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19920801It's here: the best all-comedy, all music show on twelve legs. Let's go!!!

Mark Hurst introduces

Dave Cohen , Skint Video and John Moloney. Special guest Tom Robinson. Producer Jon Magnusson

19920804Mark Hurst introduces

Dave Cohen , Skint Video and John Moloney. Special guest Tom Robinson.

19920808Growing pains, scout raps, Essex pistols and flares! Mark Hurst introduces

Dave Cohen , Skint Video and Jo Brand. Special guests Nine Below Zero. Keyboards Ben Parry. Producer Jon Magnusson

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19920815Love! Sex! Music! Comedy! David Bowie ! Er ...

Mark Hurst introduces

Dave Cohen , Skint Video and Jessica Martin. Special guest Neil Robert Herd. Keyboards Ben Parry. Producer Jon Magnusson

Love! Sex! Music! Comedy! David Bowie ! Er...

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19920822Buns 'n' Rose, Noisy Neighbours and the classless society. Anarchic comedy and music from Mark Hurst , Dave Cohen ,

Skint Video, Ronnie Golden. Special guest Rev Hammer. Keyboards Ben Parry. Producer Jon Magnusson

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19920829Barcelona, Gravy Trains and Bruce Forsyth worship. Mark Hurst introduces

Skint Video, Dave Cohen and John Hegley. Special guest Hope Augustus. Producer Jon Magnusson

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19920905Fears, phobias and GEORGE FORMBY too, in the last of the series.

MARK HURST introduces

Skint Video, DAVE COHEN and Richard Morton.

Special guest Stax Bodene. Producer JON MAGNUSSON

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19921205Mark Hurst hosts half an hour of comedy and music from Dave Cohen , Skint Video and special guests. From the Town and Country 2, North London. Producer Jon Magnusson
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19921212Mark Hurst hosts comedy and music from the Town and Country 2, London. Producer Jon Magnusson
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19921219Mark Hurst hosts half an hour of comedy and music from Dave Cohen. Skint Video and special guests. From the Town and Country 2. North London. Producer Jon Magnusson
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19930102Comedy and music from Dave Cohen , Skint Video and guests at the Red Rose Club, North London.

Presented by Mark Hurst. Producer Jon Magnusson

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19930109Mark Hurst hosts half an hour of comedy and music from Dave Cohen , Skint Video and special guests. From the Red Rose Club, North London.

Producer Jon Magnusson

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19930116with Dave Cohen , Skint

Video and special guests. From the Town and Country 2. North London. Producer Jon Magnusson

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20060110John Cavanagh with the stories behind well-known and loved songs.
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200604091/8. 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.
20060414John 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.
20060416John 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.
200604213/8. 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.
20060423John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs.
20060428John 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.
200605055/8. 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.
20060512John 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.
20060514John 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.
200605197/8. 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.
20060521John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs.
200605268/8. Ae Fond Kiss: John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs. Eddi Reader, Sheena Wellington and Harry Nical join John Cavanagh to tell the story behind the most beautiful Scottish love songs.
200605288/8. Ae Fond Kiss: John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs. Eddi Reader, Sheena Wellington and Harry Nical join John Cavanagh to tell the story behind the most beautiful Scottish love songs.
20070406Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

1/8. Described by Don McLean as 'the first rock dream', the mysteries surrounding his classic song, American Pie, are unravelled by John Cavanagh.

20070413Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

2/8. 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.

200704203/8. 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.

200704274/8. 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.

200705115/8. 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.
200705186/8. 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.

200705257/8. 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?

200706018/8. John Cavanagh puts another classic song under the spotlight.
200805111/8. John Cavanagh uncovers the story behind Ghost Town, by The Specials. A song that's been described as the most prescient number one in British chart history.
200805182/8. Louie Louie, with its famous opening riff, is one of the most covered songs in the world. John Cavanagh unravels the truth behind those notorious muffled lyrics.
200805253/8. Always On My Mind has been covered by Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop Boys. John Cavanagh tells the story behind this enduring ballad.
200806014/8. PF Sloan's song Eve of Destruction was banned in 1965 but its powerful lyrics still resonate 40 years later. John Cavanagh looks at this apocalyptic vision of the planet.
200806085/8. Annie Laurie is probably Scotland's most famous love song and was a favourite with soldiers during the Crimean War. John Cavanagh looks at the origins of this evocative ballad.
200806156/8. Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the most played song in the history of American radio. John Cavanagh tells the story behind this epic rock anthem.
200806227/8. Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns 20. John Cavanagh invites some famous fans to the party including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans, while Charlie and Craig Reid tell us why Easter Road Stadium will always be the spiritual home of this worldwide anthem.
200806298/8. Hallelujah was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but it remained obscure for over a decade. Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it has become one of the most used songs in film and TV. John Cavanagh discovers how the cult classic became so popular.
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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.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

With one of the the most exciting opening riffs ever, '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' took the Rolling Stones from blues band to rock 'n' roll giants. Although the lyrics attacked advertising and consumerism, the Stones went on to become one of the most sucessful brands in the world. John Cavanagh tells the story behind this sixties classic.

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'.

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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 Come20090627John 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'.

Always On My Mind20180601John Cavanagh tells the story behind the enduring ballad 'Always On My Mind'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Auld Lang Syne20081228
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Musicologist John Cavanagh explores the evolution of the timeless Scottish ballad.

Raise your glass to musicologist John Cavanagh, as he explores the evolution of the timeless Scottish ballad.

John Cavanagh explores the evolution of this famous Burns song.

Auld Lang Syne has been described as the song that nobody knows, but Songlines aims to put that to rights as John Cavanagh explores the evolution of this famous Burns song.

John Cavanagh explores the evolution of this great Burns song.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Bridge Over Troubled Water20180713John Cavanagh looks at Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

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'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 Songlines20090620John Cavanagh explores ABBA's Fernando and finds out why the track was such a big hit.
From A Distance2002102720200508 (RS)
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John Cavanagh tells the story of Julie Gold's anthem 'From a Distance'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

From A Distance20180622JOHN CAVANAGH tells the story of Julie Gold's anthem 'From a Distance'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Ghost Town20180720A look at the Specials song 'Ghost Town', a hit as riots spread across Britain in 1981.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

In July 1981, riots spread across Britain as industrial decline, record unemployment, and racial tensions spilled over into violence. Soundtrack to the dissatisfaction was Ghost Town by The Specials, an unsettling, politically-charged anthem which 27 years on, still resonates. John Cavanagh uncovers the story behind the song described as the most prescient number one in British chart history.

Hallelujah20180629'Hallelujah' was written by Leonard Cohen in 1985. John Cavanagh tells its story.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

'Hallelujah'was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but remained obscure for over a decade. Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley, and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it's become one of the most trafficked tunes in film and TV. John Cavanagh discovers how Hallelujah has become the not so cult classic it is today.

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)20081224Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns twenty.

John Cavanagh talks to famous fans including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans.

JOHN CAVANAGH invites famous fans to celebrate Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Let It Be20180615JOHN CAVANAGH tells the story of the classic Beatles track Let It Be.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

JOHN CAVANAGH tells the story of the classic Beatles track Let It Be which was inspired by a dream Paul McCartney had about his mother. We discover what went on in the recording studio and what provoked John Lennon's frustrations and outbursts towards McCartney, and the mystery surrounding Aretha Franklin's recording of the track.

Lili Marlene2006042720060428John 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.

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My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose2009010420100123 (BBC7)
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'John Cavanagh explores Robert Burns' classic love song with help from Kenneth McKellar.

John Cavanagh explores Robert Burns' classic love song with help from Kenneth McKellar, Jean Redpath and Sheena Wellington.

John Cavanagh explores the famous rivalries surrounding A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns.

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.

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.

Nkosi Sikelel' Iafrica20131206 (BBC7)
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The story of how Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica became the South African national anthem in 1994.

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica, a hymn written in 1897 was adopted by the ANC as its anthem of liberation and which, in 1994 became the national anthem of South Africa.

Seasons In The Sun20060511Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun is often written off as cheesy and sentimental. John explores the tragic tale's history.

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.

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Shipbuilding20180706John Cavanagh talks about the classic song Shipbuilding made famous by Elvis Costello.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow20170831 (BBC7)
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John Cavanagh tells the story behind Judy Garland's legendary theme tune.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

The Times They Are A' Changing2005011820190614 (RS)JOHN CAVANAGH and guests trace the roots of BOB DYLAN's 'The Times They Are a'Changing'.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

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 about his protest song Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

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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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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow20180525John Cavanagh tells the story of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's classic song.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

012006040720060409John 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 Man20060406John 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 Man For A' That2006040620090111
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John Cavanagh probes ROBERT BURNS' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom - also aimed at the pretentious ruling class.

John Cavanagh probes ROBERT BURNS' famous democratic song of liberty and freedom.

John Cavanagh takes a look at A Man's a Man For A' That by ROBERT BURNS.

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.

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 Pie2007040520070406Described by Don McLean as 'the first rock dream', the mysteries surrounding his classic song, American Pie, are unravelled by John Cavanagh.

Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

1/8. 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.

1/13. '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.

0220061008The 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.

2/13. 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.

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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.

Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

2/8. 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.

In 1987 Shane McGowan and JEM FINER penned the Pogues hit Fairytale of New York. Thirty years on and the song still has Irish emigrants weeping into their pints. It has also become a legacy to the late Kirsty McColl and a perennial Christmas classic.JOHN CAVANAGH delves into the remarkable story behind the song.

JOHN CAVANAGH delves into the remarkable story behind this classic Christmas song.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

In 1987 Shane McGowan and Jem Finer penned the Pogues hit Fairytale of New York. Thirty years on and the song still has Irish emigrants weeping into their pints. It has also become a legacy to the late Kirsty McColl and a perennial Christmas classic. John Cavanagh delves into the remarkable story behind the song.

02Where Have All The Flowers Gone?2006041320060414Written then forgotten by Pete Seeger. It became famous after success in the US.

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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032006042020060421Think 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.

3/8. 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.

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03Morning Has Broken20061015The hymn that became a pop song, then a hymn again. Its roots lie in the small Mull village of Bunessan.

3/13. John Cavanagh on the stories behind songs. Morning has Broken: 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 T2007041920070420Songlines 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.

3/8. Songlines demands your R.E.S.P.E.C.T this week for a soul classic.

0420060131John Cavanagh with the stories behind well-known and well-loved songs.
04Happy Birthday2007042620070427Be 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.

4/8. 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.

04Lili Marlene20060430He 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.

4/8. 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.

04What's Goin' On20061022Marvin Gaye's classic that captured the revolutionary mood of 1970s America.

4/13. John Cavanagh on the stories behind songs. In this edition he examines What's Going On, Marvin Gaye's classic that captured the revolutionary mood of 1970s America.

0520060507John 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.

5/8. 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 Water2007051020070511Simon 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.

5/8. 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.

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 Place2006050420060505A lament written by Mairi Mhor Nan Oran, a politically motivated crofter.

Her influence is still felt today.

5/8. 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.

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05What's Goin On2006020720060208It'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 Me2007051720070518Aspirational 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.

6/8. Aspirational anthem or neo-nazi rallying cry? Songlines investigates the incredible legacy of Tomorrow Belongs to Me.

06 LASTRedemption Song20060214was 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.

6/6. Redemption Song 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 Be2007052420070525John 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?

7/8. John Cavanagh puts the iconic Beatles song Let It Be under the spotlight.

07The Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond20061119John Cavanagh explores roads high and low on the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond with guests Donnie Munro and Kenneth McKellar.

7/12. Think you know the story behind the song? 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 Alone2006051820060519John 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.

7/8. 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.

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08Lili Marleen20061126John 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.

8/12. 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.

08 LAST20070531200706018/8. John Cavanagh puts another classic song under the spotlight.
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.

8/8. Ae Fond Kiss: John Cavanagh looks at the stories behind songs. Eddi Reader, Sheena Wellington and Harry Nical join John Cavanagh to tell the story behind the most beautiful Scottish love songs.

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09Farewell To The Place20061203A 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.

9/12. Farewell to the Place is 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 Sun20061210Terry 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.

10/12. 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.

11You'll Never Walk Alone20061217From 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.

11/12. 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.

13 LASTAe Fond Kiss20061224ROBERT 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.

13/13. 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.

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.

0101On Ilkla Moor Bah T'at1998113019990323Humorist David Stafford presents a five-part series which considers the origins of some of the best-known songs that have entered the collective memory.Richard Whiteley and Bill Oddie help to reveal the true story of life and death on a Yorkshire moor.
0102Amazing Grace1998120119990330SNP leader Alex Salmond and members of an American gospel choir trace the journey of this hymn, from the town of Olney in Cambridgeshire to the American Deep South via Joan Baez and the Scots Guards.

2: Amazing Grace. SNP leader Alex Salmond and members of an American gospel choir trace the development of this hymn tune. For details see yesterday

0103Happy Birthday1998120219990406Patty and Mildred Hill died penniless, but their birthday ditty is probably the best-known song in the world.

Children's entertainers and Italian restaurant waiters join forces to trace its roots.

0104The Red Flag1998120319990413Originally an Irish anthem, this was the acid test for aspiring Labour politicians.

With Tony Benn

4: The Red Flag. Tony Benn helps to uncover the roots of the anthem.

For details see Monday

0105 LASTThe Star-spangled Banner1998120419990420The American national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key after watching the British siege of Baltimore.

Comedian Adam Long and American football team the Monarchs help to tell the story.

5: The Star-spangled Banner. The history of the US national anthem. For details see Monday

0201Danny Boy2000050120010724He explores the origins of the Cetic song of love, loss and yearning.

With Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners and Henry Kelly.

0202The Floral Dance20000502From tenor Peter Dawson to the Helston Brass Band and Terry Wogan, Stafford traces the evolution of the floral dance.
0203La Marseillaise20000503As accusations of racism and blood lust envelop the French national anthem, David Stafford seeks expert witness from Tony Benn MP, French scholar Malcolm Cook and lyricist Charles Hart.
0204Kum Ba Yah20000504Heard in America's Deep South and in brownie camps in the Home Counties, this song with origins in Swahili is probably one of our most travelled collective-memory songs.

With Sheffield singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth (aka comedian Graham Fellows) and chief scout George Perdy.

0205 LASTMorning Has Broken20000505Rick Wakeman recalls his famous piano introduction to the 1973 Cat Stevens version, and the Beverley Sisters discuss the song's universal appeal.
0301It's A Long Way To Tipperary20020304David Stafford uncovers the true story behind the First World War anthem.
0302Clementine2002030520030219David Stafford deconstructs the origins of the American folk song / David Stafford deconstructs the origins of the American folk song.
0303Guantanamera2002030620030220David Stafford investigates the history and the symbolism of the old Cuban love song.
0304Ave Maria20020307David Stafford investigates the history of the sacred chant, with a little help from soprano Lesley Garrett.
0305 LASTSkye Boat Song2002030820030218David Stafford investigates the history of the romantic lullaby that is also a symbol of Scottish nationalism.
0401American Pie20071028Described by Don McLean as 'the first rock dream', the mysteries surrounding his classic song, American Pie, are unravelled by John Cavanagh

Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

1/8. Described by Don McLean as 'the first rock dream', the mysteries surrounding his classic song, American Pie, are unravelled by John Cavanagh.

0402Let It Be20071104John Cavanagh puts the iconic Beatles song Let It Be under the spotlight.

Inspired by a dream Paul Mccartney had about his own dead 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 Paul Mccartney, and what mystery still surrounds Aretha Franklin's recording of Let It Be?

Tantalising stories behind some of our most enduring and significant songs.

2/8. John Cavanagh puts the iconic Beatles song Let It Be under the spotlight. Inspired by a dream Paul McCartney had about his own dead 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 Paul McCartney, and what mystery still surrounds Aretha Franklin's recording of Let It Be?

0403R E S P E C T20071118Songlines 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.

3/8. Songlines demands your R.E.S.P.E.C.T this week for a soul classic.

0404Happy Birthday20071125Be careful the next time you go to sing Happy Birthday in public - you may have to pay royalties!

Unbelievably, the song is still under copyright until 2030.

In today's Songlines, John Cavanagh reveals remarkable stories behind the most popular song in the world, Happy Birthday to You.

4/8. Be careful the next time you go to sing Happy Birthday in public - you may have to pay royalties!

Unbelievably, the song is still under copyright until 2030. In today's Songlines, John Cavanagh reveals remarkable stories behind the most popular song in the world, Happy Birthday to You.

0405Bridge Over Troubled Water20071202Simon 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.

5/8. 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.

0406Tomorrow Belongs To Me20071209Aspirational 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.

6/8. 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.

0407The Girl From Ipanema20071216For many, The Girl From Ipanema is lift music, with connotations of cocktail lounges and hotel lobbies.

In today's Songlines, John Cavanagh explores the song's origins and reclaims the magic of the original.

Let the sibilant Portuguese lyrics, the trembling vocals of Astud Gilberto and the sexy saxophone of Stan Getz carry you off to Rio.

7/8. For many, The Girl From Ipanema is lift music, with connotations of cocktail lounges and hotel lobbies. In today's Songlines, John Cavanagh explores the song's origins and reclaims the magic of the original.

0408 LASTFairytale Of New York20071225In 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 has also become a legacy to the late Kirsty McColl and a perennial Christmas classic.

Songlines delves into the remarkable story behind the song.

8/8. 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 has also become a legacy to the late Kirsty McColl and a perennial Christmas classic.

0501Ghost Town2008050520080511John Cavanagh uncovers the story behind Ghost Town, by The Specials.

A song that's been described as the most prescient number one in British chart history.

1/8. John Cavanagh uncovers the story behind Ghost Town, by The Specials. A song that's been described as the most prescient number one in British chart history.

0502Louie Louie2008051220080518With its famous opening riff, Louie Louie is one of the most covered songs in the world.

John Cavanagh unravels the truth behind those notorious muffled lyrics.

2/8. Louie Louie, with its famous opening riff, is one of the most covered songs in the world. John Cavanagh unravels the truth behind those notorious muffled lyrics.

0503Always On My Mind2008051920080525It has been covered by Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop Boys.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind this enduring ballad.

3/8. Always On My Mind has been covered by Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and the Pet Shop Boys. John Cavanagh tells the story behind this enduring ballad.

0504Eve Of Destruction2008052620080601PF Sloan's song Eve of Destruction was banned in 1965 but its powerful lyrics still resonate 40 years later.

John Cavanagh looks at this apocalyptic vision of the planet.

4/8. PF Sloan's song Eve of Destruction was banned in 1965 but its powerful lyrics still resonate 40 years later. John Cavanagh looks at this apocalyptic vision of the planet.

0505Annie Laurie2008060220080608It's probably Scotland's most famous love song and was a favourite with soldiers during the Crimean War.

John Cavanagh looks at the origins of this evocative ballad.

5/8. Annie Laurie is probably Scotland's most famous love song and was a favourite with soldiers during the Crimean War. John Cavanagh looks at the origins of this evocative ballad.

0506Stairway To Heaven2008060920080615Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the most played song in the history of American radio.

John Cavanagh tells the story behind this epic rock anthem.

6/8. Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is the most played song in the history of American radio. John Cavanagh tells the story behind this epic rock anthem.

0507I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)2008061620080622
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Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns 20.

John Cavanagh invites some famous fans to the party including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans, while Charlie and Craig Reid tell us why Easter Road Stadium will always be the spiritual home of this worldwide anthem.

7/8. Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns 20. John Cavanagh invites some famous fans to the party including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans, while Charlie and Craig Reid tell us why Easter Road Stadium will always be the spiritual home of this worldwide anthem.

0508 LASTHallelujah2008062320080629
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It was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but it remained obscure for over a decade.

Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it has become one of the most used songs in film and TV.

John Cavanagh discovers how the cult classic became so popular.

8/8. Hallelujah was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but it remained obscure for over a decade. Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it has become one of the most used songs in film and TV. John Cavanagh discovers how the cult classic became so popular.

'Hallelujah'was originally written by Leonard Cohen in 1985 but remained obscure for over a decade. Transformed by John Cale, revised by Jeff Buckley, and even adapted as a tribute to football player Mark Viduka, it's become one of the most trafficked tunes in film and TV. John Cavanagh discovers how Hallelujah has become the not so cult classic it is today.

'Hallelujah' was written by Leonard Cohen in 1985. John Cavanagh tells its story.

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

07052015050520150817 (R4)'Josie Long hears stories of music and memory. From the song that proves your parents right - rock and roll really will lead you down a dangerous path of drugs and destruction - to the symphony that haunted one man's dreams for decades.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

The items featured in the programme are:

96 Tears

Feat. Anthony Bourdain

Produced by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler and Rick Moody

Piano Man

Feat. Barry Colson

Produced by Sindre Leganger

The Stage

Feat. Grace Savage

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Lullaby

Feat. Colin Dexter

Produced by Phil Smith

Dream Symphony

Feat. Stuart Sharp

Produced by Olivia Humphreys with Jodie Taylor.

09Annie Laurie20110801
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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.

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 real Annie Laurie

Series exploring the histories behind classic and popular songs.

09I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)2008122820081224Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns twenty.

John Cavanagh talks to famous fans including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans.

Songlines celebrates as the Proclaimers' I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) turns twenty. John Cavanagh talks to famous fans including Matt Lucas, David Tennant and Chris Evans.

09Stairway To Heaven201108011/1

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.