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Mappamundi: songs of supernatural (and other) disaster

Mappamundi: songs of supernatural (and other) disaster

This set was originally done as a duo for the anniversary of Hurricane Fran (which dumped eight trees on Jane's roof, crushing it completely). It was later augmented and expanded to a program for everyone to enjoy! A natural for Halloween programs.
No Es Serio Este Cementerio
By Mecano, a Spanish rock group, about the cheerful perambulations of the ghosts in the cemetery. The niches are better than the mausoleums because they are cheaper and don't have as many insects.
Reynardine
A girl wandering in the mountains is spirited away by a were-fox.
King Henry
A king who goes out hunting encounters a huge drooling ghost and breaks its spell.
Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst
"Some drink champagne, some die of thirst... the world's a stage, we're unrehearsed... Some reach the top, friends, while others flop, friends..." Mel Brooks' words of wisdom and a perfect theme song
Strange Things Happen in this World (Laurie)
An ultra-bizarre song from the 50s by Dickie Lee about a really cute girl who borrows a sweater and then disappears - the sweater is later found in a cemetery. Hmmm.
Teen Angel
An obvious one. Why did she go back for that stupid high-school ring - didn't she hear the train coming?
William Glenn
An English song about the near-annihilation of a sailing ship due to the previously undisclosed dastardly deeds of the captain.
Death & the Maiden
If you ever meet up with an old bald guy in the road, and his clothing is made of "the cold earth and clay," you're in trouble.
Chorni Voron (Black Raven)
A Russian song about a dying soldier sending a message back to his love.
The Cloudburst
About a hurricane in 1916 which caused terrible mudslides in the North Carolina mountains - from the singing of a woman in Ebenezer North Carolina (long since swallowed - Ebenezer, I mean, not the woman - by Raleigh)
The White Cockade
Her fiance is "pressed" into the army and she curses the man who took him: "Oh may he never prosper and may he never thrive in anything he turns his hand, as long as he's alive; may the very ground he treads on the grass refuse to grow..."
Charlie and the MTA
An updated, 12-tone version of the Kingston Trio classic.
Lid fun Titanik
A Yiddish song describing the destruction of the great ship.
Oh Death
"What is this that I can see, these icy fingers taking hold of me?"
That Was an Awful Night
A ballad Jane wrote about the Hurricane that crushed her roof.
Caballera Negra
By the Mexican composer Agustin Lara: "Magnificent black stone, enchanted labyrinth, I have told the secret of my soul to the shadow, my sadness and pain."
Dervisaki
A Greek widow tries to get her boyfriend to stop gambling and smoking the black hashish, and he promises to reform.
Kelesh Doncho
A Macedonian farmer is caught by the Turks with bombs hidden under the rye in his wagon. He's thrown in jail but betrays nobody.