou Killen--The Flying Cloud
Andrew Calhoun--Water Street
Jean Ritchie--Nottamun Town
Jack Elliott--South Coast, 912 Greens
Fred Holstein or Utah Phillips--Nevada Jane
Cindy Mangsen--The Wren
Craig Johnson--New Harmony
Howie Mitchell--Kitty Alone
Jack Teagarden--I Cover The Waterfront
Warren Nelson--The Keeper Of The Light
Wade Ward--June Apple
Bob Bovee & Gail Heil--Every Bush And Tree
George Armstrong--Reynardine
Jo-El Sonier--Come On Joe
Vern Smelzer--The Summer Of 1845
Glenn Ohrlin--Sam's Waiting For A Train
Jerry Rau--Hard Times, The Bluebird Special, Jenny Girl, Traveler, Cody Sang For Me, Eighty Acres
Cisco Houston--The Girl In The Wood, 'Dobe Bill
Skip Gorman--Immigrant's Lament For Oregon, Blue Mountain
Tom Paxton--Song For Cisco, Maryanne
Ernest Tubb--Waltz Across Texas
Ian Robb--They're Takin' It Away
Butch Hawes--Arthritis Blues
Wade Hemsworth--Thw Wild Goose, Shining Birch Tree, The Sailor And His Bride
Obray Ramsey--Jim Gunner Went Out To Kill A Fat Deer
Artus Moser--I Went Upon The Mountain
Paul Roseland--Squaws Along The Yukon, My 30-06 On The Wall, The Great Yukon
Paul Robeson--Lullabye, Old Man River
Sam McGee--An Old Rusty Wagon, Railroad Blues
Hank Williams--The Old Log Train, Lovesick Blues
The Stanley Brothers--The Hills Of Roane County
Horton Barker--At The Foot Of Yonders Mountain, The City Foursquare
Derroll Adams--Freight Train Blues
Don Williams--Good Old Boys Like Me
Stan Werbin--Cajun Rocky Top
Lightnin' Hopkins--The Foot Race Is On, Mama & Papa Hopkins
Pat Dunford--Deadheads and Suckers
Archie Fisher--Western Island
Peter & Lou Berryman--When The Moon Is Your Pillow
Craig Johnson & Double Decker Stringband--Giddyup Napoleon
Sparky Rucker--Delia
Lisa Null--Virginia's Alders
Vivian Richman--Lily Of The West, The Twenty Inch, Soho On Saturday Night, The Captain And His Wife On The Coast Of Maine
Ewan MacColl--North Sea Holes, Leaving Of Liverpool
New Lost City Ramblers--Private John Q., The Death Of Ellenton
Jo Stafford--Shenandoah
John Gorka--Down In The Mill Town
Gene Autry--The Death Of Mother Jones
Steve Gillette--The Old Trail, The River, Ways Of The World
Janet Smith--Lady Gay, Shule Aroon
John Kirby & Mildred Bailey--If I Had A Ribbon Bow
Jack Elliott--1913 Massacre
Dave Gordon--In Wyandotte County
Mike Seeger--The Stars Run Down
Utah Phillips--Old Delores, Phoebe Snow
Iris Dement--Let The Mystery Be
Jeannie Robertson--The Four Marys
The Bellamy Brothers--Kids Of The Baby Boom
Albrectsbarger--Concerto For Jew's Harp
Double Decker Stringband--Evolution Girl
George & Gerry Armstrong--Sundown, Simple Gifts
John Hartford--The Delta Queen Waltz
John MacCormack--Awake Not From Thy Sweet Repose, My Langen Love
Jim Watson--Don't Let Me Come Home A Stranger
Rick Lee--The Ludlow Massacre
Mrs. Hartley Minifie--The Girls Of Ontario
Tom Brandon--The Hobo's Grave
Mrs. Wm. Townes--What's The Life Of A Man
Fred Moore--Josh Slocum And The Spray
Cathy Barton & Dave Para--The Reindeer
Don McLean--Bronco Billy's Lament
Harry Tuft--Last Train To Glory
Gordon Bok--Arbutis
Burl Ives--The Comet Kahoutek
The Black Family--Napoleon In Russia
Tish Hinojosa--The Real West
Aaron Copland---The Promise Of Living, Our Town
Sean Davey--The Brendan Voyage
Ewan MacColl--A Man's A Man For A That, My Old Man, Shoals Of Herring
Jenny Armstrong--Icarus
Jud Strunk--Daisy A Day
Fred Campeau--Song For The Barbarossa
Tannahill Weavers---Auld Lang Syne
Pete Seeger--The Banks Of Champlain, Frozen Charlotte
Tommy Johnson--Big Road Blues
Willie Lofton--Dark Road Blues
Walter Vinson--Stop And Listen
Stan Rogers--Flying
Martyn Wyndham Read--Bold Reynolds
Don Lange--Ballad For Lord Franklin
Rev. Gary Davis--You Got To Move
Judy Collins--Colorado
Jim Ringer--California Joe
Tex Ritter--The Face On The Bar Room Floor
Bob Wills or Merle Haggard--My Little Cherokee Maiden
Spider John Koerner--The Good Old Earth Hangs In The Sky
Tommy Thompson--Hot Buttered Rum, Black Smoke Passenger Train Farewell
Emery Denoyer--Where Evergreens Do Grow, Jam At Garry's Rock, Little Brown Bulls
Doc Hopkins--One Vacant Chair, Dupree
Charlie Parker & Red Rodney---Lover Man
Mrs. Bessie Gordon--The Baggage Coach Ahead
Steve Goodman---Dying Cub Fan's Last Request, If Our Lives Were On Video Tape
Jimmy Buffett--He Went To Paris
Sandy Paton---Long A-growing, Katy Cruel
Woody Guthrie--Ranger's Command, Jackhammer John
Nina Simone--Cotton Eyed Joe
Johnny Carignan--Le Real Du Pindu
Tim O'Brien--Unwed Fathers
Glenn Miller--The White Cliffs Of Dover
Mississippi John Hurt--Louis Collins
Win Stracke and Studs Terkel---A Wee Drappie O't
Wilf Carter--The Mounties And The Trapper
Geoff Muldaur--Brazil
Rosalie Sorrels---The Star Of Bannock
Joe Hickerson--The Boreens Of Derry
Paul Clayton--Jack Haggerty And His Flat River Girl
Son House--Death Letter Blues
Kathy & Carol---Brightest and Best, The Blacksmith
Lorraine Lee--The Harvest Song
John MacCormack--Il Mio Tesoro
Bob Gibson--The Old Songs, You're Still Gonna Die, Matty Groves
Ian Tyson--Short Grass, The Renegade
Richard Dyer Bennett--Pull Off Your Old Coat
Marian Anderson--Deep River, Good Shepherd, Ride On King Jesus
Tom Russell--Blue Wing
Bok, Trickett & Muir---The Ways Of Man
Jack Guthrie--Oklahoma Hills
Pete Sutherland--Ashes
Lefty Frizell--Long Black Veil, Saginaw Michican
Jerry Rau---The Streets Of Dinky Town
Anne Hills--Follow That Road
Kieren Kane--Dirty Little Town
Grit Laskin---One Sunday Night In The City Of Light, My Turn
Cindy Mangsen--Dark Of The Moon, Bonny Light Horseman
Gordon Bok--Keep The Flame
Ricky Scaggs--Highway 40 Blues
Gordon Bok--The Brandy Tree
Bill Staines--Jolie Girl, Missouri Road Song, Where I Live, She Was A Sailor, The Quiet Faith Of Man
Frank Proffitt--Bonnie James Campbell, Hard Times On Beaver Dam Road
Bessie Smith--It's A Long Old Road Blues
McPeak Family---Wild Mountain Thyme
Louvin Brothers--When I Stop Dreaming
Tim Hardin--The Black Sheep Boy
Ed Miller--The Exiles
Billie Holiday--Lover Man
Sons Of The Pioneers--So Long To The Red River Valley, Montana, Way Out There, Oklahoma, Long Long Trail A-Winding, Salt River Valley, River Of No ReturnPat Foster--A Trip Across The Plains
Bob Gibson & Bob Camp---Me And Jimmie Rodgers
John Hartford--The Mystery Below
Kate Wolf--The Times We're Living In
Kris Kristofferson--To Beat The Devil
Art Garfunkel--Barbara Allen
Hezekiah Jenkins--The Panic Is on
Andy Irvin & Patrick Street--Tom Joad (new tune)
John Hartford--Lorena, Kentucky Pool
Dry Branch Fire Squad--Land Of The Big Machines
Dave Gordon--Pie Alamo
Tom T. Hall---Old Dogs And Children
Bodie Sturdevant---Aint No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
David Mallett--Change Of The Seasons
Thelonious Monk--Round Midnight
Vasilios Gaitanos--Song For Greece
Ian Robb--You Tyrants Of England
Howie Bursen--Joshua Gone Barbados
Robert Earl Keen--The Road Goes On
Walkin' Jim Stoltz--Listen To The Wind

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: lamarca
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 11:01 AM

Boy, Art - if you drop everything and just listen when any of these songs are playing, you must not get very much done....Great list!

We live down the street from Lisa Null; I've never heard Virginia Alders, so I'll pester her to remember it sometime. I also have never heard a recording of Woodie Guthrie doing Tom Joad, so I didn't realize Andy Irvine's version is a new tune. I love the way they weave in "John Hardy" with the song. Where could I find Woodie's original?


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Margaret\W
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 11:45 AM

What about.....?

The Forsaken Mermaid - Eliza Carthy (from the latest CD) Most songs from 'Hindsight' - Coope Boyes Simpson On Raglan Road - Cathal McConnell and Boys of the Lough Dance to tha Daddy - sung by my dad, as only he can!

and on a less folky note (and perhaps because it's that time of year)Severn Meadows, written by Ivor Gurney, and The Lads in their Hundreds set by George Butterworth. Both lovely English miniatures, not well enough known. And there isn't enough Peter Warlock stuff being sun these days either (or maybe I'm biased).

Margaret


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Joan
Date: 29 Nov 99 - 10:19 PM

Lamarca...Art...Virginia's Alders? I think that's a song Sara Grey and I did called Friends and Neighbors. Bet if you can't find it by one, it'll be listed by the alder. j


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Bikerbob
Date: 30 Nov 99 - 05:15 PM

The Last Leviathan -Roy Bailey version, Beeswing by RT himself and The band played Waltzing Matilda would all be within my stop-dead selection. To these add:

'Who knows where the time goes' and 'Banks of the Nile' fronted by the great Sandy Denny.

Nic Jones: 'Cana - de - io'and others

Dick Gaughan: 'Song for Ireland' and others

June Tabor: 'The king of Rome'

McCarthy/Swarbrick: 'Biker Hill'

Dr.John: 'Tipitina'

Nanci Griffith: 'The wing and the wheel'

The Byrds: 'Eight miles high'

Richard Thompson: 'Vincent Black Lightning' and 'The dimming of the day'

Fred Small: 'Larry the polar bear' and'Leslie is different'

James Keelaghan 'Kiri's piano'

Miles Davis 'Blue in Green'

Reuben's Train - 'It rained, it mist', 'Shawnee Town'

I've forgotten more.... than I could ever list here. Great to share such significant times with the world in this way.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 10:28 AM

On Recordings...

When Fortune Turns The Wheel - Louis Killen
The Trail to Mexico - Don Edwards
It Was All For Our Rightful King - The Battlefield Band
After Aughrim's Great Disaster - The Voice Squad
Canadee-i-o - Nic Jones
Come On In My Kitchen - Robert Johnson
Shearing At Castlereagh - Gerry Hallam
The Tour Of The Dales - The Watersons
The Maid Of Loggins Green - Jim McFarland
The Islanders Lament - The Green Fields Of America
Willie Taylor - Frank Harte
The Rich Man's Daughter - Peta Webb
Little Musgrave - Planxty
Roller Bowler - Stormalong John
Gil Morice - Ewan MacColl
The Green Fields of Canada - Paddy Tunney
Craigie Hill - Dick Gaughan
Pine Grove Blues - Nathan Abshire
The Begging Song - Martin Carthy
The Heights Of Alma - Ian Robb
Jerry Go And Oil That Car - Art Thieme
Follow Me 'Ome - Peter Bellamy
Una Bhan - Máire Áine Ní Dhonnachadha
Sitting On Top Of The World - Johnny Shines
Nobby Hall - Simon Ritchie
When First I Came To Caledonia - Waterson:Carthy
The Boys Of Mullaghbawn - Skylark
Smuggling The Tin - Providence
Little Sadie - Doc Watson


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GREEN WELLIES
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 10:35 AM

'Streets' Ralph McTell. I know some think its a bit commercial, and there was a time when he didnt like it and wouldnt sing it. But he did it last night and it really is a great song.

The other is Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Middler it was our friends favourite song and was played at his funeral. I have to turn it off when its on the radio.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,Elmore
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 03:01 PM

" No Telling" by Linda Thompson"


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 03:34 PM

Anything that makes me get up and Dance.
That'll be mainly House Music, Drum 'n' Base and Electronica probably, I have definite and unashamed weak spots for some cheesy tracks like this: Gypsy Woman, Put Your Hands up For Detroit. And others like this: Sunking, Veneranda

Though I can also do dancing to blokes banging bongos/djembes etc. (doesn't *have* to be synthesised), I guess it's all the same really as long as you're barefoot, throwing yourself about like a nut-head, while remaining just enough on the right side of sober/drunk to not quite fall over..


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 04:46 PM

If this is about "What song makes you drop everything," I guess that you're pretty busy dropping stuff, Art Thieme! Anyway, I'm glad I made your list.....    Jean


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 04:58 PM

"Havin' My Baby", by Paul Anka.

First my jaw drops. Then I drop everything I'm carrying. Then I drop my pants. Then I pass out cold on the floor.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Artful Codger
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 05:16 PM

"Taps"


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 05:28 PM

I am going to be literal...

Rheumatoid Arthritis makes me drop everything and bump into everything and shuffle as though I am the head of the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Well... actually The Ramones - Beat on the Brat.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: melodeonboy
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 06:02 PM

"The Blacksmith" by Shirley Collins.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 06:58 PM

I was at a Celtic event one sunny Memorial Day when I heard a lone highland piper playing a mornful tune. I stopped and listened raptly until it was completed, trying to place the name of the melody. As the piper was finishing to great applause, I realized that it was the tune to a song I had written many years before. The piper had learned it from another celtic performer and had no idea that I had written it. It was very cool.

Mike


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Nick
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 07:03 PM

Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Sandy Denny with Fairport
First Boy I Loved - Judy Collins
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Wind Cries Mary - Hendrix
If I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
You - Bonnie Raitt
Blackbird - Crosby Stills and Nash
Travels - Pat Metheney
James - Pat Metheney
Always with you, always with me - Joe Satriani
Canyon Moonrise - John McGann
Aretha Franklin going for it
A Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
Floating from Skerry - by Lynn Tocken but I've only ever heard ourselves or friends play it

To not even scratch the surface

I get distracted a lot.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: oldhippie
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 08:14 PM

The Trumpet Vine - Kate Wolf
A Better Place To Be - Harry Chapin
The Saints Who Have Never Been Caught - Larry Jon Wilson


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: beeliner
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 01:15 AM

"Popcorn" by Hot Butter.

Absolutely mesmerizing.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Annette Munnelly
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 05:20 AM

Last week we had our Clare Festival of Traditional Singing. One of the guests was Aine Uí Cheallaigh, sean nos singer par excellence. She sang an english translation of Donal Óg and stuck me to the floor, as well as everyone else at the session. It always gets me, in Irish or English, the sheer despair of it all, not to mention the beauty of words and air.   I love Leontyne Price singing O Holy Night and would not let Christmas eve go by without hearing it at least once.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Lighter
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 09:35 AM

Point of interest:

A count of the titles mentioned since the start of this thread indicates that almost 90% of the songs/melodies most loved by Catters (that make them drop everything) are...

*not* traditional.

(I didn't count performances. For example, Steeleye versions of trad songs counted as "traditional" despite the modern style.)

Thoughts?


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,Sookite
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 11:31 AM

"Largo" from Dvorak's S "Ymphony for the New World"

Sookite


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: foggers
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 01:15 PM

Jez Lowe's "The last of the Widows" which is about the Easington colliery disaster in the early 50s absolutely chokes me up cos my dad was an Easington man who lost a lot of friends that day. I love the song and would love to perform it but I really don't think I could ever keep my composure to do so. Similarly, Jean Ritchie's "West Virginia Mining Disaster song" is deeply moving in its simplicity and the perspective of a waiting wife.

The sheer variety of songs and music listed here is fascinating! I adore Janis Joplin and agree the comments that her intensity of performance was in a class of its own.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: The Villan
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 01:28 PM

You can keep your hat on.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 02:46 PM

'Dry Land' Joan Armatrading

'Here, There & Everywhere' the Beatles finest love song

'Fareweel Regality' Terry Conway's wonderful song resurrected by the Unthanks on the 'Bairns' album.

'Cherish' Nina Simone.

'The Good Old Way' The Watersons

'My Young Man' Kate Rusby. When that silver band comes in at the end I'm just a goner, Kleenex everywhere!

'Gloryland' Waterson:Carthy When I finally drop everything I'm going through those final curtains to this one!


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Arkie
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 09:23 PM

Suzanne Vega's "The Queen and the Soldier"

The Queen And The Soldier

The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
He said, "I am not fighting for you any more"
The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before
And slowly she let him inside.
He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will
Only first I am asking you why."
Down in the long narrow hall he was led
Into her rooms with her tapestries red
And she never once took the crown from her head
She asked him there to sit down.
He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun
And now will you tell me why?"
The young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
But she closed herself up like a fan.
And she said, "I've swallowed a secret burning thread
It cuts me inside, and often I've bled"
He laid his hand then on top of her head
And he bowed her down to the ground.
"Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel
As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed
But I won't march again on your battlefield"
And he took her to the window to see.
And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was gray
And she wanted more than she ever could say
But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away
And would not look at his face again.
And he said, "I want to live as an honest man
To get all I deserve and to give all I can
And to love a young woman who I don't understand
Your highness, your ways are very strange."
But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached
She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
She would only be a moment inside.
Out in the distance her order was heard
And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word
And while the queen went on strangling in the solitude she preferred
The battle continued on


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 06:00 AM

During WWII the BBC banned "Deep in the heart of Texas" as workers in the munitions factories would stop working while it was playing, and even clap hands, or bang things (dangerous that!).


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,biff
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 03:58 PM

abraham martin and john - dion
totally sentimental, inspiring and sad but I like it


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Cuilionn
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 08:40 PM

The Joy of Living--Ewan MacColl, but I like Geordie McIntyre & Alison McMorland's version best.

The Freedom Come-All-Ye--Hamish Henderson (sung by jist aboot onyane!)

Cholla Mo Run (and just about any old Gaelic song delivered with passion and vigor)

Galileo--Indigo Girls

We Who Believe in Freedom--Sweet Honey in the Rock


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 08:56 PM

The Stripper?

:D (eG)


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,seth in Olympia
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 10:16 PM

I was in a gloomy situation in small town north China a few years back and a friend helped me with my computer and after a while the Louis Armstrong version of " La Vie en Rose" came out and that cracked my shell for sure.
seth


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,Jack Warshaw
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 08:07 AM

anything authentic, passionate and infused with great musicianship


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: Mooh
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 09:06 AM

Lots of church choral and/or pipe organ music. I get a regular fix from OrganLive and BBC radio online. Loud and proud happened long before rock and roll.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 02:14 PM

Hi, Alaska Mike. Thanks for the cool story about the piper playing your tune.

The same thing happened to me when I heard an alleluia I had composed being sung in a church 200 miles away. Naturally it turned out that somebody there knew somebody here who knew me and who had passed the song along. But first hearing my own tune in a totally new place gave me the oddest feeling.

I have two of your CD's. Just a couple weeks ago we were singing your song about the changing of the clocks. It took us three days to find them all.
=========
Thanks to all here who have listed songs. I've been scanning the posts looking for songs to play on my dulcimer.

If you have more than one song, it really helps if you post a list rather than a paragraph.

My contribution: I drop everything for "This Old House" as sung by Rosemary Clooney, with its joyous honky-tonk piano background.


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Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
From: nygelgoose
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 02:18 PM

June Tabors' version of No Mans Land makes me vry my eyes out


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