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Sing a song

from Vignettes by Patrick Rose

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The idea behind this song had percolated in the back of my mind for a few years before finally getting written. There's a lot of tropes in the folk world, and I wanted to write one that satirised the whole occasion. I never got around to it, but Ray Hearne's song "Rother sing a don song" has the line "Never let a story be unsung" - it's too good a line for it to just be in one of his songs. I'm confident that you can find a traditional folk song that maps to each line!


Sing a song of English men who died upon the sea
Sing a song of vagabonds and robbers said he
Sing a song and let each lyric roll from your tongue
But never let a single story be unsung

Sing a song of lovers star crossed yet filled with strife
Sing a song of brothers who were parted by the knife
Sing a song a soldiers who left their love behind
Sing a song of all the joy and love they'll find

Sing a song a brave Napoleon, captain of the sea
Sing a song of General Taylor long dead though he be
Sing a song of whalers who never came back home
Sing a song for those who sailed the ocean foam

Sing a song of tyrants who ruled with iron fist
Sing a song of evil men who never will be missed
Sing a song of murderers who threw girls from a cliff
Sing a song for those who broke spells with a kiss

Who will sing of all these things when we are dead and gone?
Who will sing of all these things when the world has moved on?
Who will sing and let the voice of history be heard?
Will you sing, or do you find this all absurd?


from Vignettes, released July 3, 2020




Patrick Rose Sheffield, UK

Patrick Rose does folk style acoustic music in between learning about Computer Science and Maths, and occasionally running How To Play

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