John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Thu Aug 11 07:30:51 AEST 2022

On Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 5:13 PM Bill Cheswick <ches at cheswick.com> wrote:

> “The trouble with folk songs is thst they are written by the people.” -Tom
> Lehrer.

Lehrer's songs, especially "The Periodic Table", have now become subject to
the folk process themselves.  "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" was
originally written by the Romantic poet Robert Southey, although in his
version the bears' antagonist was a "wicked old woman".
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