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 and here is the poem, which is literally 90 pages

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

Thanks, John!

Here is my offering! Get out your tissues.

I've been experimenting with improvising melodies to known lyrics, so that was fun:

Here's mine! Tired by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1883):

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

Here's mine - "Cradle Song" by Alfred Lord Tennyson: