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Lost songs — 6 Comments

  1. For many of the old songs go to Google and try Mrs Amy Ford there is a move by some people in Somerset to trace and record all the old country songs

  2. But those songs are like the current chart songs in that they were only ever known to a particular group of people – they were not songs that spanned a nation or a generation.

    The songs in the nursing home were things like “When Irish eyes are smiling” and “If you’re Irish, come into the parlour”, things that everyone in the room would have heard. There are no longer songs like that.

  3. Ian I agree, The generation in the nursing homes now, found entertainment singing around the firesides in the days before TV.

    If I were a Blackbird, Danny Boy, Come Back Paddy Reilly, Galway Bay, Rose of Tralee and Will Ye Go Lassie Go, they all bring to mind for me the folk who made them their signature tune. If I hum the tune I am transported back and see the person sitting in our house warmed by the fire, the food and a drink, singing their heart out.

  4. I agree Ian the one eyed monster in the corner of the front room has a lot to do with it also the break down of the family unit, with a lot of families worshiping the one eyed monster sitting with tea tray in hand eating in silence.There is a glimmer of hope I am lucky enough to live 3 miles from Sidmouth where in the summer for one week people young and old from around the world come and listen sing play their folk songs at ‘The Sidmouth Folk Festival’. Its worth a visit.Or look it up on t’internet

  5. Ian – when I clicked on ‘write a comment’ for this post, it came up on the toolbar as…

    Lost songs – For the fainthearted

    That kinda says all I wanted to say 🙂

  6. Too true folks although in our little hearts and hearth retain three little ditties that have been transformed into lullabyes and have been sung to our babies now for three generations: “Who’s Your Lady Friend”, “Lily of Laguna” and another what would be deemed very racist these days, “Go To Sleep My Baby” (Mama’s little Alabama coon!). I once went to a German beer hall in Manchester where they had a rock band playing all the old songs . . .maybe that’s a way to pass them on to the new generation! I rocked out to Bye Bye Blackbird!

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