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Origins: Danegeld

GUEST,Senoufou 10 Nov 16 - 04:04 AM
DaveRo 10 Nov 16 - 05:02 AM
Jack Campin 10 Nov 16 - 05:39 AM
GUEST,Senoufou 10 Nov 16 - 07:47 AM
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Subject: Origins: Danegeld
From: GUEST,Senoufou
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 04:04 AM

Has anyone heard a song by Leslie Fish called Danegeld? I've just stumbled across it while browsing. The lyrics are a poem by Rudyard Kipling. I'm wondering if the tune was composed specially, or if it's an old folk tune which Mr Fish has used for the purposes of his song.
It actually sounds familiar. ("Here we go again!" I hear you say. "Old Senoufou trying to identify a tune!")


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Subject: RE: Origins: Danegeld
From: DaveRo
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 05:02 AM

Here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvNtaCFe_KE

From the album 'Undertaker's Horse' apparently.

She's done a load of Kipling stuff:
http://lesliefish.com/cds.htm


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Subject: RE: Origins: Danegeld
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 05:39 AM

The tune and metric structure is a bit like Brian McNeill's "Bonny Yew Tree" (though Fish makes her point in far fewer words).

A more distant antecedent might be "Sam Hall"/"Ye Jacobites By Name".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Danegeld
From: GUEST,Senoufou
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 07:47 AM

Oh crumbs! It's woman, not a man. Oops, sorry. Only, one usually spells the female name Lesley, not Leslie.
I reckon 'Ye Jacobites By Name' is the tune that Danegeld conjures up in my head, so well done Jack.
I've always liked Kipling's poem 'Danegeld'. I like it's 'bugger off' attitude to extortion and dominance.
Mudcat never fails!


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