Anyway, first I listened through my Steeleye Span collection (absent King Henry, which I can't stand anymore, after listening to it closely once. Hazard of English Folk lyrics, I suppose. Skipped "Underneath her Apron" and "Royal Forrester" too). After that, because my Fairport Convention collection on the iPod is terrible, I move on to Stan Rogers. After listening to some of that (didn't get all the way through it), it struck me that, at least to me, a lot of Stan's songs can be pretty sad. Now, they all aren't, but White Squall is terribly depressing, and as I listen to it, Flying is pretty tragic too. So I figured I'd run a tiny meme:
What are the 3 Stan Rogers songs you find happiest, and the 3 you find saddest. Explanations welcome.
1) White Squall - absolutely. Young, needless death, "widowed" sweetheat, etc, it just tears me up.
2) Make and Break Harbor - The sounds of rural decay and a vanishing lifestyle, the boats that will never be replaced and the children who will never return.
3) Flying - It's upbeat enough to take 3rd, but the image of so many chasing their dreams of success and never making it, or making it for a few years before "selling on commission", well, it feels tragic to me.
Extra notes: "Northwest Passage" grabs me when it mentions the "hand of Franklin" and I think about the book and other stuff I've read about that tragic journey.
Barrett's Privateers ought to be sad, with a 21 yr old cripple and all that, but it's just a little to much fun to sing to do that. Is it Cheri-ose, perhaps?
Woodbridge Dog Disaster is also tragic, but is too comical to evoke the sadness the topic deserves.
1) Acadian Saturday Night - Just a nice country party with dancing, pretty girl and smuggled Trindidad Light. Toss in a fiddle and it's a load of fun.
2) Mary Ellen Carter - the ever so happy song of a ship sinking. Really now, it's just too uplifting at the end for you to come out of it anything but up.
3) The Nancy - I'm just looking at my track list here trying to think of something, an it's the best I can do, as at least the beat keeps you going.
What do y'all think?