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Thread #2103   Message #64542
Posted By: Ferrara
20-Mar-99 - 12:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: Going Home / Goin' Home (Dvorak)
Subject: Info: Way Down the Road (Craig Johnson)
Barbara, "Way Down The Road," the one you mention, is a stunning song written by Craig Johnson, the fiddler in the Double Decker String Band. Craig has the ability to write songs that should have been traditional, even if they aren't.

My own hearing of the song's chorus (without verifying this by looking up the bootleg tape Bill made when Craig did a house concert in our home, because that would be too much like work) is, "Blow your whistle all through the pines, / Out across the mountain to the Clinchfield line (?)/Blow for better times, Way down the Road." Better times, in the sense of an end to economic depression and hardship. I wish with all my heart that Craig would record a CD of his own songs. Someone else has recorded "New Harmony" and "Keewanaw Light," both songs of his.

No, my "Down De Road" (to give it its proper spelling) was to the tune of the spiritual in Dvor>ak's New World Symphony. (The ">" is a substitute for the actual mark that's supposed to be over the r.)

Dick, can you get hold of the obscure "Swanee River"?