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The Journal of the International Folk Music Council


Cambridge University Press

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Cambridge, Mass.

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Invective, ridicule, and insult are not uncommon ingredients in folk songs, and since songs containing these elements usually make us laugh, we speak of them as satirical. Sometimes the satire springs from a strong sense of social injustice, as it did with singers like Aunt Molly Jackson and Woody Guthrie. More commonly it arises from personal motives, such as a desire to annoy. This is a progress report on local songs-particularly those attributed to Larry Gorman-in Maine, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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Ives, E. D. (1962). Satirical Songs in Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. The Journal of the International Folk Music Council, XIV, 1962, 65-69

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