|Re: posting new *filk* lyrics (to test if I can still post here)
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Author: Kip Williams Date: Sep 2, 2008 23:36
Kate Gladstone wrote:
> Can anyone think of a Disney flick (or similar children's cartoon),
> cradle-song, bedtime story (told to the under-7 set), storybook (for
> more-or-less that same age-group), etc. in which the villain's
> physical appearance, voice, clothing, posture, skin/hair/eye-color,
> etc. unquestionably & indubitably fit 100%% the cultural norms for
> "good guy/good gal/person to trust" in whatever culture created that
> particular work of art as something for its children?
There's a song on "American Folk Songs for Children, volume 1" by Mike
and Peggy Seeger, "As I Walked Out One Holiday," where the neighbor's
daughter who welcomes a boy into the house after he loses his ball.
She's only described as being dressed in fairy green. She feasts him and
gives him drink, then stabs him like a sheep. The next part of the song
is sung by the dead boy before going back to what seems to be a third
person narrator. Nobody gets punished or found out. It's kind of similar
to the typical blood libels of the middle ages, except there's no
ethnicity mentioned here.
It's a very interesting album. There's at least one drinking song in it,
too. It's nice that somebody remembers what American folklore was really
like. Somewhere recently I mentioned a show on the Nashville Network
about 15-20 years back that presented cowboy songs in an authentic way,
with "Streets of Laredo" under one of its various titles including the
request to have six pretty whore-girls carry the casket, and to include
lots of roses to cover the smell. John McEwen (sp?) was involved with that.