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Songs about farm folk

GUEST,Frank of Toledo 16 Feb 00 - 12:45 AM
Sandy Paton 16 Feb 00 - 02:21 AM
alison 16 Feb 00 - 03:17 AM
folk1234 16 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM
Wolfgang 17 Feb 00 - 04:41 AM
GUEST,margaret 18 Feb 00 - 12:27 AM
Sandy Paton 18 Feb 00 - 02:10 AM
pastorpest 18 Feb 00 - 01:16 PM
GUEST,wotcha 18 Feb 00 - 03:51 PM
GUEST,Arkie 18 Feb 00 - 06:50 PM
Mary G 19 Feb 00 - 11:44 AM
flattop 14 Oct 00 - 10:10 PM
flattop 14 Oct 00 - 11:37 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: TWO FOR A DOLLAR^^
From: GUEST,Frank of Toledo
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 12:45 AM

This is taken from a Bobby Bare RCA Victor LP called Hard Time Hungries

Last morning I shut off the alarm -
Drove out in the valley to old Dan Cook's farm.
Sign on the fence post put up with one nail
Said ten a.m. sharp there's a big public sale.
At least 40 people were out in the yard.
They were lookin' for bargains, lookin' real hard.
To buy up the pieces and find out the worth
Of 60 years livin' so close to the earth.

(Chorus:)
Who'll give me 5? I got five. Who'll give me 10?
I'll call out the numbers and you just say when.
For a lifetime of memories, some happy, some sad.
Two for a dollar, the price sure ain't bad.

How much for the carriage rotting out in the shed?
The one they drove on the night they were wed.
Five bucks for the brass bed, just a little bit worn.
Not much for the place where the five kids were born.
That old parlor piano still sounded all right.
Just as good as it did, every Saturday night.
And that old round oak table where dinner was made
Brought almost as much as the Tiffany shade.

Repeat the chorus. Around 1972, written by Bobby Gosh.

HTML line breaks added & changed from all upper case. -JoeClone 13-Mar-01.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 02:21 AM

Gordon Bok sings "Return to the Land" on the CD of the same title (CD-118).

Harry Tuft sings Dick Weissman's "Harvest Song" on his Folk-Legacy CD titled Across the Blue Mountains (CD-63).

Bill Staines' song "Ol' Jack" on Whistle of the Jay (CD-70) describes a man's affectionate appreciation of a faithful mule.

Check out "Aroostook" on Larry Kaplan's Worth All the Telling (CD-122).

All of these can be found on the Folk-Legacy web site: CLICK HERE.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: alison
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 03:17 AM

Kilkelly (its in the database)... letters from the father left at home on the farm ....

"your brothers have all gone to find work in England
the house is so empty and sad
the crop of potatoes is sorely affected
a third to a half of them bad"

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: folk1234
Date: 16 Feb 00 - 05:18 PM

Here is an excerpt from a presentation at a recent rural technology conference I attended. It refers to Oklahoma, but it is equally descriptive for much of rural America.

"The Oklahoma farmer finds life a little confusing. He gets up at the alarm of a Connecticut clock, buttons his Chicago suspenders to his Taiwan overalls, washes his face with Cincinnati soap in a Pennsylvania pan, sits down to a Grand Rapids table to eat Battle Creek cereal, Chicago meat and Tennessee flour cooked with Kansas lard on a St. Louis stove. Then he puts a New York bridle on a Missouri mule, fed with Iowa corn and plows a farm covered with an Ohio mortgage with a Moline plow. At the end of the day he says a prayer written in Jerusalem, crawls under a blanket made in Indonesia, only to be kept awake by an Oklahoma dog - the only home product on his land. But things may be getting better now ......"


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: Wolfgang
Date: 17 Feb 00 - 04:41 AM

Horses and Plough

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: GUEST,margaret
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 12:27 AM

Sort of moody and only indirectly about farming but nevertheless of interest is James McMurtry's "Angeline." More about a guy who ends up farming even though he's not really suited to it, just drifted into it. Think it's on "Too Long in the Wasteland."


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 02:10 AM

Eric Bogle's "Now I'm Easy" can break your heart. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned; it's about a farmer.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: pastorpest
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 01:16 PM

Sandy Paton, I want to thank you for your help with this thread! I had thought of putting Bogle's "Now I'm Easy" in my initial examples and was surprised it did not come up before this. "Leaving the Land" is another great Bogle song that fits. You created a direct link to Folk-Legacy which is good. For myself, Folk-Legacy is and was already a bookmarked site. And I have spent my money there and no doubt will again! Without the kind of work you do we folk musicians would have hungry souls. As a member of the Windsor Folk executive you are probably also interested in knowing that Rick Fielding is booked for a concert on Saturday, May 6, and a guitar workshop the following day (www.cs.uwindsor.ca/users/c/cibor/winfolk.htm) Sorry I am only semi-literate in computerese. Anyone who can do the blue clicky thing, please go ahead.


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: GUEST,wotcha
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 03:51 PM

For the joys of farming, see an earlier thread on "What is a Grange Song?" and the delights of the song "Let Union Be in All Our Hearts ..."

On the theme of "Hal an Tow" check out anything about Cornwall posted by BAZ.

Cheers, Brian


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 18 Feb 00 - 06:50 PM

For another list of songs about farming try this site. It lists songs, artists, title of recording and label. Even lists 80 Acres by a fellow named Art Thieme. http://www.topsoil.net/farmsongs.htm


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: Mary G
Date: 19 Feb 00 - 11:44 AM

there is a great song that was a poem someone found and I think I heard Jill King put the tune to it but I am not sure of that....I will just put the fragments here...

the tune is great....I have woods I have bowers I have fields I have flowers...

in planting and sowing, in reaping and mowing all nature affords me with plenty....

and the sun is my only alarmer...so good people now here is god speed the plow long life and success to the farmer...

mg


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Subject: ADD: FARMER NEEDS THE RAIN ^^
From: flattop
Date: 14 Oct 00 - 10:10 PM

I was wondering if pastor John had a subtext to his message on the Song for the Mira thread so I looked through his messages to see what he's been writing and found this thread. One of my favourite farming song is Roy Forbes' the Farmer Need the Rain.

Farmer Needs The Rain
Ooh the farmer needs the rain
And the farmer needs the heat
Needs it in the proper order
To grow a field of wheat
But when the wind keeps a blowin'
Blowin' everything away
You can bet your boots the farmer's gonna pay

Ah, the government is helpful
They tell you what to plant
You take it into town
They turn around and say, "No thanks."
And then the cops pull you over
Right in front of the bank
Just wanna see if you've got
Purple gas in your tank

Well it's another dry sundown
Navy blue and red
Linda's out sellin' Tupperware
and the kids are tucked in bed
Ah the radio is cracklin'
And the tractor's in the shed
and I'm thinkin' 'bout some things my father said

He said the farmer needs the rain
And the farmer needs the heat
Needs it in the proper order
To grow a field of wheat
But when the wind keeps a blowin'
Blowin' everything away
You can bet your boots the farmer's gonna pay

And then the credit man comes to see you
At the break of day
He might have to take the truck
Cos you can't pay right away

And you look towards the sky
All your praying in vain
We got a lotta bills to pay
When do we get a break
The farmer needs, the farmer needs the rain

ROY FORBES (SOCAN)
http://www.festival.bc.ca/royf/almost.html#Farmer^^


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Subject: RE: Help: Songs about farm folk
From: flattop
Date: 14 Oct 00 - 11:37 PM

A couple of mudWriter have mentioned Fred Eaglesmith. I see that you have Fred coming to Windsor on November 3rd, Pastorpest. I bought an early CD that he did with the Flying Squirrels because I liked the song, Sweaburg General Store. It's about the Sweaburg General Store closing, the role the store played in the past, and the loss to the country community. "Better fill 'er up on your way home, it's a sign of the times, I suppose. Up and down the concessions everybody knows, the Sweaburg General Store is closed."

On the same CD, Eaglesmith has a song Thirty Years of Farming with the line, "Oh, my daddy stopped talkin' the day the farm was auctioned, there was nothin' left to say."


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