“Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.”
Thank you for your Earworms on the theme of Courage. Let us boldy go … If you have an Earworm you’d like to share, please send it to email@example.com, together with a few words about why you’ve chosen it. Next week’s theme will be places of worship. Many thanks to all contributors.
Roy Harris – Saucy Bold Robber – AliM: – Also known as The Jolly Bold Robber; apparently an early 19th century robber ballad, it was published in Cecil Sharp’s English Country Folk Songs. Whoever the jolly saucy chap was, he made a big mistake.
Sly and the Family Stone – Brave and Strong – severin: From the There’s a Riot.. album. Only the brave and strong survive and from the stories about the making of the album he may have had a point.
Royal Crown Revue – The Contender – Ravi Raman: the title track of a lovely album. Song’s the tale of a boxer who has taken a beating and needs to find something (he thinks it’s salvation) between his “left and the right”.
Guru Kalyan – Acham Thavir – Ravi Raman: Inspired by the Aathichoodi and Puthiya Aathichoodi poems that are two (rarely three) word maxims and also used to teach the Tamil alphabet. (Acham Thavir means “cast off fear”.)
Sinead Lohan – No Mermaid – tincanman: Irreconcilable differences in a relationship are usually about finances or having kids or some other weighty matter, but it can also be because one of you is a wimp.
Be Brave – Wheat – vanwolf: From their 1999 album Hope and Adams which has a nice laid back sound throughout.
London Grammar – Strong – AliM: A bit of a shoe-in perhaps. I first came across this at random on TV, a Top of the Pops Christmas Special, or something. I was absolutely entranced by the seeming vulnerability of Hannah Reid and the strength of her voice. Also, it is one of the few songs that I can sing along to in key and with passion. Apart from that glorious high note on “you”. I have “you” envy.
Be Brave – Section 25 – vanwolf: A more sinister sounding piece of post punk in contrast to the lyrical references to happiness. “We brave the climate of doom, our love will see us through, you need courage to try, to even ask why?” (Abahachi we miss the Doom Jazz. Ed.)