album cover Different Kind of Love Song (1983)

[Folk Freak]

Engineer Gunther Pauler / Robin Morton
Producer Dick Gaughan and Carsten Linde

Artist : Dick Gaughan

Dick Gaughan : Vocal, Guitars
Judy Sweeney : Vocal
Bob Lenox : Keyboards
Dave Pegg : Bass
Allan Tall : Saxophone
Willie Lindfors : Drums, Percussion
Dave Tulloch : Drums on "Revolution"

Track Notes

songtext A Different Kind of Love Song (Dick Gaughan)

I can't add much to what is in the notes with the text in the Songs archive except to note that this has been recorded and sung by several other people, among them Roy Bailey and Christy Moore, and has been translated into several languages, most notably by the German songwriter, Hannes Wader.

songtext Revolution (words:Bovshover / music : Gaughan)

The text is a poem by Joseph Bovshover, a Russian who emigrated to the USA. Found in 'American Labor Songs of the 19th Century'.

songtext Prisoner 562 (Oswald Andrae)

Written by Ostfriesland poet Oswald Andrae. I had the privilege of spending several evenings talking with Oswald and he was a fascinating man. He also translated the poetry of Robert Burns directly from Scots into Nieder, or Platt, Deutsch.

songtext Song of Choice (Peggy Seeger)

Peggy Seeger's wonderful song about the ever-present danger of Fascism.

songtext Father's Song (Ewan MacColl)

In my opinion, one of Ewan's finest songs.

songtext Think Again (Dick Gaughan)

A Cold War song which has been sung by others, the best known of which is probably the version by Billy Bragg.

songtext As I Walked on the Road (Jim Brown)

Another Cold War song, about the former Polaris nuclear submarine base, now the base for Trident. Jim Brown is well-known in Scottish Folk music circles as a writer of both serious and whimsical songs. He once managed to write a song about a kid in the Ayrshire town of Moscow (yes, there really is one!) who refused to play football - 'The ball-shy boy from Moscow'.

songtext Stand up for Judas (Leon Rosselson)

Speaks for itself, really. I sang this because I felt it was an argument worthy of being heard. As a result of my recording this, I have been accused of being anti-Christian. Complete nonsense. I am not anti-Christian or anti any other set of beliefs; I do, however, have a profound dislike of intolerant dogmatism masquerading as truth and I believe that any body of ideas which objects to examination and discussion of its tenets, and responds to such by demonizing the questioner, is not one which I can take seriously. I recorded this after being invited to do so by a minister of the Church of England who was one of the most truly Christian and decent human beings I have ever met. The first line of my later song, Son of Man was written for him.

By the People (Dick Gaughan)

This was provoked by Ronald Reagan's famous citing of a "true Second World War story" to illustrate some obscure philosophical point. It turned out he was rehashing the script of a B movie he'd once appeared in, giving the first clues that he might have certain difficulties in telling fact from fantasy. There are a great many things I admire and respect about the USA but the foreign policy pursued by its political, economic and military leaders, particularly during the period of the Cold War, is not one of them.

songtext Games People Play (Joe South)

One of those popular songs to which everybody knows the chorus and nobody ever listens to the words. One night at the old Marsden folk club, the legendary Jimmie Irvine, resident host, heckler and accomplished destroyer of pretension, talked to me about it and, having convinced me that it truly was a superb song with a lot to say, wrote out the words and told me to try singing it slowed down. So I did - nobody with any sense ever argued with Jimmie when he had his mind set on something!

Historical Footnote

Recorded at Tonstudio Pauler except 'Revolution' which was recorded at Robin Morton's Temple Studios.

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After the surprising success of 'Handful of Earth', I was faced with a problem in terms of making a new recording. I had no intention of making 'HoE' Mark 2. I knew I couldn't and that, at that stage in my musical development, 'HoE' was the best I could hope to achieve in adding something worthwhile to the reinterpretation of traditional Scots song in an acoustic setting. If I tried to do it again, I would be in danger of becoming formulaic and mechanistic and I have always held a deep suspicion towards "style" for its own sake.

Also, as I said in what I wrote about 'Handful of Earth', "It was quite clearly time to stop reporting and start participating." This album was my putting that into action.

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I can understand now why it confused many people. Until then, I had always presented a mixture of old and new songs but 'Love Song' was a full-frontal onslaught, basically an anti Cold War polemic.

The political Right, emboldened by Reagan and Thatcher, had created a whole new vocabulary of anti-Soviet rhetoric and much of this rhetoric had been quite uncritically adopted by Social Democrats and others on the Centre/Left whose hostility to what they perceived as "Communism" took precedence over their opposition to unbridled free-market Capitalism. This hostility was then codified into 'theories' by so-called 'leftist' commentators like Eric Hobsbawm and the waters became extremely muddied, with all debate being hijacked into the agenda dictated by anti-Communism.

I was heartily sick of any discussion about Socialism being dominated by invective against the Eastern European countries and what anti-Communist propaganda characterised as "the failure of the Left" rather than by the urgently needed critique of the failure of Capitalism at the end of the 20th century. In my view, this myopic narrowing of discussion was largely responsible for the rout of the Left in the 80s, the consequences of which have been only too evident in the 90s.

I haven't a clue who said this other than that it was an American strategic analyst but I think it should be etched into the brain of anyone who claims to be anything other than ultra-Right-wing -

"Our fear that Communism might some day take over most of the world blinds us to the fact that Anti-Communism already has."

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See also : Anti-communism - the 20th Century Obsession.

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