John Henry (Folklore Character)

I chose the version by Henry Belafonte and the version by Van Morrison. Belafonte’s version was more of a story than a song. He enunciated the words and spoke in a cheerful tone and the music was cheerful too. In Morrison’s, the music was even more cheerful and had even more music it seemed like. He sang and it was more of a song than a story. It was honestly hard to understand what he was saying though. I feel that we had different versions to choose from because the story could be interpreted different ways and could be seen as cheerful or sorrowful. Also, it seemed like some singers wanted the story to be seen as a story rather than a song.

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