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The Power of Melody

Discussion in 'Tilted Entertainment' started by Street Pattern, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. Street Pattern

    Street Pattern Very Tilted Donor

    Today, it occurred to me that two of the songs that have echoed around my head for decades have the exact same tune.

    One is "For Lincoln and Liberty Too", a political campaign song from 1860, revived a hundred years later by Pete Seeger and others:
    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYKbDH5qGJM

    The other is "Hurrah for the Men of the West," a stirring Irish rebel song popularized back in the 1960s by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem:
    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9EexsZhJEQ

    The tune they share is known as "Rosin the Bow" or "Old Rosin the Beau", a traditional song first published in 1838, but probably much older. Here's a Wikipedia article about it: Old Rosin the Beau - Wikipedia

    It is strange that it took me 40 years or so to notice this.

    It does support my notion about the power of melody in the human (or at least Western) mind.
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