Alas, I can’t sing to you through the blog (and you wouldn’t want me to anyway – I don’t even do Raglan Road any more, just the occasional Parting Glass.) But I can tell you this:
Back in the salad days when I used to entertain the gang on camping trips, a favourite component of the repertoire was the old Stones classic Ruby Tuesday. I think it was because I was seeing my future there. My favourite recorded version wasn’t the original, however, but the one done by Melanie in 1971. It has the tone of insipient tragedy just about right.
And Melanie Safka came from New York. It seems that an awful lot of what’s good comes from New York.