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I have known about Christy Moore's great version of this for a while (has words):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA2oxu5UhVM

But was prompted to record a version when someone made a comment on my blog about David Bowie's Black Star saying that the Statue of Liberty is Isis. A little googling will find you several references.

This got me thinking about the 2000 year war on the strength and value of the feminine.

Charlie Murphy wrote the original song, here is his version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gLaf9rZzVQ

Roy Bailey also did a version (which is probably where Christy Moore came by the song):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXoLYj89qWY

You can learn about each of the goddesses mentioned here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astarte
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(mythology)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna

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Jacinda Ardern continues to sent the example for integrity and compassion as a politician on the global stage.
https://www.pmnnews.co.nz/post/jacinda-ardern-pledges-150-million-for-pacific-climate-change-development

Meanwhile in Australia, grubby radio presenters make misogynistic threats against her:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-16/alan-jones-doubles-down-on-criticism-of-jacinda-ardern/11420102

This song was one of Bob Dylan's hits on his second album 'The Freewhellin' Bob Dylan', but the lyrics were first recorded by Bo Carter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJFRGTP7zwA

Bob is said to have used this tune by Robert Johnson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu1lusKcMy8
(I don't hear it, maybe it is just the lyric he took?)

Here is the Bob Dylan version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66A5lrrl39E

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Thanks to the very talented and prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Hermiston, for suggesting a choral cover of his father, Ross Hermiston's lyrics.

I had to shuffle a few of the words and add a verse to fit the structure of Men or Harlech (hopefully I won't offend any Welsh people).

Here is threelegsoman on the original tune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTQU-d82Ww

And the English college parody:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwlLA4KF-No

And Michael's original dixieland setting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7Mx9j0TUfE

Not and advertisement for a political party, but definitely an encouragement to treat our planet with more respect.

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It's not often there are two songs from a movie that I cover, and it definitely isn't often that I do a Lady Gaga song.

A Star is Born was such a great movie, and Lady Gaga's acting was fabulous.

Here is the pivotal scene from the movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNxCz-Iyu0g

And the background on the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_(Lady_Gaga_and_Bradley_Cooper_song)

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No prizes for guessing which movie I watched this weekend. Apart from this great song, the rest of the movie is also pretty good.

Here a live version by the writer, Jason Isbell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlrAwwqkm4c

And Eddie Vedder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmkPU7foy5Y

And the film version sung by Bradley Cooper:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz0qhCWl1o4

It's long past time to let the old ways of hatred, arrogance, nationalism, fundamentalist religion and bigotry to die.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybe_It's_Time

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While it is the version from Billy Bragg's 1998 album Mermaid Avenue that everyone knows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpoo1rja_2I

the lyrics were written by Folk giant Woody Guthrie.

No idea why there are no recordings of Woody doing this song or whether there is any relationship to Billy Bragg's arrangement.

The Woody Guthrie site has a list of all Woody's unpublished songs that have been put to music by contemporary artists:
https://www.woodyguthrie.org/biography/newsongs.htm

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After recording this in the Dave Van Ronk style, I was playing around with the A Minor key and came up with this rework.

You can read the likely 1918 source for this song here:
https://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1910s/1917-1933_gordon_inferno_collection_(MSS)/index.htm

I can't quite tell if their is a sexual connotation to the song (like the rest of the Inferno collection) or if Robert W Gordon just thought it was too irreverent to go in his main folk song collection.

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Raymond Crooke's recent upload about unicorns reminded me of this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5I_w_uM7ug&t=0s

I sing it every time we go to the local cafe that has a Noah's ark set that my son plays with.

Dave Van Ronk did this recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJKqfplIZN8

Origins are probably more NSFW than what Dave sings, as the
song formed part of Robert W Gordon's collection of songs too bawdy to go in his mainstream publications (search Oh Noah):
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=mbz6e6lQiooC

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I found out today that Sesame Street are having their 50th anniversary this year!

I owe so much of my preschool education to this show, my exposure to diversity, my respect for other languages and cultures, my approaches to coping with emotion and my love of vampires.

For so many kids who didn't have parents around because they were working or absent for other reasons, this show raised them, educated them and made them feel safe.

You can find some great content around the anniversary here:
https://www.sesamestreet.org/anniversary

I used this brilliant archive to pick some frames from episodes that aired when i was growing up:
https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_2485

I don't own any of the content, clearly, just posting this in support of the Sesame Street team and their amazing work.

Details of this song, written by Joe Raposo, Jon Stone and Bruce Hart:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_You_Tell_Me_How_to_Get_to_Sesame_Street%3F

One of the things I love about being a YouTube musician is meeting people from all over the world and sharing a love of music.

Scott Freeman wrote nine songs from subscriber title prompts in 30 minutes. Congratulations on reaching 500 subs Scott! Here is the complete video, including my song suggestion from around 2:48:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JWt16JeWKo

I have done an acoustic folk treatment of Scott's punk masterpiece, with some minor word re-arranging.

Check out Scott's channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVyGtzfyUbDIxuZN47Fp2w

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This filk song is based on the 1964 song, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus for Nina Simone, but possibly best known for the 1965 Animals rock version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7RTUEZMyg

Thanks to Martin Pearson for prompting the idea with his Facebook comment about Harry's general incompetence.

Lyrics here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/im-just-a-jock/

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I have set the children's story, Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) to music.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yertle_the_Turtle_and_Other_Stories

All rights to the story remain with Seuss Enterprises, content is reused in a transformative way under fair use:
https://www.seussville.com/faq/about_seuss.php

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers also did a song based on this story:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDlznbJxPMg

The 'Ballad of Yertle the Turtle' briefly featured on the Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O97qWB56Vzc

Reading the story again as an adult, it seems to be a defense of anarchy/socialism and an indictment of dictatorial styles of government. "I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we, too, should have rights", written in 1958 but appropriate words for today!

Pictures are used under Creative Commons from Pixabay.

"Wasteland of the Free" was released by Iris DeMent on her third album, The Way I Should, in 1996.

Here is the album version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYqDpL0YCvI

And a live performance from 2006 (bad camera, but audio is good):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhgb9hYjX3g

I've taken some extreme liberties with the melody, and updated a few of the lyrics.

This has to up there with the best protest songs ever written. Words just as relevant in Trump's America as the era of Clinton and the Bush(es).

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Some words from Billy Joel this year after turning 70:
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/billy-joel-turning-70-donald-trump-new-music-831081/

I hope he won't mind my use of his song, here is a live 1978 performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4nQB3V10i8

Thanks to Joan Baez for her descriptive term:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQ7N9lEl_E

Trump's recent meeting with victims of religious persecution is to be praised:
https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-politics/trump-meets-victims-religious-persecution-white-house

However, it comes too quickly after he told several congresswomen to 'go back to where they came from', when combined with his demonstration of complete ignorance regarding most of the situations this smells of a damage control public relations stunt. I guess the actions in future weeks will tell.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/eeoc-go-back-where-you-came-from-discrimination-federal-law-trump-tweets/

Lyrics here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/always-a-villain/

Check out the brilliant work of the Parody Project:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHzGKZA-e2GeLMjIE51uw

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I can't put my finger on when I first heard this song, but it was probably close to the release date in 1993. I was at a time in my life when I had just left home at 17 and my dogmatic Pentecostal christian upbringing was being confronted by the realities of a broader world for the first time.

This song was one of those gentle nudges in the direction of rational thought. You mean there are people that actually believe in re-incarnation? And that maybe not everyone clings to the faith they were raised in for fear of damnation?

Thanks Iris DeMent, your song meant a lot to me.

Here is a great 'session' version by Iris:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlaoR5m4L80

From the 486 dislikes on the video, I'm guessing the Christians are still a bit angry.

This song was released on Iris' debut album, Infamous Angel:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infamous_Angel

Kyle and Ashley Sorenson doing a cover:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye5Ui6k5Hb8

Ron Sexsmith (check out his brilliant covers):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGL5fU2hNYA

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I remember listening to the Paul Young version of this song growing up and we also did it for choir this season. I never really thought much about the song, other than its catchy chorus and pseudo-ethical message about something to do with poor people.

Here is the the Paul Young version in all its 80's glory:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVmjKHkgxis

Here is a version by one of the original writers (John Hurley), posted by his family:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMEgWy4B110

And Leonard Nimoy! I didn't even know he had an album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fURhy2WRtMk

Some background of the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_of_the_Common_People

I'm going to write a blog post about fetishization of poverty in music, will put a link here when I finish it.

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I realized I'll never be able to release a filk album if I don't start writing some original filk songs. Here is one for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission.

Lyrics and chords here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/one-small-step/

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Thanks to a comment on one of my earlier Leonard Cohen covers I went looking for another song to do.

I had heard this a few times on my 'Songs of Love and Hate' LP, but didn't like the angry tone. Then I found this live version, which I much prefer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDmvx_fZe3E

I'm sure there are many English Literature theses written trying to explain the lyrics here. Is it about the crucifixion, is it about drugs, it is about false piety, is it about sex with hunchbacks? Like many of Leonard's songs, you feel like you have been told something very profound, but can't quite put your finger on what it is.

Apologies to jonl1973 for my abuse of your photo of Leonard playing Edinburgh in 2008 but I couldn't find any photos of him with a ukulele.

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I was trying to think of a song that would go with the photos and footage of our day at the snow last week. This one seemed a good fit.

We don't get much 'real' snow in Australia near where we live, so this is mostly artificially made every night. It is another hour driving and many more dollars to get to the real snow.

After an hour of learning the song, I realized it would be many more hours before I could play this consistently and accurately, so as I'm lazy (and not getting paid), it is a bit rough.

The Beatles version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUNqsfFUwhY

A great guitar cover by Yoni:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXiXdq1Fx1g

George playing live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNS_SUmCJm4

Some back-story on the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Here_Comes_the_Sun

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20 July will be the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo mission to our moon. Leslie Fish wrote this iconic song about the event.

Unfortunately I can't find a YouTube link to her singing it, but here is Lulie Ecklar singing with a video by Thu Vu Trong:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXteSV8rBwY

And an mp3 version on Leslie's site:
http://lesliefish.com/mp3s/hope.mp3

An acapella version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VnkmacU6no

All video and images from nasa.gov (some pictures from later Apollo missions).

There have already been some great videos leading up to the anniversary:

Destin from 'Smarter Every Day':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxZ_iPldGtI

Women who were involved in the program:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOUNjytHhNI

Leslie's page on fanlore:
https://fanlore.org/wiki/Leslie_Fish

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So my subscriber count has been going above and below 500 over the past few days, hopefully it is stable enough to upload this.

Thankyou to everyone who watches, likes and comments on my videos. It is wonderful to share and listen to music with people all over the world.

I think ConriDubhghail and Tomy Hans are subscribers 500 and 501, but I'm not sure for how long! I'll cover a song for you if you want. :)

Here is the video that I am poorly imitating:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNlMtqrYS0

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I heard Max Cullen do a fantastic recital of this 1888 poem by Henry Lawson as part of the 'Dead Men Talking' show with Warren Fahey (as Banjo Paterson) tonight.

Here is my rough attempt at putting a tune to the poem.

Some read this as a 'revolutionary' anthem, but to me it sounds more like a cautionary lesson about avoiding the causes of revolution rather than a call to raise the red flag.

Others have also set this to music, including the Bushwackers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U39rHVXkPL8

Hugh MacDonald from Redgum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PkI3hluk2c

and a recitation by Jason and Chloe Roweth:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xuN65yMHFE

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There was a flag raising ceremony in our town today, marking the start of NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week in Australia.
https://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-week

The event was reported in the local paper here:
https://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/6262261/yumalundi-ngunna-yarraba-yengu-yass-valley-celebrates-voice-during-naidoc-week-2019/

The Uluru Statement from the Heart (that was ignored by the government in 2017 and since):
https://www.commongrace.org.au/the_uluru_statement_from_the_heart

The photo of Kevin Rudd's National Apology is by flickr user Virginia Murdoch.

'Voice Treaty Truth' is the theme for the event this year, I used these ideas to write this song in support of general awareness of the situation with Australia's first people.

As much as this hurts me to write and sing, I know my grief is so very insignificant compared with those who have lived the experience. Like Kevin, I can only say 'Sorry'.

Chords and lyrics:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/voice-treaty-truth/

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Folk singer/songwriter Daniel Kelly from Australia.

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