I don’t know why I’m posting this–but why not? We’ve had enough bad nooze for one morning. So Burl Ives sings a nonsense song from the Civil War…
Which proves that God has built into the human spirit a certain amount of effervescence–even in the midst of a calamity like the Civil War, we can dream up funny songs. As long as we can do that, we will endure; we will not be crushed. Laughter is a gift from God: and God forbid that we should ever be without it.
This old Irish folk song, Green Grow the Lilacs, here in its Civil War version sung by Ed McCurdy, was in my head this evening. I looked for it on youtube and there it was. I thought some of you might enjoy it, so here it is.
Here’s another beautiful song which many of you have heard without knowing what it is.
“Lorena” was written in the 1850s and was very popular during the Civil War, and for quite a few years afterward. It’s been used countless times in movie and TV sound tracks. The name is an anagram for “Lenore,” the name of the song-writer’s lost love.
If I can hunt up the lyrics for you, they’ll be here. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorena_%28song%29 )