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Old 04-12-2011, 11:06 AM
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three blind mice = hot cross buns
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:18 PM
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three blind mice = hot cross buns
Not remotely the same.

"See how they run" is not the same as "One a penny, two a penny."
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:38 PM
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"We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister) vs. "O Come All Ye Faithful " (the popular Christmas song). Not kidding, look them up and listen!
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:05 PM
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Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne" has the melody (downtempo) of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture".
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:31 PM
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:42 PM
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"We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister) vs. "O Come All Ye Faithful " (the popular Christmas song). Not kidding, look them up and listen!
Heh heh heh (I'm sure you've already seen this.)
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:02 PM
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The "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song uses the melody of the old sea chanty "Blow the Man Down."
If we're going to get into TV themes, the theme to Animaniacs used the tune of a polka called "There is a Tavern in the Town".
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:26 PM
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Heh heh heh (I'm sure you've already seen this.)
Your linky no worky. Let's try this one instead.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke1MC...e_gdata_player
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:40 PM
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The kiddie song "Have You Ever Seen a Lassie" has the same melody as the old German drinking song "Ach, Du Lieber Augustine."

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Old 04-13-2011, 04:59 AM
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Don't insult MA Numminen. He's a cultural hero in Finland and Sweden.
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Old 04-13-2011, 05:05 AM
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The Lone Ranger theme sounds just like the third part of the William Tell Overture.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:25 AM
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Ditto the theme song for Lark cigarettes. I remember one commercial (couldn't find it on youtube, alas), where the Lark man was holding the "Show Us Your Lark Cigarettes" sign with the "Have a Lark, have a Lark, have a Lark today" chorus in the background.The Lone Ranger approachs the guy and asks what he thinks he is doing, using his music. In turn, William Tell (complee with bow, arrow and apple) appears and says to Tell "I was going to ask you the same question."

Very clever commercial.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:19 PM
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The Godfathers' Birth School Work Death and John Prine's We Are The Lonely are the same.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:51 PM
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76 Trombones and Goodnight My Someone are the same except for Goodnight My Someone is
3/4 slower.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:21 PM
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Be A Clown & Make 'em Laugh.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:33 PM
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I've been keeping a list ever since sci--fi fans tried finding a melody for "The Green Hills of Earth":

SONGS THAT CAN BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "THE BALLAD OF GILLIGAN'S ISLAND"

Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song
Stairway to Heaven
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG2lTB-UVvs
House of the Rising Sun
Yankee Doodle
Pop Goes the Weasel
Peaceful Easy Feeling
I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
Yellow Rose of Texas
Ghost Riders of the Sky
Rocky Top
Lion Sleeps Tonight
Tangled Up in Blue
Whiter Shade of Pale
Light My Fire
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Jingle Bells
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Greensleeves
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
The First Noel
O Tannenbaum
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
In-a-Gadda-da-Vida
Marines' Hymn
Wabash Cannonball
America the Beautiful
The Internationale
Onward Christian Soldiers
Ode to Joy
Mack the Knife
A Hundred Bottles of Beer
Clementine
La Cucaracha
Semper Paratus
The Wearing of the Green
(The Rising of the Moon)
The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Sympathy for the Devil
Rollin' Down to Old Maui
Acres of Clams
Bread and Roses
Sink the Bismarck
Forest Green (UK "Little Town of Bethlehem")
Tomorrow Belongs to Me

Poems that apply:

Jabberwocky

Little Miss Muffet
Jack and Jill
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
Little Jack Horner
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Anything by Emily Dickinson
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:36 PM
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In classic country/mountain music, The Great Speckled Bird http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jzlOI-8J_4, Wild Side of Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5y5jWv2xQw, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKleTa94dC8 and I'm Thinking Tonight of my Blue Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tBmpRdZ94.

I guess they've always known about reuse/recycle in the hills.

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Old 04-14-2011, 06:10 AM
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Simialrly, both the British and Lichtensteinian national anthems use the same tune.
As well as "Heil Dir im Siegerkranz", the unofficial national anthem of the German empire from 1871 to 1918.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:30 AM
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As well as "Heil Dir im Siegerkranz", the unofficial national anthem of the German empire from 1871 to 1918.
After further research, I found out that the tune to "God Save the Queen" was virtually the proto-anthem for almost half of Europe, also including Norway, Russia and Switzerland.

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Old 04-14-2011, 06:59 AM
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Louis Jordan was a pioneer in committed recycling. At least three of his biggest hits--"All for the Love of Lil", "Slender, Tender and Tall" and "I Like 'Em Fat Like That"--shared the same melody. Probably a lot more, too.

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Old 04-14-2011, 07:35 AM
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The Red Flag is also sung to the tune of the White Cockade.

Óró, Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile lifted its melody from What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?

As Astorian points out Irish folk songs often share melodies. Another example is The Moorlough Shore is often sung to the same air as Foggy Dew (the 1916 ballad). Patrick Kavanagh used the air of The Dawning Of The Day/Fáinne Geal An Lae for On Raglan Road too.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:51 AM
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Louis Jordan was a pioneer in committed recycling. At least three of his biggest hits--"All for the Love of Lil", "Slender, Tender and Tall" and "I Like 'Em Fat Like That"--shared the same melody. Probably a lot more, too.
In the same vein, after scoring a big hit with Shake, Rattle and Roll, Big Joe Turner came up with Flip, Flop and Fly, basically the same song with different lyrics.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:07 AM
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Weird Al Yankovic's I Want a New Duck has the same melody as Huey Lewis's I Want a New Drug...

To make matters worse, Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters sound exactly like I Want a New Duck.

At some gigs, I will play a James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" and Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" interchangeably.... no one even notices it's two different songs.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:03 AM
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I thought of another couple.

Bob Dylan's With God On Our Side has the same air as Dominic Behan's The Patriot Game.
Bob Dylan's When The Deal Goes Down has the same air as Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day a tune most famously sung by Bing Crosby.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:19 AM
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To make matters worse, Ray Parker Jr.'s Ghostbusters sound exactly like I Want a New Duck.
And they ALL sound like "Pop Muzik" by M.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:47 PM
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The Rhodesian national anthem - Rise, O Voices Of Rhodesia - is set to the melody of Ode to Joy. I never could understand why they didn't try to compose a new melody. I don't get it.
Many anthems are based on already extant airs. As others have said God Save The Queen's air is used in several and the American anthem is based on an old British drinking song.
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Old 04-15-2011, 04:48 AM
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Finland and Estonia have the same national anthem, which gladdened the hearts of the Estonians whenever Finland beat the Soviet union in something.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:48 AM
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Morning Has Broken, most famously done by Cat Stevens, uses tune of a traditional Christmas song Child In A Manger

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Old 04-18-2011, 09:28 AM
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Morning Has Broken, most famously done by Cat Stevens, uses tune of a traditional Christmas song Child In A Manger
Speaking of Irish melodies used in Church...

There's an old Irish song about a pretty girl called "Star of the County Down" (some of you may have heard Van Morrison singing it with the Chieftains). In December, many church choirs sing a song aout Mary and St. Elizabeth, entitled "Canticle of the Turning," which uses that same tune.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:32 PM
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Huh, and all this time I had thought that "Child in a Manger" was to the tune of "Morning has Broken", not the other way around.

And I hadn't a clue that "Canticle of the Turning" was about Mary and Elizabeth: All of the versions I've heard have seemed more eschatological.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:21 PM
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I've been keeping a list ever since sci--fi fans tried finding a melody for "The Green Hills of Earth":

SONGS THAT CAN BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF "THE BALLAD OF GILLIGAN'S ISLAND"

<snip>

Poems that apply:

Jabberwocky

Little Miss Muffet
Jack and Jill
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
Little Jack Horner
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Anything by Emily Dickinson
Add Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to that list.


Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" can be sung to the tune of "O Tannenbaum."

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" can be sung to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J39c9hZdlqQ

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Old 04-18-2011, 02:03 PM
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Huh, and all this time I had thought that "Child in a Manger" was to the tune of "Morning has Broken", not the other way around.
I thought Cat Stevens wrote "Morning Has Broken." I had to edit my post when I read it was published in 1931.

"Child in a Manger" is from the 19th Century.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:39 PM
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In classic country/mountain music, The Great Speckled Bird http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jzlOI-8J_4, Wild Side of Life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5y5jWv2xQw, It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKleTa94dC8 and I'm Thinking Tonight of my Blue Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4tBmpRdZ94.

I guess they've always known about reuse/recycle in the hills.
FYI: "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was written as a female's response to "Wild Side of Life" later, so naturally used the same tune. Ican't speak to the genesis of the other songs.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:58 PM
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The Lone Ranger theme sounds just like the third part of the William Tell Overture.
Only if "sounds just like" = "is"

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Robert Frost's "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" can be sung to the tune of "O Tannenbaum."
Or better yet . . . "Hernando's Hideaway."
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:18 PM
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Heh heh heh (I'm sure you've already seen this.)
I love that version, but dear God the years were not kind to that band.

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Alphabet song, twinkle twinkle, and also Baa Baa Black sheep
At my daughters last birthday party they played a game where the girls would quack a song and the rest would have to guess what song they were doing. After about 10 mins I cracked and had to explain that they were all the same tune!
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:26 AM
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"What Child Is This?" and "Greensleeves"
Also A Home in the Meadow from the movie "How The West Was Won"

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:34 PM
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different songs, same melody

The Eydie Gorme recording "Blame It on the Bossa Nova" showed up decades later as "A Night Like This" by Caro Emerald and others.

The 1954 hit "Till We Two Are One" is really a slowed-up version of "Jimmy Crack Corn."
In fact, slow it down still further and it sorta resembles "Ebb Tide." Far out. Shows you the possibilities inherent in merely altering the speed of a composition.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:11 PM
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"When This Ruddy War Is Over" is sung to the melody of "What A Friend I Have In Jesus".
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:17 PM
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Shows you the possibilities inherent in merely altering the speed of a composition.
Tempo and rhythm are surprisingly important. Years ago my mom, a piano teacher, attended a workshop/conference for music teachers and saw a demonstration of this. The "speaker" sat at the piano and played the correct sequence of notes that comprise the melody of "The Star Spangled Banner", but completely changed the rhythm. Nobody could identify the tune until ... she played the correct rhythm, but using only a single note. Then everybody immediately identified the song.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:27 AM
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I'm pretty sure Slapshot's Shoot Charlton Heston uses the exact same riffs as Marduk's Panzer Division Marduk.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:46 AM
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"Sittin' on Top of the World" = "Come On in My Kitchen"
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:28 PM
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Half of Chuck Berry's music sounds eerily like the other half of Chuck Berry's Music.

Fortunately, both halves are great.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:49 AM
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Paul Simon's "American Tune" has the same melody as the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
I believe it began life as a tune that Hans Leo Hassler composed for a love song: Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret.

It was later recycled in several different psalms. Its most famous use may be in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

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Old 04-04-2012, 05:28 AM
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I'm not gonna re-read this entire thread, so this has possibly been already mentioned:

Tom Lehrer's "Elements Song" is the same melody as "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. And there have been many other parodies and pastiches as well, like the "Boy Scout Merit Badge Song."
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:28 AM
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Don't know if this fits exactly, but on a recent Old 97's album, songwriter Rhett Miller took Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" and wrote completely new lyrics, calling the song "Champaign Illinois". Dylan agreed to the use of his old song in return for co-writer credit on the new song.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:50 PM
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Paul Simon's "American Tune" has the same melody as the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"
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I believe it began life as a tune that Hans Leo Hassler composed for a love song: Mein G’müt ist mir verwirret.

It was later recycled in several different psalms. Its most famous use may be in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
Yes, correct. It was later adapted as the folk song "Because All Men Are Brothers" by Tom Glazer and was well-know to folkies. This is where Paul Simon picked it up.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:24 PM
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I found my idea had been ninja'ed a year ago ... by me. Oh, well.

One I've never really understood, The Animaniac's Countries of the World is supposedly The Mexican Hat Dance, but with different notes. I don't know how it could be the same tune if it has different notes, but people a lot more expert at music than I am have tried to convince that it's true.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:12 PM
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The Animaniac's Countries of the World is supposedly The Mexican Hat Dance, but with different notes.
I just listened to it. I don't think it's a straight copy of The Mexican Hat Dance, but there are four places where it clearly quotes the main theme: Costa Rica through Guam, Syria through Spain, Tunisia through Ghana and Ethiopia through the end.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:44 AM
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As Astorian points out Irish folk songs often share melodies. Another example is The Moorlough Shore is often sung to the same air as Foggy Dew (the 1916 ballad). Patrick Kavanagh used the air of The Dawning Of The Day/Fáinne Geal An Lae for On Raglan Road too.
I went to a concert of sorts many years ago where a 'supergroup' of folksingers did their thing. I wondered if they knew more than 2 songs as that's all they seemed to sing all night!

Westlife took the tune from Rainbow Zephyr for their (released around the same time IIRC) Hey Whatever
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same songs too

All I Want Is You- Barry Louis Polisar and Countdown- Beyonce
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