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Songs that haunt you

17 Nov 00 - 06:15 AM (#342227)
Subject: Songs that haunt you
From: mcpiper

I don't know if there has been a thread about this before, but does anyone have songs or tunes that just seem to haunt them.

By haunting,I mean they won't go away until you have learnt them, and played them until you are comfortable with them. Only then do they seem to have been exorcised.

My list would have to include Ode to Billie Joe, it's had me ever since it came out, last week it was Still Crazy after All These Years, before that Hard Times, On Raglan Road and I suspect the next one will be, of all things, Vengaboys with Uncle John from Jamaica. There has been a few reels, marches, jigs etc., but the recent thread on Billie Joe really got me thinking.

Does this happen to anyone else?

mcpiper


17 Nov 00 - 06:46 AM (#342237)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Adolfo

Every time I notice I'm humming it's Danny Boy, Highland Cathedral or The Water Is Wide. Dowland's Flow my tears or Purcell's arias are next in the list


17 Nov 00 - 07:05 AM (#342245)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mkebenn

last night I washsed the Queen's feet, and put the gold in her hair, and the only reward I find for this the gallows to be my share.


17 Nov 00 - 08:57 AM (#342284)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Grab

Anji. Still does. And it drives my wife round the bend. :-)

Grab.


17 Nov 00 - 10:59 AM (#342373)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: jaze

For the past 2 months I've been haunted by On Raglan Road by Joan Osborne. Can't get it out of my mind,but I'm not at all tired of it. I went thru a Mary Hamilton phase too after reading James Michener's "The Drifters" Must say I really enjoy being "haunted" by great songs.


17 Nov 00 - 11:03 AM (#342378)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: SINSULL

mkebenn - Just got a shiver. Guess I am haunted.


17 Nov 00 - 12:49 PM (#342452)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mousethief

Pacing the Cage by Bruce Cockburn

O..O
=o=


17 Nov 00 - 12:54 PM (#342461)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Steve Latimer

Evangeline from The Band's "The Last Waltz." I think this was the first time I ever heard Emmylou Harris and it sent chills down my spine, still does.


17 Nov 00 - 12:57 PM (#342464)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Jim Krause

Oh, yes! I just had to learn Spanish Is the Loving Tongue after hearing a Michael Martin Murphey recording of it. Hearing that song made me wonder if perhaps we really do get but one chance at true love per lifetime.

And then there were the songs that came from somewhere in outer space that just had to be written. I hope someday to record a few more of them. Soddy


17 Nov 00 - 01:28 PM (#342493)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: MMario

I tend to be haunted by songs until I learn them, then they leave me in peace. A few of the more recent: Three Score and Ten, The Mother's Kiss, An Emigrant's Daughter.


17 Nov 00 - 01:40 PM (#342502)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,kendall

John Cherokee


17 Nov 00 - 01:53 PM (#342511)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Morticia

Like MMario, this happens to me all the time, all my life. I am fanatical about a song until I've learned it and then, mostly, I can put it back in the "With luck, I'll remember you when I want you" box (which is becoming a tad unreliable over the last year or two). One song that continues to haunt however is "Now, Westlin Winds" because it has such a beautiful tune.


17 Nov 00 - 02:47 PM (#342548)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: fat B****rd

now's the time, the sidewinder, begin the beguine, annie by ronnie lane, you can't sit down, etc., and not forgetting 'Living with the Blues' by Brownie McGhee which i would be haunted by if only some mf would tell me the lyrics.

peace etc fB


17 Nov 00 - 02:50 PM (#342550)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: fat B****rd

ps that's the sidewinder by lee morgan RIP and not (with respect) rem

fB


18 Nov 00 - 02:52 PM (#343100)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,chuck 7721

"Deep River Blues" and "Single Girl"


18 Nov 00 - 03:10 PM (#343106)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Oldtimemusic1@aol.com

Ah, but I might as well try and "Catch the Wind"


18 Nov 00 - 03:51 PM (#343121)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: MK

When She Loved Me - Sarah MacLachlan
In A New York Minute - Don Henley
Time and Tide - Basia
Corazon Espinado - Santana
Tears in Heaven and Layla - Eric Clapton
Julia - John Lennon
The Hungry Years- Neil Sedaka
Take 5 - Paul Desmond
Rhapsody In Blue - George Gershwin
Spain - Chick Corea (Al Jarreau version)
Alonzo - Al Jarreau
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John (Oletta Adams version)
Don't Hold Back Your Love - Daryl Hall
Cloudburst - Hendricks, Lambert and Ross Europa - Gato Barbieri

...and the soundtrack from the Wizard of Oz (especially anything to do with Munchkins!)


18 Nov 00 - 06:01 PM (#343160)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Mickey191

Jaze, I played "On Raglan Road" by Joan Osborn at least 50 times yesterday. Today I've had on a CD by Michael McCann. It has songs sung by soldiers in different wars. Today I was stuck on "Lorena". Liner notes say Confederate commanders forbade the playing of it because it made men so homesick that they deserted. These are two haunting songs. Great thread. Slainte


18 Nov 00 - 07:41 PM (#343190)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Clinton Hammond2

I think the last earworm I had was for Kiri's Piano, by James Keelaghan... But I'd been enjoying that one for years before I decided to sit down and learn it... When I did it took me all of maybe 3 minutes...

Been getting a lot of new stuff off Napster lately so my earworm is more like a juke-box these days... think about it for a sec and the tune changes...

:-)


18 Nov 00 - 07:47 PM (#343192)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

"Ode to Billie Joe" --Bobbie Gentry

"Sammy's Bar" --Cyril Tawney (on the Golden Ring record)

"North Country Blues", "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" --Bob Dylan

"Flying Shoes", "You Are Not Needed Now" --Townes Van Zandt

"All the Pretty Little Horses" --trad.

"Billy Gray", "When the Fields Are White with Daisies" --Norman Blake

"Powderfinger" --Neil Young (I've got the Cowboy Junkies' version)

"Gaftaí Baile Buí" --trad. Irish (?).


18 Nov 00 - 07:54 PM (#343197)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Clinton Hammond2

Ely... or whoever...

Is that the Sammy's Bar covered by Garnet Rogers on his CD Summer Lightning?


18 Nov 00 - 08:02 PM (#343199)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Matt_R

How To Disappear Completely --Radiohead


18 Nov 00 - 08:22 PM (#343210)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: catspaw49

Some I learn, some I don't. Some come to me after hearing them for years and never giving them a second thought..."Lay Down Your Weary Tune" comes to mind as one of those.

The other night I went to sleep with a tape playing in the VCR of a movie. I had taped other things following the movie but I had no idea what. Turns out that there was a televised episode of Prairie Home Companion (maybe 10 years old?) at the end of the tape and I woke up to Emmylou singing an Allen Reynolds song, very gospelly/bluegrass, called "Someday My Ship Will Sail." Its very short, but I can tell you its already hit the category you're talking about. It just grabbed me and won't let go. BTW, her mando player was a young and unknown Vince Gill.

Spaw


18 Nov 00 - 10:15 PM (#343270)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Little Hawk

Along the lines you suggest...any number of Dylan songs, "Starwalker" by Buffy Sainte-Marie, "Moonshot" also by Buffy, "Ain't No Cure For Love" by Leonard Cohen. I really like "Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum too, but haven't played it as yet, and probably never will.

Then there is the other kind of song that haunts me...like a bad odor that won't go away..."Achy Breaky Heart" and "Farmer's Song" (Murray McLaughlin), for example. "Billy Don't Be A Hero" and Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy", not to mention "Tonight's The Night". Eeeee-YECH!!! Olivia Newton-Joke doing "I Honestly Love You". "I've Never Been To Me"...

Argh! Gasp! Retch!!!


18 Nov 00 - 10:21 PM (#343278)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Matt_R

Thanks LH, I knew it couldn't go on much longer before the WHAT DO YOU HATE started seeping in.


18 Nov 00 - 11:01 PM (#343312)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mcpiper

Thanks for replying and keeping this thread going.

I was wrong, the next tune to haunt me was not a Vengaboys number, but the good ol Tennessee Waltz. It just hit me the other night. I'll have find a nice fingerpicking guitar version before this one is put to rest.

mcpiper


18 Nov 00 - 11:06 PM (#343318)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,harpgirl

...Delia...The Maid on The Shore...Delta Queen Waltz...


18 Nov 00 - 11:11 PM (#343322)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,harpgirl

Whoa Back Buck...Green Corn...Linin' Track...So Early Early in the Spring...Looky Looky Yonder...Black Betty...Steam Powered Aereo Plane...


18 Nov 00 - 11:13 PM (#343324)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Little Hawk

Sorry, Matt, just couldn't resist. I know you like almost everything, which probably proves just what a likeable chap (to use a British expression) you actually are. Try to look upon it with humour...I do. It's actually kind of amusing how some songs drive certain people up the wall, don't you think? "Achy Breaky", for example, is a superb line dancing song...but I think it got overplayed for a while there...and I'm not into line dancing anyway. If I was, I'd probably like it much better.


18 Nov 00 - 11:22 PM (#343329)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: richlmo

Birds by Neil Young. For 25 years when I hear of Neil Young that song comes into my head. Such a beautiful melody.


18 Nov 00 - 11:46 PM (#343342)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: WyoWoman

(In the Arms of the) Angel, Sarah McLachlan
I Am Stretched on Your Grave, Kate Rusby
Bold Riley, Kate Rusby
Two-Way Waltz, Kate Wolf
Gracias a La Vida, various ...

Probably because I'm learning these right now.

Sometimes a song will crop up in my mind and stick with me insistently until I pay attention to what it's trying to tell me. My subconscious sings to me and it's important that I listen because it gives me all kinds of 'coded' messages that way that clue me in to what's going on in my heart and soul. (An easy example is not being able to get "Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" out of my mind for a couple of weeks before the Man Formerly Known As My Fiance walked out of my life unannounced. If I'd just LISTENED ... )

ww


19 Nov 00 - 01:51 AM (#343381)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Thyme2dream

Sarah MacLachlan's 'Angel' has haunted me since the first time I heard it...a seriously lonesome song that, and it so echos the way I feel a lot of the time..."glorious sadness, that brings me to my knees".


19 Nov 00 - 01:52 AM (#343382)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

I'm not familiar with Garnet Rogers. It's the one that goes, "I went down to Sammy's Bar [hey, the last boat's a leavin'] at the shores of Pieta [call away the daighsoe] . . ." About the girl who likes the other guy because he has a "Yankee" car, and then she's killed when he turns too sharply.


19 Nov 00 - 01:54 AM (#343383)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

Mom says to add "Darcy Farrow" (and seconds "Sammy's Bar"). I should probably put the "The Jute Mill Song" on here.

I can never get the tunes to "Amelia's Waltz" [Bob McQuillan] or "Midnight on the Water" [Luke Thomasson] out of my head, either. Or "Hot Buttered Rum" [Red Clay Ramblers].


19 Nov 00 - 04:40 AM (#343395)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Liz the Squeak

Ya had to go and mention that bloody Paper Lace thing didn't you.... now it'll be bloody Billy don't be a sodding hero all flaming day!!! I will make sure you burn in your own personal ZZ Topp hell for that!

I'm beng haunted by a hymn called 'Cradle O Lord in your arms everlasting' - as heard on Songs of Praise last week. It's haunted me ever since we learned it for the programme in October, and I wish I could remember more than the first line... it was written by a teacher, one of whose pupils was killed in a car crash (thread creep, today is Road Crash Sunday, when we are supposed to think of those killed and injured in road accidents.... jolly huh?) and it is a poignant song about the death not only of what the child was, but what they could have become.... and how God will cradle them and care for them now that they are no longer with their families.

LTS


19 Nov 00 - 05:11 AM (#343409)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ronaldo

Yes, it happens all the time but it can happen with obscure but melodious words (what did he say?) as well as with tunes.. mostly the latter.


19 Nov 00 - 10:45 AM (#343448)
Subject: Sammy's Bar...
From: Clinton Hammond2

Thanks Ely...

That is the same song that Garnet Rogers covered... And you should look it up... His version is pretty sweet... That voice... wow...

It's on his 'live' album (is there another way to record?) "Summer Lightning"

{-:


19 Nov 00 - 11:51 AM (#343466)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,mactheturk,

Steamboat Whistle Blues

Spoon River

Paradise


19 Nov 00 - 01:46 PM (#343492)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Adolfo

"Ombra mai fú", I had forgotten to mention this.


20 Nov 00 - 03:59 AM (#343809)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: CarolC

It's not so much that I'm haunted by it, as it is that I feel compelled to play it constantly...Kate Martyn's Waltz.


20 Nov 00 - 05:00 AM (#343822)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,micca at work

The Trees They Do Grow High by the Dransfields
Mother nature is sound (first line of the chorus; don't know the title) as above
Mollymauk sung by Jeri, (this has driven me nuts for weeks Until I tried singing it,in public, it is still driving me nuts, but I'm working on it)


20 Nov 00 - 05:35 AM (#343827)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Trevor

I've got my CD player on repeat on the Altan version of 'Jug of Punch' and I know it won't go away until I've got the 'diddley diddley' bits at the end right!


20 Nov 00 - 07:02 AM (#343856)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mkebenn

They buried Willy in The old church yard, and Barbara Allen beside him,
And from Willy's heart there grew a rose, from Barbara Allen's, a briar.
The grew and grew up the old church wall, 'till they could grow no higher.
And then they tied in a true lover's knot, the rose grew 'round the briar.

MB


20 Nov 00 - 09:52 AM (#343925)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Fibula Mattock

Spiritualised's "Ladies and Gentlemen we are floating in space", one of the most beautiful sounding and shiver-causing songs I have ever heard. But not one that could ever be played by anyone else. Folkwise, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley".


20 Nov 00 - 11:10 AM (#343959)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Matt

Ely, I'm wondering in what way does "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" haunt you? I never found rip-roaring songs to be that haunting.


20 Nov 00 - 11:44 AM (#343992)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Steve Latimer

She Moved through the Fair is one of the most haunting melodies I've heard.

Dylan's A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall for the lyrics.


20 Nov 00 - 01:44 PM (#344073)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Jim the Bart

"Handbags and Gladrags" by Rod Stewart (although he didn't write it) and "Dimming of the Day" (written by Richard Thompson and recorded superbly by Bonnie Raitt) are two songs that I have never been able to play to my satisfaction. This is probably because the original versions were so strong.

There are also two jazz standards that I would love to sing some day: "I Can't Get Started" and "Lush Life". There is a version of Lush Life by John Coltrane, with Johnny Hartman singing, that is so world-weary. . .


20 Nov 00 - 02:11 PM (#344091)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Melani

Stan Rogers' "The Mary Ellen Carter" Talk about advice from beyond the grave. I was also hung up on "Calliope House" for about 15 years.


20 Nov 00 - 05:18 PM (#344166)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

Guest Matt, I've never thought "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" was rip-roaring.

I think the emotions described in it are a cut--several cuts--above the usual failed-relationship songs. Maybe it's just me, personally.


20 Nov 00 - 05:56 PM (#344189)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Right now it's "All the Tunes in the World", words by Ewan McVicar. After the Derry, NH Saturday blast it has a double haunting- the achingly lovely words I must know, and the deep, deep joy of singing it with friends all over the world via Paltalk and right there in 3d!


21 Nov 00 - 08:16 AM (#344407)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Callie

It's usually the songs I like but don't quite know. So put them on a tape and play them in the car over and over and over until I could sing them in my sleep.

Years later, when I hear one of these, it reminds me of the time when I was fanatical about that particular tune and it can take me back to that place.

Examples:

the entire Joni Mitchell album "Blue"
the entire Elvis Costello album "Brutal Youth"
Bob Dylan's song that starts "oh my love she speaks like silence" ["Love Minus Zero/No Limit"]
Anything by Jeff Buckley
Edie Brickell singing "Billionaire"
Tim Finn's "Crescendo"

Callie


21 Nov 00 - 09:24 AM (#344453)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: kendall

Utah Phillips' WILD IRISH ROSE...
..some will lead the crippled, some will lead the blind
But, what of alms for him whose wound is of the mind...


21 Nov 00 - 09:36 AM (#344459)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Steve Latimer

Callie,

The Dylan song is Love Minus Zero/No Limit. It's from the wonderful album Bringing It All Back Home.


21 Nov 00 - 10:00 AM (#344471)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Matt_R

I guess I must be too familiar with Mike Ness' interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" His is a boom-chicka-boom thumper that is not sad in the least, but a great "blow-off" song, similar to Ronnie Milsap's "Button Off My Shirt".


21 Nov 00 - 10:05 AM (#344475)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,D_hand

'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda'

'From Galway to Graceland'


21 Nov 00 - 10:34 AM (#344499)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Ol' Dad Gad

Lady Franklin's Lament:
"I dreamed a dream, and thought it true."

Midnight on the Water; I think someone mentioned that.

The Lonesome Roving Wolves; Rosalie Sorrels used to sing this quietly and unaccompanied and raise your hair up.

And a fragment of something that Steeleye Span slipped between the verses of The Weaver and The Factory Maid:
Oh, when I was a tailor, I carried my bodkin and shears ...
And wherever I go, here's the jolly bold weaver again

Never found any more to it than the one verse. The harmonies (Maddy Prior and Maddy Prior ) stay in my head always.


21 Nov 00 - 11:54 AM (#344578)
Subject: Lyr Add: YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH^^
From: Amergin

Here's one that always stays so near to my heart....

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart's an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul.
Mr. Grinch.

I wouldn't touch you, with a
thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.

You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile.
Mr. Grinch.

Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crockodile.

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You're a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk.
Mr. Grinch.

The three words that best describe you,
are, and I quote: "Stink. Stank. Stunk."

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You're the king of sinful sots.
Your heart's a dead tomato splot
With moldy purple spots,
Mr. Grinch.

Your soul is an apalling dump heap overflowing
with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable
rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseaus super-naus.
You're a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse.
Mr. Grinch.

You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool
sandwich
With arsenic sauce.

What's really great with this song is that the name Mr. Grinch can be substituted with other names, like Harry Fox for example....Isn't it great how the folk process works?

Amergin


21 Nov 00 - 02:13 PM (#344679)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

I've just got the old Dylan version (and Peter, Paul, and Mary, but I don't like theirs nearly as much). Not quite sad, but maybe . . . contemplative? I know that's really vague.


21 Nov 00 - 05:37 PM (#344765)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Pixie

Alison Moorer's "A Soft Place to Fall" and Kate Wolfe's "Here In California". Although there are a lot more those are two that really stand out for me.


21 Nov 00 - 10:11 PM (#344902)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Jimmy C

Many songs stick in my head and wont go away until I have learned them and played them. The following few really haunted me for a while.

Civil War Songs = Lorena and The Vacant Chair

John Prine's - Paradise

Don McLean's - Vincent

also "The Rose of Allendale" and a song from The Isle of Man caled "The Laxey Wheel"


22 Nov 00 - 12:23 AM (#344953)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Thyme2dream

"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is kind of sad to me cos I remember my dad singing it a lot when he and my mom were breaking up...real life meets art, etc.

Am I missing something, or are the words to Love Minus Zero/No Limit really NOT in the digitrad? It was nice to have my memory jogged about that song, I think it will be the one to haunt me now til I learn it and sing it for my darlin:-)


22 Nov 00 - 08:38 AM (#345041)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Michael in Swansea

She Moved through the Fair

After the Gold Rush

Spinning Wheel, (one of the two "lullabies" my maternal grandmother used to sing me to sleep with, the other being "Kevin Barry")

Can We Go Home Now?


22 Nov 00 - 11:47 AM (#345153)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: oubliette

haunting, for me, means that a song crawls into my head just when i think i've put it to rest by playing or singing it over and over again. with that in mind (no pun intended!), my top three would be "Follow Me Up to Carlow", "Danny Boy", and Steeleye Span's version of "Wife of the Soldier".

if i include pop music, "The Things I Do For Money" (The Northern Pikes), "Nobody's Hero" (Rush), "Foolish Games" (Jewel), and "Valparaiso" (Sting) would be on my list, too.

an album that i find myself playing over and over again is Sting's _Soul Cages_. if you're looking for some extremely haunting songs (mostly involving the ocean), it's definitely one to watch out for.


22 Nov 00 - 11:54 AM (#345156)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,dan evergreen

Allison Kraus's "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" is very haunting.


22 Nov 00 - 03:52 PM (#345275)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mrmoejoerisen

"Where Have All the Flowers Gone" By Pete Seeger; gets me in the heartstrings everytime I hear it.


22 Nov 00 - 04:48 PM (#345295)
Subject: Lyr Add: LOVE MINUS ZERO/NO LIMIT^^
From: Steve Latimer

Thyme2dream,

Here you go, straight from www.bobdylan.com

Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Bob Dylan

My love she speaks like silence,
Without ideals or violence,
She doesn't have to say she's faithful,
Yet she's true, like ice, like fire.
People carry roses,
Make promises by the hours,
My love she laughs like the flowers,
Valentines can't buy her.

In the dime stores and bus stations,
People talk of situations,
Read books, repeat quotations,
Draw conclusions on the wall.
Some speak of the future,
My love she speaks softly,
She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all.

The cloak and dagger dangles,
Madams light the candles.
In ceremonies of the horsemen,
Even the pawn must hold a grudge.
Statues made of match sticks,
Crumble into one another,
My love winks, she does not bother,
She knows too much to argue or to judge.

The bridge at midnight trembles,
The country doctor rambles,
Bankers' nieces seek perfection,
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring.
The wind howls like a hammer,
The night blows cold and rainy,
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing.

Copyright © 1965; renewed 1993 Special Rider Music

HTML line breaks added. -JoeClone 21-Mar-01.


22 Nov 00 - 08:13 PM (#345432)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: John Routledge

JUNE TABOR singing "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda".

Haunting voice - Haunting words - Nothing else.


22 Nov 00 - 08:26 PM (#345439)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Cap't Bob

"Sally in the Garden" ~~ It's the modal thing.

Cap't Bob


22 Nov 00 - 08:47 PM (#345454)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Diva

Little Musgrave by Christy Moore. Don't know why. It just keeps coming back.

Black Is the Colour by The Easy Club.

Gone for the Day by Ian Bruce.


22 Nov 00 - 09:09 PM (#345469)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: John Hardly

WHATSHERNAME --Stookey

You've Got a Friend --King

John Hardly


22 Nov 00 - 10:22 PM (#345497)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Thyme2dream

Thanks,Steve:-)! It drives me nervous trying to look lyrics up anywhere but Mudcat...I get too distracted along the way and never end up practicing anything!


23 Nov 00 - 05:10 AM (#345603)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: mcpiper

I never would have guessed there were so many haunted people. One song that is mentioned a few times is And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda. I thought I might try it again, on my own out in the back room. Still can't get past the part where the cripled, wounded and maimed are sent back home, and nobody cheered, they just stood and stared.

Anyone who is a regular attender at Anzac Day dawn parades may have a bit of trouble singing this song. I can't anymore.

Keep up the postings, there have been some great tunes and songs mentioned.

Thanks, mcpiper.


23 Nov 00 - 07:16 AM (#345616)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: bigchuck

"Mary Brown, Abolitionist" by Peggy Eyres. Always makes the hair on my neck stand on end.
Sandy


23 Nov 00 - 07:42 AM (#345621)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Tomsk

I sing "And the band played.." more than any other. I have had requests for it at wedding celebrations and christenings! I think it popular because it brings home the realisation of "How lucky we really are.."


23 Nov 00 - 09:34 AM (#345657)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Steve Latimer

T2D,

You're welcome. The Official Dylan site is actually a very good site, it offers sound clips, all lyrics etc.


23 Nov 00 - 09:56 AM (#345664)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: DonMeixner

I am haunted by so many songs. Some come at me when I'm doing nothing special and some when I am special situations. Driving between the Finger lakes will get me singing "Liverpool Light",

...all the way from the Minch to Dundee...

Late at night with a cup of coffee and my small Martin its usually "The One Rose". But it might be "Our Mother the Mountain".

Some songs are perfect songs that we never seem to learn for ourselves to play. For me its "Tecumseh Valley" and "Jock o' Hazeldean", "Lost Mine of the Chisos" and "Spanish Is the Loving Tongue".

Mario, I am thrilled that you were haunted by song enough to learn it. Thank you.

Don


23 Nov 00 - 01:17 PM (#345700)
Subject: Songs that haunt you
From: Clinton Hammond2

Got a new one these days... thanks to a certain catter...

Beeswing by Richard Thompson...

WOW-OH-WOW what a song!


23 Nov 00 - 08:14 PM (#345833)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Audi

Oh, I am still haunted by the song that brought me to this site in the first place. I only remember a few lines and the haunting, eerie tune. It is about a ghost fiddler in the backwoods mourning a lover's death, as I recall:

Back in the woods where the ginseng grows,
Back in a holler where nobody goes,
There lives and old man that you never will see,
Lives in a hollowed-out sycamore tree.

Deer hunters tell of an awful fright,
Waking up cold in the middle of the night
From far, far away comes the mournful tune
Of the old man's fiddle in the light of the moon.

Like MMario, when I finally find it and can sing it through, I shall be released from it. (It has been nearly two months.)

However, I don't think I shall ever be released from this site. It is extremely addictive and you people are really something!

Audi


23 Nov 00 - 11:43 PM (#345887)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: MMario

Don - one time reading the lyrics and I HAD to learn it....


24 Nov 00 - 12:07 AM (#345892)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Tom Dowling

How about "Gypsy Woman" -- either the original version by the Impressions (featuring Curtis Mayfield) or the truly fine version by Ry Cooder on his relatively early "The Slide Zone" album? I haven't figured out how to play this one yet. Have had some success with the Chieftains/Cooder version of "The Coast of Malabar" which stayed between my ears until I (think) I hacked it out on the tin whistle. Amen also to "On Raglan Road/Dawning of the Day", which is often a tin whistler's first tune. "She Moved through the Fair" is also right up there.

Tom D.


24 Nov 00 - 12:16 AM (#345895)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,Hagbard

Bruce Springsteen's 'Highway Patrolman'. Dar Williams just recorded an absolutely haunting version of it.

'Who Will Comfort Me' by Connie Dover

Hagbard


24 Nov 00 - 01:39 AM (#345925)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Peter Kasin

Several songs that The NexTradition recorded are constantly in my head these days, most prominently "Sinner Man" and "Weldon." Kate Rusby's recordings of, well, just about anything, haunt me. What a great singer! Hearing Ed Miller sing Robert Burns's "A Man's a Man for A' That" last summer, backed up by 200 fiddlers, (me among them). It was a very moving experience hearing him sing that beautiful ode to brotherhood. It would make a great national anthem. Who knows, Scotland may someday be in a position to choose one.

-chanteyranger


24 Nov 00 - 12:27 PM (#346119)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: LR Mole

Simon and Garfunkel's "Old Friends". Who can play that Fmaj7-Cmaj7 without hearing that graveyard wind? Simon himself once said his song to Lennon, "The Late Great Johnny Ace", was haunted. There are more channels than our little receivers get, I think...


24 Nov 00 - 03:00 PM (#346154)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: Ely

Howie Mitchell's "Dipper of Stars". My mom has asked me to play that at her funeral (which shouldn't happen for many more years, barring something completely unexpected).


24 Nov 00 - 11:15 PM (#346378)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST

Bruce Cockburn's "All the Diamonds" and "waiting for the moon". Arlo Guthrie's version of gates of Eden and Laura Smith's "I'm A Beauty"


25 Nov 00 - 05:19 PM (#346709)
Subject: RE: BS: Songs that haunt you
From: jaze

a few more that haunt me:

Wind and Sand--Eric Andersen

Old Friends--Mary McCaslin

Louise--Bonnie Raitt

Two-Way Waltz--Kate Wolf


22 Oct 05 - 10:31 PM (#1588754)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE CURSE (Larry Groce)
From: GUEST,Responding to a post from 2000

I know it's a long time ago, but someone posted part of this song and I just had to fill in the rest...

The Curse
By Larry Groce
Album: Please Take Me Back

Way Back in the Hills where the ginseng grows,
Back in a hollow where nobody goes,
There lives and old man that you never will see,
He lives in a hollowed-out sycamore tree.
Deer hunters tell of an awful fright,
Waking up cold in the middle of the night
From far, far away comes the mournful tune
Of the old man's fiddle in the light of the moon.

When the man was a lad so the stories all go,
A better fiddler never lifted a bow.
Every dance, every party for miles around,
well they hopped to the tune of his fiddilin' sound

He met a young lady one night in June.
Sweeter than the sweetest fiddilin tune.
After the night had passed away,
well they swore they'd Marry on the very next day.

Well the music rang out for the bride and the groom.
The fiddle and the bell and the dulcimer too.
Then an old woman stood when the party had done,
She said beware of the settin' of the sun.

The young man laughed and he took his bride.
They went into the hills for their weddin' night.
They soon forgot what the woman had said,
and when the sun went down his bride was dead.

(Softly)
Way Back in the Hills where the ginseng grows,
Back in the hollows where nobody goes,
There lives and old man that you never will see,
He lives in a hollowed-out sycamore tree.
Deer hunters tell of an awful fright,
Waking up cold in the middle of the night
From far, far away comes the mournful tune
Of the old man's fiddle in the light of the moon.


I love this one as a Halloween song.

Erik T.


22 Oct 05 - 10:46 PM (#1588760)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: leftydee

"Singing in the Bathtub" is the song that haunts me, and I say haunts in the worst possible sense, unlike any other. It has been a total Ear-Worm to me. I've had in running in my head for days.AAAAARRGHH!


22 Oct 05 - 11:22 PM (#1588780)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Elmer Fudd

Talk about haunting! This thread has been resurrected from waaaaay back in 2000!
Ever since "No Direction Home" aired, I can't get "Desolation Row" outta my head.


22 Oct 05 - 11:46 PM (#1588792)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Bard Judith

The Lambs on the Green Hills - mournful tune, lost-love theme

Bonny Portmore... even just the words are enough to draw tears.

Yup, On Raglan Road, like the rest of you...

most songs by Loreena McKennitt, or Sting, or Enya

And just now, an old spiritual called "Down in the Valley to Pray" (aka Down to the Valley /Down to the River/ Down in the River) You can (hopefully) hear a clip of Alison Krauss from the 'O Brother' soundtrack by clicking here...

but if not, just search Amazon for the soundtrack and click on the appropriate track. Marvelously simple yet - yes... haunting. Even better is the King's Singers' version on 'Six', btw.

The Lass with the Delicate Air The version I've linked here is a male chorus, quite slow and wordless, but it's a full and generous song, not just a little sampling!

I hope some of you will enjoy being 'haunted' by a few new spirits...

regards from the bard


23 Oct 05 - 05:36 AM (#1588877)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: zelger

Aimee Mann, Save me.


23 Oct 05 - 08:00 AM (#1588926)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Juan P-B

On the positive side.....

For me it's 'The Roseville Fair' - I don't know why it pleases me (I never got round to learning it) but it is a song I can hear time and again

Also 'We Stayed Awake' by Huw Williams - Any parent who's walked the floor with an infant at two in the morning will appreciate the love in the song

The Downside....
'Whiter Shade Of Pale' - It just does my head in!


23 Oct 05 - 08:48 AM (#1588938)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: number 6

Elmer ... I know exactly what you mean.... and it's not one of my fav Dylan songs.

sIx


23 Oct 05 - 09:45 AM (#1588958)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: saulgoldie

Christmas in the Trenches by John McCutcheon
Cranes over Hiroshima by Fred Small
Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie
And yes, too, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Yes, there IS a theme here. War is the *problem,* not the answer. When humanity discovers this truth and truly embraces it, life will be so totally, radically different we will not know what to do with ourselves. Then we can put our resources towards feeding the hungry, fighting disease, and supporting the arts like they should be supported!

Sorry for the rant, but it is never far from my consciousness. You understand, I am sure.


23 Oct 05 - 12:03 PM (#1589013)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Gene

the following lines have HAUNTED me for over 55 years...

I seem to be the only person in the world who recalls them-

[Because She Ain't Built That Way]

A woman can't jump over a fence like a man
'Cause She Just Ain't Built That Way
And she can't strike a match in the dark like a man
'Cause She Just Ain't Built That Way.


23 Oct 05 - 11:59 PM (#1589422)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Big Al Whittle

many of the songs by my favourite lyricist Dorothy Fields

It had to be you

The Way You Look Tonight

They can't take that away from me


24 Oct 05 - 06:01 AM (#1589518)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: GUEST,David Hannam

Leonard Cohens. Anthem


24 Oct 05 - 06:16 AM (#1589527)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Paco Rabanne

99 is the new 100 by flamenco ted


24 Oct 05 - 07:45 AM (#1589549)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: saulgoldie

100--Woohoo!


24 Oct 05 - 07:46 AM (#1589552)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: saulgoldie

You can say it, but that doesn't make it so, Ted!


24 Oct 05 - 07:58 AM (#1589561)
Subject: RE: Songs that haunt you
From: Big Al Whittle

One Man Went to Mow

but thats being a guiatr teacher for you

the chord change comes on the word meadow, i have noticed.