Public Domain challenge

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So, I've heard some fabulous songs come out of this challenge the past couple of years, so I thought I would throw it out there again.

Please post a link to your completed songs here so we can listen to and comment on them.

Take a poem that is in the public domain (copyright free/expired) and collaborate with the dead poet by adding music to their lyrics. I have done this with T.S. Elliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and a 16th century nun named Juana Inez de la Cruz "I Can't Hold You and I Can't Leave You".

With a longer poem, you can edit out stanzas to focus on a certain message, but do not add your own words. With a shorter poem, you can pick a stanza or line for a chorus and repeat it. But, try to stick to the original poem's message and create music that reinforces how this poem speaks to you.

I've done this a few times.. well quite a few, I guess. More recently i set a sonnet by Shakespeare to a hard rock groove. I also found a song from the past year which was a lyric from a traditional song and put a new musical accompaniment to it. Which I enjoyed. So I think I'll be likely to do this again.

Tag your songs "public domain"

Think I will finally do The Cremation of Sam McGee - been dying to set that one to music since 1974 LOL

This sounds like fun. Does anyone have a link to where you can find public domain poetry to choose from?

Thanks @johnstaples

Will probably do this several times, since I often struggle with writing lyrics

I did this for FAWM this year, where I took like four stanzas out of the middle of a mile-long poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson and turned them into a punk song. Here is the song http://fawm.org/songs/81802/ and here is the poem, which is literally 90 pages http://www.online-literature.com/tennyson/718/.

This sounds interesting. I'll give it a go. Smile

Thanks, John!

Here is my offering! Get out your tissues.

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/30590

I've been experimenting with improvising melodies to known lyrics, so that was fun: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/30955

Here's mine! Tired by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1883): http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/32276

The origins of this song are sketchy... -- so could've been a poem? Possibly was "chant" if it was the "monks" who authored it...? no-one-nos Crazy

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/32329

Here's mine - "Cradle Song" by Alfred Lord Tennyson:
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/32894

Finally got around to this challenge. Mine is based on a poem from 1640 by Thomas Carew entitled 'Mediocrity in Love Rejected'

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33609

Poem by George Herbert - The Agonie. Music by me.
*33826

Poem by John Donne - "A Hymn To God The Father". *34035

Yeats...Crazy Jane...http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33840
Yeats...When You Are Old... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33884
Poe...Ulalume... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33940
Keats...When I Have Fears That I Will Cease to Be... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33967
Donne...Love's Deity... http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/33997
Byron,,,So We'll No More Go a -Roving http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34048

Here is a short one, one of my favorite poems:

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34127

A couple just now:

The Lover Mourns by W.B. Yeats
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34154

The Song Of The Old Mother by W.B. Yeats
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34156

To An Isle In The Water by W.B. Yeats
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34157

The Falling Of The Leaves
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34158

My take would benefit from a better singing part of course but here goes
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34303

Shakespeare... from my favorite play, Much Ado About Nothing.
http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34561

I found a source for extremely short public domain poems - old greeting cards!

Hallowe'en Greetings http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/34918

Here's my take on a beautiful poem by Amy Levy

Add the link when you have a chance!

My humble contribution. Edgar Allan Poe's Eldorado meets second-rate Tom Jones:

http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/35283