Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Self-deprecating Folk Songs

One of the things I like about Irish folk music in particular and folk music in general is the self-deprecating sense of humor intrinsic in the form. Since the songs are often meant to entertain at social gatherings and people like to laugh, they also often have humorous undertones even when they aren't overtly humorous.

What brings this out is the song "The Night Pat Murphy Died," as performed by Great Big Sea on their album Road Rage. It's on my "Driving" mix on my iPod which I often listen to at work.

With lines like "Some of the boys got loaded drunk and they ain't been sober yet," and "All went in at half past eight and staggered out at noon," it revels in the Irish stereotype of heavy drinking all to good fun. I sometimes think that things would be a lot better in the world if people didn't take themselves so seriously.

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