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Yip Harburg and the Story of 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead'

Fred Dellar, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

THOUGH I HAVE tremendous sympathy for those who lost their jobs, their dignity and sometimes their lives, following the pit closures and ensuing strike of 1984-85, the recent elevation of 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' to chart status on a wave of hate, brought me little joy but made me wonder what Yip Harburg would have thought of it all.

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