Songlines [Radio Scotland]

John Cavanagh with the stories behind well-known and well-loved songs.

Episodes

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20060110
20060117
20060416

John Cavanagh on the stories behind songs. 2/8. This edition features Where Have all the Flowers Gone, written then forgotten by Pete Seeger. It became famous after success in the US.

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20060512

Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun is often written off as cheesy and sentimental. John explores the tragic tale's history.

20060514

John Cavanagh on the stories behind songs. Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun is often written off as cheesy and sentimental. John explores the tragic tale's history.

20060521
(i Can't Get No) Satisfaction

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction20090706

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction20090706

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Built around a powerful opening riff, the song attacked advertising and consumerism.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction2009070620090711 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction2009070620090711 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Built around a powerful opening riff, the song attacked advertising and consumerism.

(i Can't Get No) Satisfaction2009070620090711

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Built around a powerful opening riff, the song attacked advertising and consumerism.

John Cavanagh tells the story of the Rolling Stones classic (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction20090711
A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come20091227
A Change Is Gonna Come20091227

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - the song referred to by Barack Obama in his presidential acceptance speech.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

A Change Is Gonna Come20090622

A Change Is Gonna Come20090622

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - the song referred to by Barack Obama in his presidential acceptance speech.

A Change Is Gonna Come2009062220090627 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

A Change Is Gonna Come2009062220091227 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

A Change Is Gonna Come2009062220091227 (RS)
20090627 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - the song referred to by Barack Obama in his presidential acceptance speech.

A Change Is Gonna Come2009062220090627

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' - the song referred to by Barack Obama in his presidential acceptance speech.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'.

A Change Is Gonna Come20090627
A Man's A Man For A' That20090111

John Cavanagh takes a look at A Man's a Man For A' That, Robert Burns' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom, which was also aimed at the pretentions of the ruling class.

A Man's a Man For A' That20090111

John Cavanagh takes a look at A Man's a Man For A' That, Robert Burns' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom, which was also aimed at the pretentions of the ruling class.

Euro Songlines20090615

Euro Songlines2009061520090620 (RS)

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando and finds out why the track was such a big hit.

Euro Songlines20090615

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando, which links a Swedish ballad of lost love with a chip shop in Walthamstow, plus he finds out why the track was such a big hit.

Euro Songlines2009061520090620 (RS)

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando, which links a Swedish ballad of lost love with a chip shop in Walthamstow, plus he finds out why the track was such a big hit.

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando and finds out why the track was such a big hit.

Euro Songlines2009061520090620

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando, which links a Swedish ballad of lost love with a chip shop in Walthamstow, plus he finds out why the track was such a big hit.

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando and finds out why the track was such a big hit.

Euro Songlines20090620

John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando and finds out why the track was such a big hit.

Lili Marlene2006042720060428

John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs. He looks at Lili Marlene, it was banned by Joeseph Goebells but went on to become one of the best known songs of World War Two.

My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose20090104

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns is one of Scotland's most enduring love songs. John Cavanagh explores the famous rivalries surrounding its publication.

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose20090104

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns is one of Scotland's most enduring love songs. John Cavanagh explores the famous rivalries surrounding its publication.

Seasons In The Sun20060511

Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun is often written off as cheesy and sentimental. John explores the tragic tale's history.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?20140421

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?20140421

The late Pete Seeger chats to John Cavanagh about the long history behind his classic protest song, Where Have all the Flowers Gone. Pete first wrote the song in 1955 and then forgot about it. But you can't keep a classic song down and, after becoming a hit in the US for The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary, it made its way to Germany where Marlene Dietrich gave it iconic status, and to the UK where folk singer Tommy Sand's version became an anthem for peace in Northern Ireland.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?2014042120140429 (RS)

The late Pete Seeger chats to John Cavanagh about the long history behind his classic protest song, Where Have all the Flowers Gone. Pete first wrote the song in 1955 and then forgot about it. But you can't keep a classic song down and, after becoming a hit in the US for The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary, it made its way to Germany where Marlene Dietrich gave it iconic status, and to the UK where folk singer Tommy Sand's version became an anthem for peace in Northern Ireland.

The late Pete Seeger chats to John Cavanagh about the long history behind his classic protest song, Where Have all the Flowers Gone. Pete first wrote the song in 1955 and then forgot about it. But you can't keep a classic song down and, after becoming a hit in the US for The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary, it made its way to Germany where Marlene Dietrich gave it iconic status, and to the UK where folk singer Tommy Sand's version became an anthem for peace in Northern Ireland.

The late Pete Seeger chats about his protest song Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Will You Love Me Tomorrow20090629

Will You Love Me Tomorrow2009062920090704 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's classic song.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow20090629

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Written over four decades ago, the song addresses issues which remain relevant today.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow2009062920090704 (RS)

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Written over four decades ago, the song addresses issues which remain relevant today.

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's classic song.

Will You Love Me Tomorrow20090704
Will You Love Me Tomorrow *2009062920090704

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's Will You Love Me Tomorrow. Written over four decades ago, the song addresses issues which remain relevant today.

John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's classic song.

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John Cavanagh takes a look at A Man's A Man, Robert Burns' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom, in which he takes a pot shot at the pretensions of the ruling class.

01A Man's A Man20060406

John Cavanagh takes a look at A Man's A Man, Robert Burns' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom, in which he takes a pot shot at the pretensions of the ruling class.

01American Pie2007040520070406

Described by Don McLean as 'the first rock dream', the mysteries surrounding his classic song, American Pie, are unravelled by John Cavanagh.

01The House Of The Rising Sun20061001

'There is a house in New Orleans they call the Rising Sun'.

It's an opening line so embedded in the psyche of a generation that it's impossible to say without bursting into song.

John Cavanagh goes in search of the original rising sun house, and discovers how the Animals' classic rock rendition of House of the Rising Sun took a 17th century English folk song to number one in 1964.

0220061008

The story of one of the most evocative laments in Scottish culture. After the Battle of Flodden, a badly wounded soldier ran all the way home to Selkirk. On his arrival he cast a captured English standard around his head to show that all the others had been killed. But were they? John Cavanagh traces the origins of the song and the tune, now played all over the world to commemorate those who have fallen in combat.

02Fairytale Of New York2007041220070413

In 1987 Shane Mcgowan and Jem Finer penned the Pogues hit Fairytale of New York.

Twenty years on and the song still has Irish emigrants weeping into their pints.

It's also become a legacy to the late Kirsty Mccoll and a perennial Christmas classic.

Songlines delves into the remarkable story behind the song.

02Where Have All The Flowers Gone?2006041320060414

Written then forgotten by Pete Seeger. It became famous after success in the US.

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Think you know the story behind the song? John Cavanagh explores the high and the low roads on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond with guests Donnie Munro, Sheena Wellington and Kenneth McKellar.

03Morning Has Broken20061015

The hymn that became a pop song, then a hymn again. Its roots lie in the small Mull village of Bunessan.

03R E S P E C T2007041920070420

Songlines demands your R.E.S.P.E.C.T this week for a soul classic.

Otis Redding first ignited the listeners' attention before the song burst into flames with Aretha Franklin's interpretation, transforming it into a rallying call for civil rights in America, as well as an anthem for women around the world.

Plus John Cavanagh discovers a unique 21st century interpretation dedicated just to him.

0420060131
04Happy Birthday2007042620070427

Be careful the next time you go to sing Happy Birthday in public as you may have to pay royalties, because unbelievably, the song is still under copyright until 2030.

In today's Songlines, John Cavanagh reveals remarkable stories behind the world's most popular song.

04Lili Marlene20060430

He looks at Lili Marlene, it was banned by Joeseph Goebells but went on to become one of the best known songs of World War Two.

04What's Goin' On20061022

Marvin Gaye's classic that captured the revolutionary mood of 1970s America.

0520060507

John Cavanagh on the stories behind songs. Farewell to the Place: A lament written by Mairi Mhor Nan Oran, a politically motivated crofter. Her influence is still felt today.

05Bridge Over Troubled Water2007051020070511

Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water is a song of peace, hope and healing, but the recording of the song and album exposed many of the underlying tensions that eventually led to the break up of the harmonious duo. John Cavanagh delves into the story behind the song.

05Farewell To The Place2006050420060505

A lament written by Mairi Mhor Nan Oran, a politically motivated crofter.

Her influence is still felt today.

05What's Goin On2006020720060208

It's early 70s America, there's a generation in revolt - and out of Motown comes a record which asks the question on everyones lips - What's Going On. The story of Marvin Gaye's surprise hit.

06Tomorrow Belongs To Me2007051720070518

Aspirational anthem or neo-nazi rallying cry? Songlines investigates the incredible legacy of Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

Written for Cabaret, the song charts Germany's pre-war tipping point from decadence to destruction, but is now feted by racist groups who've entirely missed the irony. John Cavanagh asks if it's too late to reclaim it.

06 LASTRedemption Song20060214

was the last track on the last album recorded and released before Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981.

John Cavanagh explores the song's universal and lasting power.

07Let It Be2007052420070525

John Cavanagh puts the iconic Beatles song Let It Be under the spotlight.

Inspired by a dream Paul Mccartney had about his late mother, what went on in the recording studio, where dozens of versions of the song were cut? What provoked John Lennon's frustrations and outbursts towards McCartney, and what mystery still surrounds Aretha Franklin's recording of the song?

07The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond20061119

John Cavanagh explores roads high and low on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond with guests Donnie Munro and Kenneth McKellar.

07You'll Never Walk Alone2006051820060519

John Cavanagh traces the history of You'll Never Walk Alone, from its origins in a Broadway musical to its adoption by football fans and its status in the American AIDS awareness movement.

08Lili Marleen20061126

John Cavanagh comes out from underneath the lamplight to tell us the haunting story of Lili Marleen. Banned by Goebbels, it became one of the best known songs of World War II.

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08 LASTAe Fond Kiss2006052520060526
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Eddi Reader, Sheena Wellington and Harry Nical join John Cavanagh to tell the story behind the most beautiful Scottish love songs.

09Farewell To The Place20061203

A beautiful lament written in the 19th century by Mairi Mhor Nan Oran.

A strong, politically-motivated crofting woman, her influence still resonates today, particularly on her home of Skye.

Over the years, Soraidh Leis An Ait has become an anthem for the island.

John Cavanagh finds out why.

10Seasons In The Sun20061210

Terry Jacks' Seasons In The Sun is often written off as sentimental and cheesy. Yet at the time it struck a chord - we felt the emotion and sang along to every word.

John Cavanagh explores the song's varied history: from its origins as a French Chanson to the more recent Nirvana cover version, and reveals why this tragic tale of death can still affect us today.

11You'll Never Walk Alone20061217

From its origins in a Broadway musical to its adoption by football fans, through to its torch song status in the American AIDS awareness movement, You'll Never Walk Alone has proved to be one of the most inspiration songs of the 20th century.

John Cavanagh visits Liverpool's Anfield ground as he traces its history.

13 LASTAe Fond Kiss20061224

Robert Burns wrote Ae Fond Kiss after parting from his unrequited love Clarinda. John Cavanagh investigates the story behind one of the most beautiful Scottish love songs.

9Annie Laurie20110801

Annie Laurie is probably Scotland's best-known love song and was a great favourite with soldiers during the Crimean war. The evocative ballad is now sung and loved all over the world but the story behind the song is less well known. John Cavangh reveals the real Annie Laurie who inspired her sweetheart to write the lyrics and the Lady who much later adapted his words and gave them the beautiful melody we know today.

John Cavanagh reveals the origins of Scotland's enduring ballad, Annie Laurie.

09Annie Laurie20110801

is probably Scotland's best-known love song and was a great favourite with soldiers during the Crimean war. The evocative ballad is now sung and loved all over the world but the story behind the song is less well known. John Cavangh reveals the real Annie Laurie who inspired her sweetheart to write the lyrics and the Lady who much later adapted his words and gave them the beautiful melody we know today.

John Cavanagh reveals the origins of Scotland's enduring ballad, Annie Laurie.

9Stairway to Heaven20110801

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the most played song in the history of American radio. Soon after its release, guitar shops began to ban budding guitarists from trying out their skills on the intro. Stairway has been covered by more than a hundred artists and the song is so popular that Rolf Harris was able to storm the charts with his wobble board version. John Cavanagh tells the story behind the classic song that has become the template for the epic rock anthem.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind the classic rock anthem, Stairway to Heaven.

09Stairway To Heaven20110801

1/1

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the most played song in the history of American radio. Soon after its release, guitar shops began to ban budding guitarists from trying out their skills on the intro. Stairway has been covered by more than a hundred artists and the song is so popular that Rolf Harris was able to storm the charts with his wobble board version. John Cavanagh tells the story behind the classic song that has become the template for the epic rock anthem.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind the classic rock anthem, Stairway to Heaven.