Songs That Tell Stories

Reply Mon 7 Jan, 2013 02:35 am
This past weekend was the 40th anniversary of the release of Bruce's first album. One of my favorite songs from it - it pretty much tells the story of my teenage years:

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Reply Sun 27 Jan, 2013 12:46 pm
Another poem that tells a story.

This poem was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine) in the Crimean War (1854-56). 247 men of the 637 in the charge were killed or wounded. Britain entered the war, which was fought by Russia against Turkey, Britain and France, because Russia sought to control the Dardanelles. Russian control of the Dardanelles threatened British sea routes.

Many in the west best know of this war today because of Florence Nightingale, who trained and led nurses aiding the wounded during the war in a manner innovative for those times. The War was also noteworthy as an early example of the work of modern war correspondents.



Yep, my ancestor is the culprit
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Reply Sun 27 Jan, 2013 03:58 pm
I never watched the film of it, but I read the poem a number of times in about the ninth grade, I think. The nature of war is a waster of men. My favorite war story is Born on the Fourth of July.
Reply Tue 29 Jan, 2013 11:51 am
and, another poem that tells a story.


George Gordon, Lord Byron. A brief part of the poem.

Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean-roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore;-upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man's ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknell'd, uncoffin'd, and unknown

Now, an interpretation of his apostrophe (speaking to something as though it were there)

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Reply Tue 29 Jan, 2013 03:53 pm
The ocean is a best source of poetry.
Reply Tue 12 Feb, 2013 11:48 am
Yes, it is, edgar.

Another poem that tells a story. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!

The Chambered Nautilus


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Reply Tue 12 Feb, 2013 03:50 pm
They made a good song of it, letty.
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Reply Wed 13 Feb, 2013 03:52 pm
edgar, didn't know The Ballad of a Teenage Queen by Johnny or Tommy. The second one was a bit slow loading for me, however.

A birthday man that tells a story. The UMW paid their workers in script that could only be redeemed at the company store.

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Reply Wed 13 Feb, 2013 04:19 pm
16 Tons is founded in reality. Another example of company stores is the growers in California during the mass migration of Okies to that state. The workers very often had no place else to buy food.
Reply Sat 23 Feb, 2013 12:57 pm
From migrants to Immigrants, edgar.

Two ‘Mericana Men
Beeg Irish cop dat walk hees beat
By den peanutta stan’,
First two, t’ree week w’en we are meet
Ees call me 'Dagoman.'
An’ w’en he see how mad I gat,
Wheech eesa pleass heem, too,
Wan day he say: 'W’at’s matter dat,
Ain’t ‘Dago’ name for you?
Dat’s ‘Mericana name, you know,
For man from Eetaly;
Eet ees no harm for call you so,
Den why be mad weeth me?'
First time he talka deesa way
I am too mad for speak,
But nexta time I justa say:
'All righta Meester Meeck I'

O! my, I nevva hear bayfore
Sooch langwadge like he say;
An’ he don’t look at me no more
For mebbe two, t’ree day.
But pretta soon agen I see
Den beeg poleecaman
Dat com’ an’ growl an’ say to me;
'Halo, Eyetalian! Now, mebbe so you gon’ deny
Dat dat’sa name for you.'
I smila back an’ mak’ reply:
'No, Irish, dat’sa true.'
'Ha! Joe,' be cry, 'you theenk dat we
Should call you ‘Merican ?'
'Dat’s gooda ‘nough,' I say, 'for me,
Eef dat’s w’at you are, Dan.'

So now all times we speaka so
Like gooda ‘Merican:
He say to me, 'Good morna, Joe,'
I say, 'Good morn, Dan.'
Thomas Augustine Daly

The great part of that poem is that they both learned to call each other by name.
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Reply Sat 23 Feb, 2013 01:27 pm
I never read that one before, letty.
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Frank Apisa
Reply Sat 23 Feb, 2013 01:29 pm
@Peace and Love,
This was the one I woulda posted...but you beat me to it.
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Reply Sat 23 Feb, 2013 06:47 pm

Jimmy Driftwood
On top of Shiloh's Hill
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Reply Sun 24 Feb, 2013 05:31 pm
Here's a story about a band. Chopper, the cellist from oysterband, my fav, has officially left. Here is his goodbye:

Chopper's goodbye.

It's the end of the second Ragged Kingdom tour, which has been one of the best tours ever, and for me it is also the end of an era. It is time to part company with the band I have played in for so many years. I have so many good memories clamouring for attention, of the fans and audiences we connected with, the companionship and the creative times we had together on stage and in the studio, the friends, promoters, crew, the hotels, the ferries, planes, the hospitality, the dressing rooms, the dinners and all the refreshments we enjoyed so much. It has been an incredible ride, touring in 23 countries, over 2000 shows, 100s of festivals and recording more than a dozen albums.

It has been a great band to be a part of, but now I find that I don't want to be a part of any band any longer. I need to take a different path and try and make a new career as a singer on my own.

Oysterband have already started work on a new album, it is a band that never stands still.

All I have to say to the band and the wonderful Oyster fans is a very, very big thank you.

Ray Cooper, (the artist formerly known as Chopper).
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Reply Wed 6 Mar, 2013 02:10 pm
Love the man doing the Jacobites on cello, POM.

Today is Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birthday.


Another poem that tells a story.


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Reply Wed 6 Mar, 2013 05:09 pm
I generally lose patience with youtube poems and look up the words by Google. Browning's poem is a good, if unsettling one.
Here is Laura Nyro's take on the subject.
Reply Tue 19 Mar, 2013 10:22 am
I like that one by Laura, edgar.

You already know this one, but I think it needs to be repeated.

John Donne.


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Reply Tue 26 Mar, 2013 04:41 pm
One For My Baby
Reply Thu 11 Apr, 2013 04:35 pm
Love that one by Harry, edgar.

Once more a poem that tells a story

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