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 Posted: Mon Nov 10th, 2008 09:35 pm
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Today is the 33rd anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

I find Gordon Lightfoot's treatment of the tragedy to be haunting, and always have since I first heard it decades ago. This, I think, is a good video dedication to the lost crew:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_8s2zsNhSM

(lyrics) http://home.pacbell.net/chabpyne/lyrics.html

I find this to be a particularly inspired lyric from the song:

"Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours"

As good a ballad as there is, I think. Anybody have other, thought-provoking ballads that move them?



 Posted: Mon Nov 10th, 2008 09:55 pm
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 Posted: Mon Nov 10th, 2008 11:13 pm
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I don't know--is "American Pie" a ballad? I'm  too young to remember Buddy Holly but I love all references to Dylan as the jester in it, and of course the Beatles tho I'm not a huge Beatles fan. Classic rock is my thing, 60s and 70s--rock, not pop.

As for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" I have to admit I don't like the song all that much (maybe I heard it one too many times when it was popular), but the story it tells IS haunting. And, unfortunately, once I hear it, it gets stuck in my head forever--or when I even think about it, like now. . .

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 Posted: Tue Nov 11th, 2008 12:09 am
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pamc153PA wrote:

And, unfortunately, once I hear it, it gets stuck in my head forever--or when I even think about it, like now. . .

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Pam,

Anything I can do to help...

Yes! 'American Pie.' A great tune. You might enjoy this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycgegp0KdE4&feature=related

Let me back up a minute. You're a fan of classic 60s rock, but not the Beatles? Is that even possible? (Well, of course it is. To each his own...)

With that in mind, here is a Beatles' ballad I love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT3Q_BIIRJM



 Posted: Tue Nov 11th, 2008 03:54 am
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I love American Pie because I am old enough to remember the day the music died.  I know where I was when it was annouced on the radio. 

I grew up listening to Ballad of Casey Jones and Ballad of Jesse James.  Always liked them. 

Old English Ballads are favorites too I was a died in the wool folkie in the 60's  Sir Patrick Spense, Barbara Allen,

Modern Ballads The Ballad of Edward Abby by Tom Russell is a real favorite. 



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This is one of my favorite ballads, the words tear me up....




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Susan:

Alright, another Tom Russell fan, he really does write some good ones and some great songs too. We have a singer here in Texas nanmed Brian Burns who does a lot of Tom's songs and that's how I found him. Brian also does the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and he even sounds like Gordon Lightfoot. On his website he thanks Gordon for his voice;) hmmm! Anyway I like Brian's version better than Gordon's and like how he reads the names of each of the sailors at the end of the song.

As for the song that started the thread, Lightfoot merely wrote lyrics and set it to an old Irish tune, like so many songs in the Civil War were. The song before his that used the tune was a song called Back Home in Derry, which was created from a poem by Bobby Sands an Irish Revolutionary from the early 20th century who ultimately starved himself to death in prison. It is also a ballad about the Irish Rebels of '98 who were sent to Australia on prison ships.



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Pvt.,

Well, I do like the Beatles, but I have to admit my favorite playlist includes The Hollies (Long Cool Woman), Santana (Black Magic Woman), Thin Lizzy (The Boys Are Back in Town), The Guess Who (No Sugar Tonight), Derek and the Dominos (Layla) and Eric Clapton (Cocaine), not the Beatles. . .

If I had to pick a favorite Beatles song, it'd be "Penny Lane" because it never fails to remind me of a trip I took to Manchester, England in my senior year in high school to visit a long-time pen pal there.

And now I have "Edmund Fitzgerald" in my head again!

Pam



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David,

That's interesting about the tune. I didn't know that.

But it sure makes Lightfoot an accomplished poet then, doesn't it?

Pam,

Sorrrrry.



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The Ballad of the Alamo is a great song even if it isn't historically accurate. God Bless John Wayne and Marty Robbins. Speaking of which El Paso is a great ballad too.



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When I traveled across the USA the first time after I retired. I had my cds with me in order of the trip.  I played Take it Easy all the way though Winslow Ariz, El Paso in El Paso ,  Oklahoma Hills in Oklahoma.  and Ballad of the Alamo when I entered San Antonio.  I played the Battle of New Orleans as I drove around that Battlefield.  and so on and so on.   Actually I had the Cds on both trips.  So you could say I had a soundtrack for my trips across America.  Driving though the Mississippi Delta listening to Mississippi John Hurt looking for his cabin which I could not find.  I was in Avalon though . 

 

David as to Tom Russell I am a big fan.  I have all the albums on my ipod .  I want the new one that just came out .  Everytime I listen to his songs I decide another one is my favorite.  I have seen him a couple of times in very small coffee houses.  He is good. 

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David,

El Paso. Yes! Another great ballad.

Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4nCYXp3_4w&feature=related

Thanks. Been a while since I heard that one.



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Susan:

I like your taste in music, I bet our iPods have a lot of the same songs.



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David I have everything from Cajun to rock and roll to Charlie Poole to Holy Modal Rounders on my iPod.



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