Two broadsheet songs: 'Oh, Brother, did you weep?' (words and music by MacColl, illustration by Audrey Seyfang) and 'Yankee Doodle' (words by MacColl, and illustration by 'Catchpole').

Ewan MacColl; Audrey Seyfang; 'Catchpole' [Folksingers for Freedom in Vietnam]
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SKU: 8308

Excessively scarce survivals, with no copies of either item appearing on COPAC or WorldCat. Both are printed on one side of a leaf roughly 25 x 20 cm. In fair condition, with light creasing to extremities. Item One (on grey paper, with illustration by Audrey Seyfang): 'Oh, Brother, did you weep? | words and music by Ewan MacColl'. Four verses, the first reading: 'Disc of sun in the belching smoke, | Blazing huts where children choke, | Burning flesh and blackened blood, | Charred and blistered like smould'ring wood.' Item Two (on grey paper, with illustration by 'Catchpole'): 'YANKEE DOODLE | words: Ewan MacColl'. Nine verses, the first reading '1. Yankee Doodle came to town, | H-bombs in his pocket, | Says, "Chum, if you don't toe the line: | I'll blast you with a rocket!" | Chorus: YANKEE DOODLE, UNCLE SAM, | BATMAN, ALSO SUPERMAN, | KNOWN FROM HERE TO VIET-NAM | AS YANKEE DOODLE DANDY.' Concludes, with reference to the British prime minister of the time, 'And as he kills, dear Mr. Wilson | Murmurs little speeches.' According to Karl Dallas (Morning Star, 16 November 2007) it was he who 'first mooted the idea' of an anti-Vietnam War 'campaign in the folk scene', with the 'singers' group' being formed by Dallas in conjunction with Ewan MacColl and Gordon McCulloch.