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There's a cartoon by LutheranSatire on YouTube. The song in the cartoon is composed, written and performed by the cartoon author himself. Two versions of the same song:

https://youtu.be/FoU2o1iRN0U?t=27

https://youtu.be/FoU2o1iRN0U?t=80 (with base voice added)

The question is what was the "real world" prototype for that song and music? The artist or a particular song?

It sounds so familiar. The tone of voice, the chords progression and harmony. I'm sure there's an actual artist performing in that style. Just can't figure out who that is.

I've tried searching by sound sample on the net, and nothing came up.

Thanks

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  • Could you be thinking of John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads? – suckrates Oct 14 '18 at 10:46
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    @AlvaroFuentes, thanks for the suggestion, it actually sounds close. The harmony is a bit different though. I've also contacted author directly and all he said is that his song is "Just a general style parody of late 60s cheesy folk pop hippie music". Perhaps indeed there's no definite answer. However I'll continue to research and find similar sounding songs and authors for some time. And maybe someone could suggest anything else meanwhile. – Oleg Oct 17 '18 at 9:10
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    @Oleg Surely there's no more definitive answer than from the author of the song? I guess you could turn your previous comment into an answer. – user3955 Feb 14 '20 at 20:00
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The author of the song said that this song is...

Just a general style parody of late 60s cheesy folk pop hippie music

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I think the reason this sounds so familiar, and yet is so difficult to trace, is that it's a pastiche on a number of different figures and songs from the American folk revival of the 50s and 60s. The voice and lyrics remind me of Donovan. The guitar work and harmonies could be the Kingston Trio. The chord progression sounds a bit like The Ship Titanic. You put them all together, and you get something that sounds exactly like the era and style its meant to parody, yet that can't be considered a direct imitation of any one song (just for fun, compare the Oscar-nominated "Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from the folk-song mockumentary, A Mighty Wind).

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