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One Clear Voice Singing/Early Fields-Jean Ritchie

29 Jul 02 - 12:07 PM (#756424)
Subject: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,greenbeer

My friend AnnaLee Scully sings a song by Jean Ritchie which she cannot remember all the lyrics for. She remembers the title as One Clear Voice Singing. Can anyone help us out with either the lyrics or the official title of the song?

TIA

greenbeer


29 Jul 02 - 12:16 PM (#756430)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: MMario

*grin* I suspect there is at least one member of Mudcat that could help you with that.


29 Jul 02 - 12:20 PM (#756434)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,greenbeer

...keeping my fingers crossed! :)


29 Jul 02 - 12:25 PM (#756437)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: CapriUni

Okay, any bets on how soon that one member will be find this thread? [big grin]


29 Jul 02 - 12:35 PM (#756449)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: IanC

I don't bet ... I PM ... Fee fi fo fum... ;-)


29 Jul 02 - 05:48 PM (#756595)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,greenbeer

i think i catch your drift! !! slowhead here


29 Jul 02 - 05:52 PM (#756597)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Greenbeer

updated my profile so i now do not show up as Guest....


29 Jul 02 - 06:24 PM (#756607)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Joe Offer

Greenbeer, just in case Jean isn't watching, could you give us what you recall of the lyrics? It may help us find the song.
-Joe Offer-


29 Jul 02 - 11:00 PM (#756722)
Subject: ADD: One Clear Voice Singing - Jean Ritchie
From: Greenbeer

.... well it turns out AnnaLee has remembered them...! lol
but she could use some confirmation if any one can supply it!
thanks to all,
greenbeer.

Here they are:

as i walked over the early fields
i heard a song a bornin'
it fell around me like the rain
that washes off the morning

oh i love the pipe and i love the drum
i love the wild harp ringing
but there's none on earth can e'er match the sound
of one clear voice
singing

it filled the wood it filled the sky
it filled the fields around me
so far away no one er could i see
and yet the song it found me

so far away the words were dim
but e'er i knew their gladness
i knew their peace i knew their pain
i knew their joy and sadness

oh i love the pipe and i love the drum
i love the wild harp ringing
but there's none on earth can e'er match the sound
of one clear voice
singing

and so i walk the fields alone
while evening shadows linger
but a better journey have i had
in searching for the singer

oh i love the pipe and i love the drum
i love the wild harp ringing
but there's none on earth can e'er match the sound
of one clear voice
singing


30 Jul 02 - 11:05 AM (#756934)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: CapriUni

Lovely song!

Jean, if you're out there, I notice this discussion hasn't spawned links to versions of this in the Mudcat Shop...

Where may we find it?


30 Jul 02 - 04:11 PM (#757109)
Subject: ADD: Early Fields (Jean Ritchie)
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)

Well I never...Ian alerted me on my personal page, otherwise I might not have noticed that someone was requesting one of MY songs!

The lyrics given are very near to being right. The song is entitled, Early Fields, and may be found in my book, CELEBRATION OF LIFE (now under revision, but we have a few of the originals left). I'll just write it out here, though, for those that might want it:
^^

EARLY FIELDS
(Jean Ritchie)

As I walked over the early fields
I heard a song a-bornin;
It fell around me like the rain
That washes off the mornin.

O I love the pipes, and I love the drum,
I love the wild harp ringin,
But there's naught on earth can e'er match the sound
Of one clear voice, singin!

It filled the wood, it filled the sky,
It filled the fields around me.
So far away, no-one could I see-
And yet the song, it found me...

So far away, the words were dim,
And still I knew their sadness,
I knew their peace; I knew their pain,
I knew their joy and gladness.

O I love the pipes and I love the drum,
I love the wild harp ringin;
But there's naught on earth can e'er match the sound
Of one clear voice, singin!

And still I walk my fields in vain
As evening shadows linger,
But a better journey have I had
In searching for the singer...

O I love the pipes, and I love the drum,
I love the wild harp ringin;
But there's naught on earth can e'er match the sound
Of one clear voice, singin!

(Jean Ritchie Geordie Music Pub. Co.)

Greenbeer, please give my love to AnnaLee- now THERE'S a voice! It has been many years since we met at a festival at the top O' the country somewhere! Just ought to explain that somehow it didn't seem right to sing the words, "ringing" and "singing," so I took the "g's" off as we usually do in Kentucky."


30 Jul 02 - 04:35 PM (#757128)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Art Thieme

And best regards to Annalee fro me too.

Art Thieme


30 Jul 02 - 04:48 PM (#757131)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Alice

Jean, thanks for posting the song here. Beautiful.
Alice


30 Jul 02 - 05:16 PM (#757144)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Joe Offer

Jean, is a recording of the song available on a CD? I checked your website, but didn't find it listed.
-Joe Offer-


30 Jul 02 - 06:34 PM (#757176)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: harpgirl

would it be sung...one clear voice "a" singing????? like lover is "lovyer"?


30 Jul 02 - 06:46 PM (#757181)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Big Mick

We are blessed in these parts, are we not, folks?

Mick


30 Jul 02 - 07:48 PM (#757222)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Greenbeer

Thank you so much Jean! Annalee will be thrilled that you responded here! I will certainly pass on your love to her. You too Art!

greenbeer


30 Jul 02 - 08:24 PM (#757246)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)

No, Harpgirl- I don't think 'a-singin' would be right here; it doesn't seem to me to go with the rest of the poem somehow. There's more power and meaning in the line as it is:...one clear voice- SINGIN! Makes the music the important thing that 'the voice' is doing...? I put a tiny bit of hesitation before that last word, 'singin.' Well, I don't claim to be a poet and I don't write nor read music- it's all feelings with me. If you want to say 'a-singing,' I guess that's up to YOU! I won't object- not so you can hear it, anyway. Jean

P.S. Joe, the only recording I have made of this one is on an audiocassette we put together ourselves of songs taken from live performances around the country, called, "Jean Ritchie Concert." This was for folks who did not want a produced record but wanted something that sounded like what I actually do in concert (no band, etc.). We do not offer this on the website, and it is strictly just a tape- not a CD. We haven't had any made up in a long time- have a few around.


30 Jul 02 - 10:55 PM (#757273)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Sorcha

wow. from the Horses' Mouth, as it were. I am so impressed........thank you Jean.


30 Jul 02 - 11:18 PM (#757281)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Big Mick

I repeat, ................ we are blessed. Could I please get an Amen?

Mick


30 Jul 02 - 11:37 PM (#757292)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: CapriUni

Amen and hallelujah!!

To live in such a world is joy!


31 Jul 02 - 01:53 PM (#757617)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: IvanB

Guess I've got to get a new copy of Celebration of Life. I checked my copy (1971) when this thread started and the song wasn't in it. This has been one of our family's favorite and most used songbooks. It's in tatters with most of the pages loose, but I'm pretty sure it's still all there. Thanks for the words, Jean, and, Mick, amen!


31 Jul 02 - 08:27 PM (#757809)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Banjer

AMEN, Blessed indeed. Not many places can one go and be in direct touch with a such a wonderful person as Jean. Her sharing of her works and the encouragement she gives to beginners is outstanding!!! God Bless you, Jean!! Ray


01 Aug 02 - 03:02 PM (#758282)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)

IvanB- You have a first edition- Celebration of Life was first published by Big3, and it was such a work of art- great blacked-out spaces throughout- and heavy paper which immediately separated at the seams and each of those first books just fell apart...pretty, tho! As I recall it won a prize for design that year.

The second edition was done through Oak Publications and holds up very well...we took out some of the big black spaces and took out one or two songs, added a few others- that's when, "Early Fields" got in. We're now working on a revision ourselves (Geordie Music Publishing Co.) making it yet a bit more tailored. We thought we were down to 15 copies, but just found a box of 50; I guess they'll last until the new edition comes out, so we've left it on the website. Best to all, Jean


01 Aug 02 - 03:05 PM (#758285)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)

P.S. Thanks to all for your good words and Amens- but enough already! Jean


02 Aug 02 - 12:26 AM (#758520)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: open mike

how wondergful to know what good company we are in here- http://www.jeanritchie.com/ and congrats, jean for nat'l endowment heritage fellowship! will you come out to calif for the strawberry music fest? twice a year--each memorial and labor day weekends...we'd love to have ya!! www.strawberrymusic.com-


02 Aug 02 - 12:51 AM (#758530)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: DonMeixner

I've heard a bunch of Jean Ritchie songs over the years and they are pretty OK. She writes good but she don't hold a candle to that 'Than Hall.

Don


02 Aug 02 - 11:02 AM (#758744)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Alice

Click here for the songbooks, including Celebration of Life. http://folklife.net/books.htm


06 Oct 03 - 06:08 PM (#1030838)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST


01 Feb 12 - 05:03 PM (#3300506)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,kkmpetersburg

DEAR PEOPLE, I LOVE EARLY FIELDS. i want to sing it so bad. but.... i need the sheet music. i am looking for the edition of celebration of life that has this song in it. i ordered an edition from my library in order to find the right edition and that one did not have the song in it. where can i get a copy that has the song i love in it. i also want to let jean ritchie know how much of a fan i am of hers. what an inspiration you are to all of us who took our dulcimers out of the closet, off the wall, and out from under the bed to begin again playing in our later years. i am loving it. so glad you are still here with us. you are amazing. and now that i have read your celeberation of life i see you are even more than i thought; a poet, justice activist, songwriter, besides, an amazing dulcimer player. thanks for being, there and for being such an inspiration to me. blessings, kate


01 Feb 12 - 05:29 PM (#3300515)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,Heather

I have the score Jean sent it to me a few years ago. How can I get it to you? Heather


14 Apr 12 - 10:59 PM (#3338481)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,GUEST,kkmpetersburg

DEAR HEATHER, i am so sorry i haven't looked this thread up for so long. little did i know someone would answer me, and so quickly. i hope you will check again. what would be the best way to get the music to me. i am so excited that you have a copy. would email work for you. how about calling me and then we can work out the details. i'm a little worried to put my email out on the internet. i have been in the hospital and also a daughter of mine has had some health problems. i believe that is why i have been distracted from my music. i hope to hear from you soon. kate at 217 622 7781 blessings, kate


31 May 12 - 11:36 PM (#3357885)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST

DEAR HEATHER, how can we get back in touch. i would love to have the music to 'one clear voice singing'. blessings, kate i posted my phone number way back when on the mudcat blog. hope to hear from you again. thanks


01 Jun 12 - 09:02 AM (#3358000)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,Heather

Hi Kate I have only just seen your reply I will be in touch soon Best wishes Heather


01 Jun 12 - 10:02 AM (#3358024)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: Dan Schatz

The music to this is in Jean's songbook, but I'd love to hear any recording folks have of it actually being sung. Do you sing it, Heather?

Dan


06 Jun 12 - 04:11 PM (#3360140)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST

Hello Yes Dan, I sing it - I love it. What a fabulous song. Don't know whether I do it justice but I give it some welly.
Heather


06 Jun 12 - 04:34 PM (#3360154)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Dan, I bought Jean's songbook "Celebration of Life" in a Mudcat auction as a replacement for one that burned. Early Fields is not in this edition (1971). What edition do I need to look for, do you know?

Maeve


06 Jun 12 - 08:51 PM (#3360276)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: IvanB

maeve, I just checked my copies of Celebration. As I said earlier in this thread I have the original which is completely fallen apart, but still there. I picked up a newer copy from Abebooks last year and it has "Early Fields" on page 45. It still has only the 1971 copyright reference, but it was distributed by Music Sales Corporation and the copyright at the bottom of page 45 says 1980, so this edition must have been sometime about then or thereafter.

The ISBN is 0-8256-9676-3.

Hope this helps.


06 Jun 12 - 09:29 PM (#3360299)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Thank you, IvanB. I'll watch for a copy of the 1980 edition.


06 Jun 12 - 10:00 PM (#3360310)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: IvanB

I probably didn't express myself well, maeve. The copyright date of 1980 given at the bottom of page 45 is for the song "Early Fields" only. The book itself has no indication of its printing date, just the 1971 copyright date on the title page. I'll see if I can find the ISBN on my original copy to compare against the one I gave above.

Just one Abebooks seller has a copy in stock right now and the listing really doesn't provide enough info to know if it's the original or a newer edition. I've messaged the seller to ask for the ISBN and distributor's name and I'll let you know what I hear back.


07 Jun 12 - 03:28 AM (#3360374)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Very kind of you, IvanB. Thank you.


07 Jun 12 - 07:21 AM (#3360410)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Having reread the thread while awake I see that Jean already given us some information:
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"Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: kytrad - PM
Date: 01 Aug 02 - 03:02 PM

IvanB- You have a first edition- Celebration of Life was first published by Big3...

The second edition was done through Oak Publications and holds up very well...we took out some of the big black spaces and took out one or two songs, added a few others- that's when, "Early Fields" got in. We're now working on a revision ourselves (Geordie Music Publishing Co.) making it yet a bit more tailored... Best to all, Jean "
****************
My copy is published by Geordie Music Publishing. I need to look for one published by Oak Publications.


07 Jun 12 - 05:40 PM (#3360647)
Subject: RE: Help: 'One Clear Voice Singing' - Jean Ritchie
From: IvanB

I heard back from the bookseller and he said the book had been sold some time ago and he didn't know why it was still listed on Abebooks, so no help there.

My second copy, which has the song, has no mention of Oak Publications, just the distributed by Music Sales Corporation I mentioned above.

My original copy has no ISBN at all, which is fairly logical since ISBN's were by no means universally used in 1971.


07 Aug 14 - 07:01 PM (#3649218)
Subject: RE: One Clear Voice Singing/Early Fields-Jean Ritchie
From: GUEST,Ian

I know this is an old,old thread, but does anyone know how this song goes?


07 Aug 14 - 08:01 PM (#3649226)
Subject: RE: One Clear Voice Singing/Early Fields-Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Ian, it's a lovely song, especially when sung by Jean herself. I'd suggest you get hold of this album
http://folktrax-archive.org/menus/cassprogs/920.htm


Best wishes,

Maeve


07 Aug 14 - 08:03 PM (#3649227)
Subject: RE: One Clear Voice Singing/Early Fields-Jean Ritchie
From: maeve

Sorry- I'm tired.

Ian, try contacting Dick at Camso Music. He may have a copy available.
http://www.camscomusic.com/