A Moving Picture

3 comments:

Andrew Rilstone said...

I also find this very funny. The Agnostic's Creed is even better, but I couldn't find a good online version of it. It's impressive how many of his send-ups of folksongs have become semi-mainstream. June Tabar sings his version of the Cutty Wren, and Carthy, Martin does The Hard Cheese of Old England. There is also one answering the perenniel question -- what happened to the Sloop John A?

Mike Taylor said...

"It's impressive how many of his send-ups of folksongs have become semi-mainstream."

But who is "he"?

Andrew Rilstone said...

Gosh, I really was having one of those days when I shouldn't be let lose on the Internet.

Les Barker: man who writes funny poems ("Have you got any news of the iceberg?") and parodies of folk songs and also , as Ms June Tabor revealed, a few really powerful straight songs as well...

Those Edam foreigners aren't worth a mention,
Old Gorgonzola's renowned for its stench, 'n'
His brother Emile wrote novels in French; and sing:
Sing: Oh the hard cheese of old England! In Old England very hard cheese...