Ballads: Song Game

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by rockgor, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member



    Modernly a ballad usually indicates a song about romance with a slow tempo.
    But in medieval France it meant a poem that told the story of romantic lovers.
    And the term is still used for songs that tell a story. Note the first words of
    Johnny Cash's ballad above: There's a story in our town.

    Cash sang and/or wrote other ballads: The Ballad of Ira Hayes, The Big Battle,
    Don't Step on Mother's Roses, and The Ballad of the Green Berets.

    But the title need not indicate it's a ballad.
    Honey; Green, Green Grass of Home;
    Moody River; Saginaw, Michigan.
    Teen Angel; Patches.

    Rock
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  2. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi everybody!

    How about:

    DANNY BOY



    I'll try to be back later. My computer?/internet? is acting up again. I lost a long post I wrote here, earlier. Grrrrr.

    Hugs...........DIANE
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  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    The Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song:
    Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed
    A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.


    Sixteen Tons
    I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
    I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
    I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
    And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul

    A Boy Named Sue

    Harper Valley PTA











    Hi Diane, sorry the electronic gremlins carried off your post. Great pics
    in your video. I think Danny Boy must be the most popular of all Irish songs.

    Rock
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  4. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    "Nature Boy"

    "Ghost Riders in the Sky"

    "Greensleeves"

    "Ballad of Davy Crockett"

    "Frankie and Johnny"

    "Mack the Knife"

    "St. George and the Dragonet"

    "Mule Train"

    "Golden Earrings"

    "Madame Jeanette"

    "They Call The Wind Mariah"

    "Ode to Billie Joe""
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  5. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB, Haven't heard Nature Boy for decades. It has an eerie sorta mystic sound
    to it. Was a hit for Nat King Cole in the 40s. My uncle used to play it (on the
    phonograph). People didn't say turntable in those days.

    He also loved Serutan Yob which is a parody (read the name backwards). It
    was also a hit in the 40s. The band leader was Red Ingles who was similar to Spike
    Jones. Made lots of novelty recordings like Cigareetes and Whusky. My mother
    and uncle loved that one too. Peter Sellers and the Muppets did it on Sesame
    Street. Not sure; I might have posted that YouTube video here previously.

    Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer (WII)
    Infamous Angel; Our Town
    High Noon; I Went To Your Wedding
    Big Iron; El Paso

    Rock


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  6. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Rock, I added three more that came to mind. I loved those 'story' songs when I was a kid. Now you mentioned one that I haven't thought of in years, "Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild Wild Women" . :)

    I'd imagine there are a lot of Irish songs that would fit this category but I'm not very familiar with Irish folk music. Shame on me! GB
  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    I was just listening to some Irish songs. Picked one to post. Will do it later.
    Am drowsy after lolling in the bath with a paperback. Title is The
    Spinning Wheel.

    Reminds me of Mr C's hit Find A Wheel which was a hit when we were
    in High School. Didn't we decide we were about the same age? Anyhoo
    I remembered the title as Round and Round.

    Looked on the net. Wuncha know somebody using the name Ratt now
    has a song titled Round and Round. What could be more romantic than
    a love song by a guy named Ratt?

    Rock
  8. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    I think we are the same age, 76.

    My hubby is also 76. One of his childhood friends and next door neighbor, also the same age, died last Wednesday. We hadn't seen him in many years. He and his wife still live in Tampa where we grew up.

    He actually introduced us when we were about 16 years old. My sister and the friend went to the same school for the deaf. I feel so bad for his wife and children/grandchildren. It's a shock to see your old buds die. Old age is not fun. GB
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  9. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Yup, old age is no fun. And it's even worse when one is chronically ill. But
    I try my best to stay as immature as possible.

    Here are a couple Irish songs. One about young lovers and one about the
    repetitive wars with England. Like many Irish songs it mentions place names.

    Rock









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  10. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Those were really nice. I traced my Irish roots to Donegal and Kilkenney. I had other ancestors from other areas of Ireland and Scotland, but most seem to have been from Donegal. I looked at pics online and it's a beautiful place. GB
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  11. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I have ancestors in Ireland and Scotland too. Don't know much
    about them. Got a lot of info on the ones from Norway and Wales.

    Here are some more ballads.

    In The Baggage Coach Ahead
    Two Little Boys
    Tom Dooley

    The Three Little Kittens
    Little Bo Peep
    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Sunday Morning Coming Down

    Rock
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