Questions tagged [folk]

For questions about folk music, both traditional as well as contemporary.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
1 answer
42 views

Am I confused about the message of the "Monday Morning" folk song?

I've listened many times to this: I recognize that I may be completely wrong, and probably are (judging by how often I've misinterpreted lyrics in the past), but is ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
29 views

Does anyone have the lyrics and meaning of Kulusizi by Dixie Kwankwa?

Dixie Kwankwa was popular in Ghana and Zambia in the 1960s. I've tried to find the lyrics for Kulusizi but nobody seems to have it online as she doesn't have much of a following today. Extra points ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
18 views

Go_A - ШУМ (Shum: Noise) video interpretation on the team dance move

Question about the musical dance arrangements of the video Go_A - ШУМ: There are 9 people dancing as a team in the YouTube video --- are there certain deeper meanings/motivations behind the dance? ...
user avatar
  • 151
1 vote
1 answer
37 views

The Irish Rovers - Wasn`t that a party lyrics

I've been going through the mentioned song's lyrics and got stuck on a few phrases: They were sittin' in my back yard, blowing on a sireen From somebody's police car. What does blowing on a sireen ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
199 views

Is there a connection between talking blues and hip hop/rap?

Is there some connection between the talking blues of the sixties (e.g. Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues) and its folkier predecessors such as Guthrie and Leadbelly and the rap and hip hop lyrics? I ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
26 views

Is there a term for this style of ethnic European folk song?

The style features verses that are slow, sometimes speeding up, but ending with a rallentando and often a fermata, then going into a chorus that begins slowly (sometimes very slowly) with a gradual ...
user avatar
  • 111
2 votes
0 answers
39 views

seeking to identify popular folk song "when the darkness of the night begins to show / streetlight always says hello" [closed]

In the 1970s, I lived in a strict religious communal organization, part of the Jesus People Movement, in which we sang (as it now seems) all the time. We sang spontaneously, a capella --- never used a ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
82 views

Were royalties paid in the USA folk scene in the 60's? -- The Bob Dylan example

Taking as an example the album Bob Dylan, released in 1962 by Columbia, how likely is it that the fees for covering famous folk songs were paid and that original authors actually received the fees? ...
user avatar
  • 101
0 votes
1 answer
204 views

Where can I read information about the English folk song "Monday Morning"?

I'm talking about this song: For years now, I've tried to find a Wikipedia article on it, or any information at all. Oddly, I've been unable to. All I know is that a ...
user avatar
  • 9
2 votes
1 answer
58 views

What traditional songs do parents and close family sing to their young (birth - 4) children? [closed]

Background I met a boy, about five years old, from a Persian family, and wanted to teach him some familiar (to him) songs on the piano. However, the children's songs familiar to me were not familiar ...
user avatar
  • 3,649
1 vote
2 answers
38 views

Does anyone know of any bagpipe albums I could buy that have just 2 or 3 bagpipes performing together?

Does anyone know of any bagpipe albums I could buy? Not massed pipes (i.e. lots of pipes, sometimes up to 100), but 2 or 3. I really like the Triumph Street Band, from Canada, but I don't think they ...
user avatar
  • 211
2 votes
0 answers
58 views

In the folk song "The Wild Rover," how did the narrator get the money he has in the tavern?

In the Irish folk song "The Wild Rover," the narrator has been spending his money on beer for a long time, many years (and maybe living nomadically). He regrets this very much and resolves ...
user avatar
  • 211
1 vote
0 answers
39 views

What do these lyrics in "Angeline the Baker" mean?

In the song "Angeline the Baker," the lyrics go: Angeline the baker, age of 43 Fed her sugar candy, but she still won't marry me What does "fed her sugar candy" mean? Is it referring to sweet ...
user avatar
  • 11
3 votes
1 answer
946 views

Is Santiano's "Mädchen von Haithabu" intentionally very similar to Tha Mi Sgith?

An excerpt from this Wikipedia page: Santiano is a German band from the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, whose genres include Irish folk, sea shanty, and schlager music. The name ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
75 views

What kind of instrument/synthesizer did Finntroll use for 2012's "Under Bergets Rot"? [closed]

I'm currently on an adventure to find the best folk/black metal bands in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. I have just come across the wonderful band Finntroll, which describes their music as "...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
81 views

Looking to find out the name and origin of this song

Here is a clip of the Spanish Children's song My cousin started singing it, but he made up words. However, the melody sounded vaguely familiar, so I sang along.
user avatar
4 votes
6 answers
2k views

Other than the electric guitar, which plucked chordophones (guitar-like instruments) originated in the United States?

Many countries all around the world took inspiration from stuff like the Lute, the Baroque Guitar, and the Classical Guitar to develop new forms of guitars, that deeply shaped the folklore of the ...
user avatar
  • 4,252
9 votes
3 answers
19k views

Origin and meaning of "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby"

Most famously heard in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou", the traditional lullaby "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby" is performed by artists Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
113 views

Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" origin

I recently found this band that plays Jewish folk songs or uses motives from them in their own material. They're called Black Ox Orkestrar. One of their songs called "Tsvey Tabelakh" seemed very ...
user avatar
  • 131
2 votes
1 answer
9k views

Are "Londonderry Air", "Danny Boy", and "You Raise Me Up" the same song?

I notice that the Irish air Londonderry Air, the ballad Danny Boy by Frederic Weatherly, and You Raise Me Up by the band Secret Garden sound pretty much the same (or at least similar) when I listen to ...
user avatar
7 votes
1 answer
8k views

What's the difference between Bluegrass and Country?

I'm diving into North American folklore music of the 20th century, and two of the staples are the Bluegrass and Country genres / styles. They seem to be intimately connected though, so: How are they ...
user avatar
  • 4,252
3 votes
1 answer
289 views

What's the difference between Cuban Son and Mexican Son?

Both are very important folkloric, traditional, styles in their respective countries. They sound very similar, but seems that they developed somewhat independently, at least at their beginnings. Here ...
user avatar
  • 4,252
9 votes
2 answers
2k views

Who is Johanna in this Joan Baez song - The Winds of the Old Days

In this song, The Winds of the Old Days, by Joan Baez, the last stanza is: And get you down to the harbor now Most of the sour grapes are gone from the bough Ghosts of Johanna will visit you there ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
32 views

The inspiration behind the song: What Have They Done To My Song, Ma

I recently came across this beautiful song, but could find very little about what inspired this song. Any details about what inspired it, any other information about it, would be appreciated.
user avatar
4 votes
0 answers
104 views

End of AVICII's The Nights: Why is the end of the sound wave not centered around zero?

This is the end of AVICII's The Nights (YouTube) viewed in Audacity: Question: Is there a particular purpose for keeping the wave out of the center? I guess it does not change the sound (or at least ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
14 views

Does anyone know examples of old Danish rowing songs?

Some friends of mine told me they were on a trip with an old viking dragonboat when some of the girls started to sing some ancient rowing song. To be able to have some imagination how that might have ...
user avatar
  • 111
1 vote
1 answer
60 views

Who knows the name of this song? [closed]

I am looking for name of this music and it's artist. Thanks! https://ufile.io/bvai5
user avatar
  • 113
1 vote
3 answers
413 views

What is going on in the lyrics of Kate Rusby's song “The Lark”?

What is going on in the lyrics of Kate Rusby's song “The Lark”? This song is moving but cryptic—it's hard for me to tell what's going on. There may have been a breakup between the narrator and the ...
user avatar
  • 211
3 votes
0 answers
253 views

Original "Glory To The Sun" Russian folk song used as a theme in Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 and others

In String Quartet No. 8, Beethoven made use of a Russian theme based on the folk song (or hymn) "Glory To The Sun". Other composers also used this song as a theme: Mussorgski in "Boris Gudunov", ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
50 views

Roma 2018 - Alfonso Cuaron - beach wedding song

I'm trying to identify the title of the simple beach wedding music, performed by a local Mexican orchestra in Roma (the great movie on Netflix, Venice festival winner, from Alfonso Cuaron) It is not ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
243 views

What's the origin of the phrase "Rise Up Singing"?

There's a famous song book called "Rise Up Singing." That expression appears in the lyric of Summertime, from Porgy and Bess. I wonder whether that's the whole story of the phrase (it was created by ...
user avatar
  • 163
1 vote
1 answer
66 views

Song used on "Maps that Will Change the Way You See Russia" video

Does anybody know what is the name of this music? I find it very interesting. Thanks
user avatar
4 votes
3 answers
2k views

"I Riden Så" (Ye Ride So Carefully) Interpretation

There are lyrics of a song that I'd love to understand better: "I Riden Så" (Ye Ride So Carefully) by the Finnish band Gjallarhorn My questions are: How is the singer related to Silibrant and his ...
user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
73 views

"Are you going to leave me here alone and forsake your own country?" [closed]

I'm trying to remember a folk song I heard (recorded, sung by a man with a guitar) as a child. The only part I can remember now is from the refrain, which goes Singing Jimmy, dearest Jimmy, On ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
107 views

Identify traditional Scottish folk song about a kiss

Trying to figure out the name of a traditional Scottish (and not Irish folk song I heard on the Ed Miller radio show last year. I recall it was performed by a woman and I know I found a video of her ...
user avatar
  • 141
2 votes
1 answer
145 views

What does characterize "dirty" folk?

As different to "normal" folk? Is it so because of "dirty" sounds? Example https://youtu.be/_ILe0_DovlU
user avatar
  • 145
1 vote
2 answers
80 views

How could Iron and Wine open for Jason Isbell in concert

I recently went to a concert in Canandaigua, NY, in which Iron and Wine opened for Jason Isbell. Iron and Wine seems to be a much more established artist. A quick glance at Wikipedia shows that ...
user avatar
  • 111
3 votes
1 answer
60 views

Name for commercial song which becomes accepted as folk song?

Is there a term for a commercial song, in a folk/roots style, which gets accepted as an authentic folk original ? I'm thinking of a song like The Wheel of the Wagon is Broken. Country/Western Swing ...
user avatar
  • 4,920
1 vote
0 answers
38 views

The connection between Kurdish music and the sound of horses galloping?

The characteristic background rhythm of Kurdish music (like this) is very similar to the sound of horses galloping. Given that horses were domesticated by Indo-Europeans, it seems likely there could ...
user avatar
  • 111
4 votes
2 answers
2k views

What Do The Lyrics Of "O Shenandoah" Refer to?

I've been looking at some arrangements of "O Shenandoah", and am utterly confused about the lyrics. First of all: None make too much sense. I always thought it was about a river, but a good number of ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
130 views

Australian or NZ bands like Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.?

I am looking for Australian or New Zealand bands like Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.? This may not exist. I am also interested in any bands with a similar sound from other languages or ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
77 views

Lyrics to Jake Bugg song 'Swept Away"

I have seen several different transcriptions of the lyrics to this Jake Bugg song. And I was wondering if anybody had seen a physical copy of the lyrics like sometimes come in the case when you by a ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
2k views

What is the meaning of this line in Loch Lomond?

This verse of Loch Lomond is usually sung as : The wee birdies sing And the wild flowers spring And in sunshine the waters lie sleeping But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again ...
user avatar
  • 791
2 votes
1 answer
129 views

Name of Irish-like Christmas song?

I was watching this video to get some ideas on what to play on an informal Christmas concert. From 0:21 to 0:56 the boy plays a song that sounds quite good. It looks like and Irish song , but I don't ...
user avatar
  • 149
4 votes
1 answer
952 views

Meaning of "Blowing in the Wind"?

The song Blowing in the Wind has the following lines How many roads must a man walk down Before they call him a man I have no clue what this means How many seas must a white dove sail ...
user avatar
  • 791
3 votes
2 answers
54 views

Where does the 5th line in Wild Mountan Thyme go?

The song "Wild Mountain Thyme" (or "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go", "The Blooming/Purple Heather" or any other line you'd like to pull out of it) has this verse/chorus structure: Oh the summer time is ...
user avatar
  • 791
3 votes
1 answer
346 views

Russian folk song sung in the movie Russkies?

Approximately 30 minutes into the 1987 film "Russkies" the main character, Mischa, sings what I assume to be a Russian folk song. A clip is available on YouTube at this link. Can you name that tune ...
user avatar
  • 51
1 vote
0 answers
315 views

Are there any records of Woody Guthrie's FBI verses to "Acres of Clams"?

In Pete Seeger's Introduction to Acres of Clams, he states that he and Woody Guthrie once improvised verses to it, including the verse: They asked, "would I fight for my country?" I answered the ...
user avatar
  • 791
2 votes
2 answers
628 views

Sponge Cake in "True Blue" by John Williamson

In the famous Australian folk song "True Blue" written by John Williamson, he asks "If they sell us out like sponge cake, Do you really care?" Is this referring to anything in particular? For example, ...
user avatar
  • 21
4 votes
1 answer
205 views

What are the two hornpipes in "Two Hornpipes" from the Pirates of the Caribbean

In the soundtrack to the second Pirates of the Caribbean, there is a track titled "Two hornpipes" (Video). I can only hear one in it, and it sounds rather similar to the Lamplighter's Hornpipe, but ...
user avatar
  • 791