2019-12-09 16:07:20 UTC
After posting links here to five videos of Japanese trains with a particular North
Korean song that had become a meme in Japan as the music...
yes, it is a meme
I was trying to see if I could find some music actually written about trains that
sort of had that kind of feeling of bounciness and surging power. Except for
"Freight Train", I couldn't really find anything of the sort in my first attempt
But I did find something completely different:
and, no, it had nothing to do with Monty Python, being somber instead of funny.
It was recorded in 1944, a suitable time to remind Americans that the battle for
freedom was still ongoing; its subject was the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Burl Ives sang and narrated, but Pete Seeger was among those involved in the
Notes on the YouTube posting for the first installment claim the music on these
78 rpm records is generally unavailable.
Aside from the somber subject matter perhaps limiting demand for the recording,
Burl Ives may indeed have had career reasons to discourage any re-issue, given
both the nature of his subsequent career, and certain unhappy developments of
the post-war era.