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Subject: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:32 AM

Mudcat CD -- Violet: Contents

1. Babe_Aint_No_Lie                    JustaPicker        2:26
2. Make Hay While the Sun Shines                  Kendall        2:44
3. Love Is Teasin'                                Alice        1:55
4. Connecticut Waltz                          Barbara Shaw        2:40
5. Wings of Song                           Jeri Corlew        4:00
6. Sailor And His Bride                       Magaret MacArthur        2:27
7. Joe Whitaker                                    Radriano        5:01
8. Campsite at Drumcree                        Derrymacash        3:28
9. Turtle Dove                     treewind / Mary Humphreys        2:46
10. My Man                                          Ian Boughton/Genie        3:04
11. Henry Joy                                 Martin Ryan                         2:25
12. Whiskey Before Breakfast             Sorcha and Friends        1:40
13. Shadows of the Night Time            DWDitty        3:14
14. Yvette's Song                             Sorcha Dorcha
15. Soul of a Wanderer                  Jed Marum        5:56
16. All the Day                                 Mooh (Mike Crocker)        5:43
17. Twa Corbies                        Llanfair        4:01
18. Cool Cup of Water               Khandu        4:26
19. Hard Times Come Again No More                  KimC        3:44
20. When We Gather Once More                        Rick Fielding        3:51
21. The Song (Reprise)                          Harvey Andrews


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Genie
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 12:41 AM

Ciorrection, Amos,

It is Jeannie who sings with Ian Boughton, not me, Genie.

I know, it's that pesky spelling thaing!

Genie
¤:-D


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 01:00 AM

Right!! An old typo I thought I had corrected. Apologies.

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:03 AM

A description of the background and purpose for this thread can be found HERE.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 04:44 PM

For liner notes on "Connecticut Waltz" performed by Barbara Shaw with ShoreGrass, written by Barbara Shaw:

The Shaws sat around many a jam playing the Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and other state waltzes. After looking and not finding one for Connecticut, Barbara wrote this for her home state. Lyrics still need to be de-corned.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Jeanie
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 05:49 PM

Yes - just sending to confirm that it's me with Ian doing "My Man".

Really looking forward to hearing all these CDs ! Thanks Amos.

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 08:39 PM

Just trying to catch Violet up to speed here.....she seems to have fewer posts. Plum is ahead....what is wit dat Plum Girl, innyway?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 09:53 PM

Correction: The song by khandu is called "Cool Cup of Water", not "Glass of Water". Any mudelf who can fix my error? He's the alliterative sort, see?

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: khandu
Date: 04 Nov 02 - 10:46 PM

An "illiterate" sort? Was that an insult?

Looks like the makings of a good CD there, Amos! It is an honor to be included with these fellow Mudcatters! What a roster!

Since this a lyric and comment thread...here goes!

"Cool Cup of Water" is a rather "raw" song about a world-weary, well-worn wayfarer (How's that for illiterate, Amos!) who is sustained only by the love of his family and his Faith in the God of "Grace and Mercy".

COOL CUP OF WATER...khandu

(Chorus)
Just a cool cup of water to soothe my weary soul
Grace and a little Mercy,
And a cool cup of water before I go.

Oh, mama, don't you weep and don't you cry, my son
Trust in the Lord my soul to keep.
The Day is nearly over, and there's so much to be done.
And miles that I must go before I sleep.
And miles and miles to go before I sleep

(Repeat chorus)

Sometimes the road gets rocky, sometimes the travelin's hard,
Sometimes it seems like more than I can stand.
But I'll trust in the Master and the way He deals the cards
For I know He's got my whole world in His hands
It's true He's got the whole world in His hands

(Repeat Chorus)

khandu


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 12:13 AM

Just as beautiful in print as it is in the air, khandu! Thanks!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: treewind
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 04:25 AM

Amos or whoever's in charge of track titling:
Another bit of administrivia -

Track 9 is Mary Humphreys only

It came from a CD of both of us, but I'm not playing or singing in that track.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,IanB at work
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 05:00 AM

Apologies to both Genies/Jeannies for confusion, and thanks to Amos.

Administrivia? A word I shall pinch!!! So, for ours - like Khandu's, this has a certain God-quotient to it. This is a version of the old Willie Dixon blues, laid down as a reaction against the insipid, watered-down stuff that passes for worship music in certain of our British churches these days. Re-written with some fairly raw Christian lyrics, and sung in Jeannie's jazz voice: my favourite line is 'My man, his name is Jesus - and I'm gonna follow Him till hell freezes' !!!

Looking forward to hearing everything else!

- Ian B


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,Mary Humphreys
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 07:41 AM

Re Track 9. Treewind ( Anahata) is being far too modest.He should be listed as the inspiration for the song in the first place, and the superb recording engineer in the second place. So - keep him there in the credits please.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 09:33 AM

You guys are entirely too polite!! LOL!!!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 10:25 AM

The bodhrán accompaniment on "Henry Joy" is by one Steve Cooper - not a Mudcatter but an all-round good guy anyway!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: treewind
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 11:02 AM

Oh all right, list me as recording engineer.
My contribution was to sit reverently at Mary's feet with a glass of wine in my hand, watching the level meters and trying not to make any extraneous noises.

The song was particularly poignant at the time as we were still living 200 miles apart and seeing each other only at weekends.

'nuff said.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: radriano
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 11:18 AM

Liner notes for "Joe Whitaker":

This selection is from my former band "Out of the Rain" and was recorded in 1992.

JOE WHITAKER (Don West/Marla Fibish ©1989)
Don West is a poet, preacher, worker, activist, and founder of The Appalachian Folklife Society of Pipestem, West Virginia. His poems speak, and often angrily, of the sorrows, joys and hardships of life. 'Joe Whitaker' is Marla's setting of West's moody and haunting poem 'A-Trompin.'
Lead vocal: Marla

Out of the Rain is: Richard Adrianowicz (vocals, guitar, whistle), Marla Fibish (vocals, mandolin, mandola, guitar), Suzanne Friend (vocals, whistle, bodhran), Cait Reed (fiddle, vocals).

Radriano (Richard Adrianowicz)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 02:03 PM

Radriano:

Hadn't realized there was an outstanding copyright on it. IS it okay with DOn West to've used his poem? I assume MArla's willin'! :>) OR is this a non-issue?

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: radriano
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 07:02 PM

Hi Amos,

The copyright symbol is for Marla's reworking of the poem into a song and, more specifically, that particular arrangement of the song. In other words, I think we're okay here. I've spoke to Marla this morning (Nov 5) and she has given her consent to include "Joe Whitaker" in the Violet compilation.

Marla is very thorough about such matters although I can't remember whether she contacted Don West or, for that matter, whether he's still alive. I'll send an e-mail to her right now and make sure about this.

Richard


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 05 Nov 02 - 08:17 PM

OK, thanks. Trying to cross all the i's, you unnerstan' :>)

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:14 AM

Notes and lyrics: HENRY JOY

An Ulster man I am proud to be,
From the Antrim glens I come.
Although I labour by the sea,
I have followed flag and drum.
I have heard the martial tramp of men;
I've seen them fight and die.
Ah! lads I well remember when
I followed Henry Joy.

2. I pulled my boat in from the sea,
I hid my sails away.
I hung my nets upon a tree
And scanned the moonlit bay.
The boys were out, the redcoats too,
I bade my wife good-bye,
And then beneath the greenwood glade
I followed Henry Joy.         

3. Alas, for Ireland's cause we fought
For home and sire we bled.
Though our arms were few, our hearts beat true
And five to one lay dead.
And many a lassie missed her lad
And mother mourned her boy,
For youth was strong in the dashing throng
That followed Henry Joy.

4. In Belfast town they built a tree
And the redcoats mustered there.
I watched him come as the roll of the drum
Sounded on the barrack square.
He kissed his sister, went aloft
Then waved a last good-bye,
And as he died, I turned and cried
They have murdered Henry Joy.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Henry Joy McCracken was born in Belfast, in 1767. A member of one of the most notable Presbyterian commercial families in that city, he joined the Society of United Irishmen and led the Republican forces when they captured Antrim town from the British garrison in 1798. Arrested after the insurrection, he was courtmartialled and hanged in the Cornmarket, Belfast, on the evening of July 17th, 1798. His sister Mary Ann walked arm-in-arm with him to the gallows.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: khandu
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 12:42 AM

In my excitement, I did an injustice and left out an integral part of "Cool Cup".

I sing the song and play guitar; background vocal and bohdran (sp?) is provided by my bestest friend, David A. of Springfield, LA.

David is the guy with the equipment and the know-how. He is responsible for any of my songs ever being recorded. He is also a great guy who makes me laugh!

"Cool Cup" is as much David A., as it is khandu.

k


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: MartinRyan
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 02:47 AM

Amos

The version I sing has one major and a few minor differences from that given above. Here we go:

Notes and lyrics: HENRY JOY

An Ulster man I am proud to be,
From the Antrim glens I come.
And though I am but a fisherman,
I have followed fife and drum.
I have heard the martial tramp of feet;
I've seen men fight and die.
And it's well do I remember when
I followed Henry Joy.

2. I pulled my boat up from the sea,
And I hid my sails away.
I hung my nets on a greenwood tree
And I scanned the moonlit bay.
The pikes were out and the redcoats too,
I kissed my wife good-bye,
And in the shade of a greenwood glade
I followed Henry Joy.         

3. In Antrim town the tyrant stood
And he tore our ranks with ball
But with a cheer and our pikes to clear
Sure we drove them from the wall
Our pikes and sabres clashed that day
We won, then lost - ah why?
no matter boys, I stood beside
And I fought with Henry Joy

4. In Belfast town they built a tree
And the redcoats mustered there.
I watched him come as the roll of the drum
Rolled round the barrack square.
He kissed his sister, went aloft
Then bade his last good-bye,
I turned aside , "My God", I cried
"You have murdered Henry Joy."


Regards


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,IanB at work
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 06:34 AM

Oh sorry, hadn't realised we had to do a 'who did what'. Vocals on ours by Jeannie (Jean Summers) and both guitars by me.

PM with suggestion on its way, Amos... if I can do it as a GuestAtWork.

- ian B


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Jeri
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:20 AM

Why We Sing
© 2001 Jeri Corlew
Vocals by me, all unaccompaniment by me, recording engineer: that's my fault too, and...

Inspiration: Big Mick and the Why We Sing threads.

Despair is in our cities and the squalor in the street
Where the grandest dream a soul can have is to find enough to eat
And most of us just walk on past and do not meet their eyes
For a soul just like ours looking back, we'd be hurt to recognise

There are stories in the city, there are stories everywhere
And children suffer horrors from a world that doesn't care
And you'd think their hope would waste away, for who could stand the pain
And you'd think they're just like all the rest, and you'd better think again

For there are souls behind those wizened eyes that have seen the worst of man
And something keeps them going on and giving what they can
Each phoenix spirit waits for passion's fire to give it wing
To find a reason to rise up, and it's why we sing

When we sing a spark within us wakes and is fanned into a flame
To those who hear our spirit's voice, it calls in them the same
And soon that light within us grows and wells up like a spring
And it fills the barren emptiness, and it's why we sing.

Though our hearts, they may be jaded, we still listen for that call
When we find a spark in one soul, we can see it in them all
And whether it's a greater power or a simple human thing
It calls out to the best in us and it's why we sing


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 06 Nov 02 - 10:21 AM

...but when you hear her sing it, standby to have your hair stand up and chills run rampant, it is that beautiful. So there!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Big Mick
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 07:55 AM

I had always wanted to write a song based on my thoughts about the things I have seen, and the struggles that we all wrestle with. But I never could, and once my dear friend Jeri wrote this, I knew that I didn't have to. The minute I heard her sing it, I knew that the thoughts had found their voice, as well. You would do well to read the thread that Jeri linked to so you can see the inspiration. And hearing her sing that one song will justify the cost of the CD. I don't know if I ever told you this, Jeri, but I am so proud to have had a little part of your writing this wonderful bit of imagery. Thanks.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 08:45 AM

I love you too, Mick

I should have posted "Why We Sing" in the Orchid thread because that's the CD it's on.

This CD has -

WINGS OF SONG
© 2002 Jeri Corlew

At the end of the day
There are no words to say
And despair fills my heart - all is lost, all is gone
And the laughter of years
Ends in silence and tears
For you've gone on the wings of a song
How I sang for you then
Said farewell to a friend
Now I walk through a world that feels strange, somehow wrong
Empty room, empty save
The life you lived and love you gave
And memory of the wings of a song

Through the dark, lonely night
There is still guiding light
From the moon, from the stars, from the hope in my heart
And my love shows the way
Out of dark into day
Afraid to fall, I still make a start
And my spirit takes flight
Rises into the night
Meek at first, building power as the song rolls along
And I know, down the years
Past the grief, past the tears
You will live on the wings of a song

Borne on wings made of song
Spirits bright, spirits strong
High and free like the wind, dancing fearless at dawn
And I know you're near
In my voice it's you I hear
And you come on the wings of a song
So I sing to the sky
And my spirit will fly
High and free like the wind, dancing fearless at dawn
While I live, while I sing
While these notes rise and ring
Spirits soar on the wings of a song

------------------------------
I wrote the tune as a lament for Mick and his friend Jim, who passed minutes after Mick sang "The Parting Glass" for him in his hospital room. The words came later. I tried hard to write the song for someone else and, in the end, it wasn't going to come unless I wrote it for myself.

This one's for Vaughn Ward


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 12:17 PM

Man...what a heart, lass, what a heart.

Thank you.

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 12:31 PM

Jeri, your lyrics are beautiful poetry. I belong to a writer's group with several talented poets, and I have not heard anything there any better than what you've written. You really have a special gift for the written - and apparently sung - word and I'm looking forward to hearing your songs.

Thank goodness I didn't post my corny lyrics to Connecticut Waltz but rather have it on 'Violet' as an instrumental. I should also probably mention for the liner notes of Connecticut Waltz that it is led by our fiddler, Larry Rothermel. He is a strings teacher at the local intermediate school, and did an arrangement of the waltz for violin, viola, cello and bass for his 7th and 8th graders. They played it at their spring concert, and claimed to prefer it to their other piece, the Brandenburg Concerto. I can guess why, but prefer to think it's the melody.

Thanks again, Amos, for your enthusiasm, inspiration and hard work.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 03:45 PM

And a loverly instrumental it is, too, Barbara.

As for enthusiasm, it's just "the way I was drawn" when it comes to Catters and their music.

You know you're more than welcome!


A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 04:46 PM

Thanks, Barbara & Amos. I hope the cuts I sent match your expectations. I'm looking forward to hearing the CDs - what a load of talent we have here!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 07 Nov 02 - 07:10 PM

Well, as to expectations, they exceeded mine. But you already knew that!!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 09:21 AM

Notes, lyrics and credits, anyone??? Make sure Michaelr has your song listing the way you want it to read!!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 11:36 AM

Come on -- you shrinking violets! Let's hear what's in and behind those wondrous songs so bright!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: radriano
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 11:51 AM

Here are the lyrics to "Joe Whitaker." Performance is by my former band "Out of the Rain" recorded in 1989 for our second cassette "Song of the Wage Slave." Band member Marla Fibish wrote a melody for Don West's poem (it was originally titled "A-Trompin") and turned the second verse into a chorus.

For more information about Don West, click here

JOE WHITAKER
Words by Don West, melody by Marla Fibish © 1989

Where ya been, Joe Whitaker
A-trompin all around
What are you cravin now, Joe
Are ya gonna settle down

Chorus:
Ever think on the olden days
The laurel by the spring
Ever see the mossy mill
Or hear the river sing

What ya seen, Joe Whittaker
In the big world outside
Trompin 'round in your cities
And places far and wide

Oh I've seen the world, Ellen
And still trompin on
Seen a mighty ocean blue, now
And Kings upon their throne

What ya seen, Ellen Lee
With your eyes of blue-grey
Ever change your smilin face, now
Or graceful girlish ways

Oh I've waited long for you, Joe
Many a lonesome year
Knitin socks and hoein corn, Joe
While wishin you were here

Oh, I'm waitin now for you, Joe
Nigh the old mossy mill
You'll find me deep a-sleepin
In the graveyard on the hill


Radriano


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Mooh
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 12:45 PM

All The Day was recorded live to digital tape in the living room of one of the band members in 1995. The band then was known as Homespun and now as Kerrykeel. The cd is titled Eight Hands Round. Virtually no other technology was involved other than during mixing and printing bulk cds. The group has not recorded since, and has substantially changed membership, though I still hang in there.

Lead vocal and pennywhistle by Dave Armour.

Octave mandolin by Mike Reynolds.

Button accordion by Warren Robinson.

Guitar by Mike Crocker.

(Other band members not on that tune but all over the rest of the cd are Earl Salter, Eleanor Robinson, John Hindley, and Kathi Urbasik-Hindley.)

The cd liner notes say this about All The Day: "All The Day" was inspired by the failure of the East Coast Fishery and the subsequent human tragedy. Trying to imagine myself in the boots of the affected, I drew inspiration from my own family's love, just as similar love sustains the fisherman."

Original production credit goes to Warren and Eleanor Robinson, engineered by Travis Teed, and recorded at Caledonia Stonehill Productions (now a digital studio, but then Warren's living room). Original cover art by Linda Wiebe...I wish I could reproduce it here as it's lovely...if you've seen the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival posters over the years you've seen her work.

Factory's closing, fish stocks failing
Now the family's choosing sides
U.I. falling, welfare calling
As if the crown will provide

chorus: There's no other in my mind
Even my brother's of my kind
Still you stay, all the day

Cheques are bouncing, banks foreclosing
And the pawnshops are all smiles
Children growing, still unknowing
And it's snowing all the while

Mother nature, father time
Invite us all to the fold
Pacify us, mollify us
And we'll do as we're told

I hate the poverty, but I'll take the charity
Got no stomach for the crime
You have shown me prosperity
In a love that is mine

Words and music by Mike Crocker (Mooh).


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 08 Nov 02 - 12:53 PM

Gawd, Mike -- that's even more beautiful in print!! What a fine job of lean, telling poetry!!

Thank you!!


A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 09 Nov 02 - 10:09 AM

"Haying Song" was written by Dave Mallett, and Kendall Morse performs it on his Beginner's Luck CD. He brings a genuine feel to the song, that flooded my wee mind with images of farm life in Vermont as a boy. Dave Mallett kindly gave permission to use the song on the Mudcat Sampler CD.

THE HAYING SONG


(David Mallett)


When the raspberries burst from the woodbine
And the summer lies close to the ground,
And the porch is a fit place for young boys to sleep,
And the brook in the hollow dies down;
Then with straw hats and wagons and horses
Like young Tim and tired old Dan,
We head for the fields to the creak of the wheels
With a pitchfork that blisters your hand.

CHO: "And you have to make hay when the sun shines."
That's what all of the hill people say:
"Keep your load wide.
Keep your eyes to the sky.
And make sure it's dry when you put it away."

I remember the chaff on the back of my neck
And the cool at the edge of the trees.
You rest for a time and you talk about the weather.
You drink from the spring getting mud on your knees.
Then it's back to the wagon and back to the mound,
Six loads in, and eight more to go.
There's biscuits and beans at the late supper meal,
And there's nothing like beans when you're working, you know. (Chorus)

Now it's the season of clover and killdeer,
And it's the time when the earth does her best
It's when all men are strong,
And the work days are long,
And you know when to rise and you know when to rest.
In the cool of the evening I perch on the load,
And let the wagon wind blow through my hair,
Count off the stars and talk to the moon,
Sing to myself in the sweet summer air,
Hang on at the corners
Duck from the branches,
And sing to myself in the sweet summer air.

(Chorus twice)
Copyright Dave Mallett


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,Mary Humphreys
Date: 11 Nov 02 - 08:05 AM

Track 9 - Turtle Dove. Sung by Mary Humphreys,banjo accompaniment.
The song was , I think , originally collected by H.E.Hammond about 100 years ago. I have been singing it so long that it has become a part of me and I may well have inadvertently changed the words to sound more like my own patterns of speech. But that's the folk process, folks!
Here are the words:
TURTLE DOVE - English traditional, South of England.

O don't you see the turtle dove,
Sitting under yonder tree,
Lamenting for her own true love,
As I will mourn for thee my dear,
As I will mourn for thee.

If you must suffer grief & pain
'Tis but for a little while
For though I go away I'll return again
Though I row ten thousand mile, my dear
Though I row ten thousand mile.

Ten thousand mile is very far
For me to bide alone
With a heavy heavy sigh & a bitter bitter cry,
No-one to hear my moan my dear
No-one to hear my moan.

I may not stay your grievous moan,
Your pain I may not ease,
But I will love but you alone
'Til the streams run from the seas my dear
Til the streams run from the seas.

The tide shall cease to beat the shore,
The stars fall from the skies,
But I will love you more & more
Until the day I die, my love
Until the day I die.

Then let the seas run dry sweetheart,
The rocks melt with the sun.
Here will I stay nor ever from you part
'Til all my days are done, my dear
'Til all my days are done.

Engineered & recorded by Anahata ( treewind)at my old home in Barkisland, West Yorkshire.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 12 Nov 02 - 10:32 AM

Lyrics of "Turtledove" are clearly germane to the ancient love song "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose", which was compiled in Robert Burns' work. The same themes find themselves echoing in Appalachian songs ("Cry Willy, Poor Boy" uses the same images in the romantic avowal of undying love, for example) and a parallel construction is evident in "Ten Thousand Miles", among others.

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: michaelr
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 12:26 AM

I am happy to announce that the Violet CD has finished first in the great Info race (meaning you all have supplied me with everything I need to finalize the artwork).

Give yourselves a hand!

InOBU gets the prize for longest selection on The Whole Series, clocking in here at 7 minutes 55 seconds.

(Funny, I remember thinking as I read his lyrics "this man needs an editor") ;-) (just funnin', Mick!)

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: GUEST,derrymacash
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 09:03 AM

Mick/Amos and co.

Sorry for not checking in here sooner. To be honest I'd just about forgotten that I'd sent a recording in for this! (All those brain cells gone ...)

I'm afraid my track is the one which kicked off the Drumcree business which occupied a fair bit of mudcat airtime a wee while back. There are some (probably not that many if the truth be told) 'catters who got a kick out of that whole Drumcree hoojamaflip so perhaps now's the time to make myself publicly accountable and incur the brickbats of some and the approval of others.

Slán go fóill

Aidan Crossey


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 14 Nov 02 - 10:22 AM

Ach, bravely spoken, Derry-me-lad!! Cyberbrickbats don't hurt much, and I believe your admirers outnumber your detractors just because you are Da Mando Master. Not to mention the fluid King of Song Challenges! You'll survive just fine!!

A


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Nov 02 - 10:47 AM

Once I understood what was going on(thanks to Amos and alison for getting my straightened out) I found most of those threads to be some of the funniest we have ever had here. No brickbats here, Aidan.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Violet
From: Amos
Date: 18 Nov 02 - 04:20 PM

Refreshed for those who want to select VIOLET as their first purchase.

FLOOD DICK GREENHAUS WITH ORDERS!!

PM Dick!!! Email Dick!! Call CAMSCO!! No rest for the wicked!! DELAY NOT!!!


A


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