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BS: Geographic Satisfaction.

Gareth 01 Sep 01 - 03:45 PM
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Gareth 01 Sep 01 - 07:16 PM
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Mary in Kentucky 01 Sep 01 - 10:28 PM
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Barry Finn 01 Sep 01 - 11:27 PM
iamjohnne 02 Sep 01 - 01:19 AM
Mark Cohen 02 Sep 01 - 01:57 AM
Susan from California 02 Sep 01 - 12:42 PM
Liz the Squeak 02 Sep 01 - 05:00 PM
Metchosin 02 Sep 01 - 05:32 PM
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Subject: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Gareth
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 03:45 PM

This stems from the Great tunes thread.

I've a home compilation tape in the car, it includes Pete Seegers rendition of the "Bells of Rhymney" recorded at Newport.(God knows where and when it was compiled, I found it in a boot sale.)

Travelling between Caerphilly and Swansea every working day. I get a tear to my eye playing that through Swansea, Neath, Rhymney, Merthyr Tudvill, and Caerphilly, with occasional diversions via Cardiff, Newport, Blaina, Rhondda and Wye ( Have I missed any ?)

Mind you, the most satisfaction I have had out of a tape in a Car was playing "Captain Sensible's" version of Betjemans Poem "Come Friendly Bombs and fall on Slough" whilst driving through Slough and Maidenhead ( also mentioned in the poem)- whilst diverted off the M4 (Major traffic crunch) after picking up Number 2 Sister from Heathrow.

Have any other Catters had a similar feeling - Playing a tape, or singing something, in a suitable location, that gave you a wicked satisfaction ?

Gareth

Glossary.

Slough - an appalling 1930's expansion of London to the West.

Maidenhead - an equally appalling 1930's middleclass comuter town - full of mock Tudor pretentions

M4 - The Motorway (freeway) between London, Bristol and South Wales.

Heathrow - The main Airport for London,just off th


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: iamjohnne
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 04:24 PM

As I have pointed out many times in the forum I love the music of Fred Neil. To be near the ocean and hear him sing about the dolphins is a sweet sweet feeling.

Johnne 'goin where the weather suits my clothes'


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Cool Beans
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 04:29 PM

I got a very big kick out of playing jim & Jesse's instrumental "Border Ride" while crossing the bridge between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario. Wrong border, but what they hey?


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: 8_Pints
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 04:43 PM

If you mean evocative music of a place that has echoes of its history then I would think Dave Burland's rendition of "The Dalesman's Litany" must provide a striking vision of what life could be like for our forebears.

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Gareth
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 07:16 PM

I'am also looking for, say, Anti - History evocations.

I can recall one Sailing club "Batchelors weekend" when we were anchored up in Stangate Creek (off the Medway), Botany Bay was sung - where the hulk used to be moored.

I found it eiry, and had a disturbed night.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 07:25 PM

Not folk music (or maybe it is - we should discuss that...), but I hear Simon and Garfunkle's "59th Street Bridge" everytime I cross it. "La da da da da da da feelin' groovy".


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: AliUK
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 08:07 PM

singing McColl's I'm a rambler as whilst standing at the top of Blencathra in the Lake District.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 10:28 PM

I usually go through Muhlenburg County every couple of months, and have for over 30 years. I ALWAYS sing...

Daddy, won't ya take me back to Muhlenburg County
Along the Green River where Paradise lay
Sorry my son, but yer too late in askin'
Mr. Peabody's coal train dun hauled it awaaaaaaaay!


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 10:35 PM

Traveling this same route we would also go past Zion, Kentucky. I would really embarrass the kids by singing "We're Marching to Zion."


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 10:37 PM

Then there was "Alabamy Bound" when we lived in Alabama.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Barry Finn
Date: 01 Sep 01 - 11:27 PM

When the weather finally was fit for rowing, I'd haul out the pram (little flat bowed dingy) & row out passed a point in the river (Bass River, Cape Cod) where the creek joined the river just before it met Nantucket Sound & every year the first time I'd pass that point I'd sing at the top of my lungs (I couldn't be heard) Sam Cook's "Cupid Draw Back Your Bow" (maybe it was just Cupid?), I know not folk but it was a huge hit for me in those days (late 50's).

Barry


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: iamjohnne
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 01:19 AM

My kids hate it when traveling through Fl and we cross the Suwanny River and I start to sing "way down upon the Suwannhe River far far from home" But they hate it when I start to sing anything.

Johnne 'goin where the weather suits my clothes'


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 01:57 AM

I was so excited when I moved to Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and stood by Hilo bay imagining all those sailors singing "John's Gone to Hilo" as they came into port. Then I discovered that the "Hilo" in those shanties was actually "Ilo", on the north coast of Peru. Oh, well...

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Susan from California
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 12:42 PM

We live in Southern California, and when we went to visit Grandma in Flagstaff, Arizona last Thanksgiving my then 12 year old daughter started singing "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go..." as we crossed the Colorado River (the border between CA & AZ). SHe got a kick out of the fact that we actually had to cross a river and go through woods. But she was glad we didn't have to use a horse and a sleigh!


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 05:00 PM

My honeymoon in Ireland was taken with two other people and my husband. One of the other people decided it would be fun to sing the relevant song about any part of Ireland we went through (they were a predominently Irish music band, despite none of them actually being Irish). It was OK going through Dublin, The Bridge at Athlone was a bit wearing, Athenry was positively horrid. Crossing the Shannon I had my nose in a book and ignored the world in general. Lisdoonvarna (yes, we went to a marriage market town for our honeymoon....) got tedious, Galway repetative, but going through Limerick - well, lots of you have seen some of my repertoire of limericks.... God was smiling upon me that day, they just would not stop... rhyme after rhyme, some clean, some not so clean, one or two positively filthy, they just kept pouring out.. So much so that the person whose idea the game was couldn't get to remember the words of 'Limerick, you're a lady'. Strangely enough, we never played the game after that day......

Have managed to coincide several hymn tunes with the villages they were named for, but that was me singing them myself. Does that count??

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Metchosin
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 05:32 PM

The spiritual Deep River as I cross the bridge over the Jordan River on Vancouver Island on the way home from the west side of the island. Usually I'm crossing over "from the campground".

Are You From Bevan? and BLack Leg Miner when travelling up Island in the old coal mining areas. And Stan Roger's Northwest Passage when I get past Hope, even though I'm heading in the wrong direction. Getting beyond Hope is a geographical term (or psychological depending on whether your travelling east or west in B.C.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Gareth
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 06:08 PM

Liz T S - Yes singing counts , I found myself humming Alex Glascow's "Close the Coal House Door" on the road between Merthyr and Pontypridd last week, as I passed by Aberfan. There was a school there once.

Metchosin - "Are you from Bevan" - I don't know that one but I suspect I should, any links please ??

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Podger
Date: 02 Sep 01 - 06:14 PM

Just a suggestion of a song name on a road sign gets me going. Linfield, near here, always has me singing "Carry me Ackee over Linstead Market"


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Bagpuss
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 07:02 AM

Playing the song Olympian (by GENE) whilst walking on Mt Olympus.

Bagpuss


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 10:33 AM

The Lyke Wake Dirge while crossing The North York Moors on several occasions

As a present inhabitant of Maidenhead can I just say there is nothing at all mock-Tudor about my pretensions thank you very much :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: CET
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 11:46 AM

From Charmion:

We live in Ottawa (originally Bytown), long an essential stop on the shanty-men's downriver route from the forests to Montreal and the timber markets. Whenever I walk on the Ottawa River bank, where the log drive finally ended in 1983 and there's not a stick of wood to be seen nowadays, my imagination always supplies a fiddle band playing this raucous old tune, and a singer bellowing at the top of his lungs:

La ou es-ce qu'ils sont, ils, les raftsmen? / ... Et par Bytown ils ont passés / Pour leurs estomacs restaurés! / Bing sur la ring, bang sur la ring / Laissez-passer les raftsmen / Bing sur la ring, bing bang!


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Metchosin
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 12:14 PM

Gareth it might be in the DT, I haven't looked, but in case it isn't, here it is and very appropriate for Labour Day. If you are interested I have the sheet music which I can scan and send.

The song is special to me because my great-grand Uncle was killed, at age 19 and my great grandfather injured in a deep mine explosion at Wellington No. 5 Pit in the area, which had subsequent profound reprecussions for our family:

Are You From Bevan?

Location: Vancouver Island
Date: 1912 to 1915 (see notes)
Informant: Words and Music by Phil Thomas
Source: Thomas, Philip J. Songs of the Pacific Northwest.
Saanichton, B.C.: Hancock House Publishers Ltd., 1979. 131.
Used with permission from the author.

Well, hello, stranger, how do you do?
There's something I'd like to say to you.
You seem surprised I recognize;
I'm no company stool but I just surmise
You're from the place I'm longing to be.
Your smiling face seems to say to me
You're from the island, your land and my land,
So tell me can it be-

Chorus
Are you from Bevan? I said from Bevan
Where those fields of stumps they beckon to me.
I'm glad to see you!
Tell me how be you,
And those friends I'm longing to see?
If you're from Union Bay or Courtenay or Cumberland
Any place below that Bevan second dam-
Are you from Bevan? I said from Bevan,
'Cause I'm from Bevan too!

Now it was way back in 19 and 12
Our gas committee was put on the shelf.
First we walked out, then we were locked out-
Then by a foul we were all but knocked out.
Our union miners faced guns and jail,
Hundreds of us were held without bail, But by August 1914 our labor they were courting,
But they blacklisted me-

Here is the link and histroical notes as well, but for some reason the page takes foever to load.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Amos
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 12:22 PM

Well, it's confession time. A number of years back my BBW and I were crossing the country in a van, meandering at will, and she had got it into her head from listening to Paul Simon's cut called "Graceland" that she really, really wanted to go to Graceland. She kept singing that refrain over and over in the song. So we re-plotted our course and cut a three-hundred mile detour to head on up to Nashville, because, in a fit of memory-failure she had altered the words to "Graceland, Graceland, Nashville, Tennessee....". Well we got to Nashville and had a fine old time but were slightly red-faced when we asked about Graceland, which is on the outskirts of Memphis. Nothing fazed, we drove across the whole state the next day and BBW got to "do" Graceland. I declined the opportunity, myself.

So I got even by singing "Let's go tuh Luckenback, Texas, Willie and Whalon and the boys..." over and over until we had crossed the wide open spaces and actually did arrive in said town, which has little more than a feed store and a John Deere franchise to recommend it.

Regards,

A.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Sep 01 - 05:47 PM

Go through the Adge Cutler back catalogues and see if you can even find Nebnett Thrubwell on the map!! I have, and been through it too!! The Chew Magna Cha cha cha is as enticing as the village, and as for Stanton Drew, well, it has more than one song named after it.... and it well deserves it!

LTS

Give you a clue - it's in Somerset...


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Jane2001
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 03:48 PM

I can't remember his name, but an Aussie sang a song in our folk club about the Pont Cysylte (if I've spelt it right)aqueduct near LLangollan. He was terrified of heights and the song really brought this out. I had been trying to decide where to spend a few days and that decided me. It was an amazing experience, travelling in a narrow boat high above the valley, feeling as if you could go over the side at any moment. I can highly recommend the experience, and would also love to get hold of the song if anyone can help.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: ard mhacha
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:04 PM

Gareth, I worked on the Slough-Maidenhead bye-pass way back in 1960 and I remember beautiful Berkshire, there is a song there somewhere, I bet you weren`t singing when you negotiated that spaghetti junction roundabout. Slan Ard Macha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:16 PM

Obviously a case for MacAlpines Fusiliers - or a varient on Navigators. Actually was'nt that bypass the start of the M4 then ?

Never mind you built well, butty.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:17 PM

Obviously a case for MacAlpines Fusiliers - or a varient on Navigators. Actually was'nt that bypass the start of the M4 then ?

Never mind you built well, butty.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:19 PM

Two of my favourite, little known songs are Jim Croce's "Walking Back to Georgia" and his "Alabama Rain". One my favorite lines "Gonna take a Southbound. All the way to Georgia" from Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't you see"

Being in Newfoundland at the time, I thought these were quite exotic. Having lived in Georgia for almost 3 years, about half a mile from "That Hot Dusty Macon Road" These songs have gone through my mind many times. I performed "Walkin Back to Georgia" a couple of times at open mike and some of the locals (who weren't paying attention when I gave credit) thought that I had written it. They like the song here by the way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: ard mhacha
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:59 PM

Gareth, I know it was one hell of a big hole and sad to say I never passed that way again, I amm not sure if it was the start of the M4 and I had the honour of working alongside two of natures gentlemen from the Rhonnda and we sang when we had the breath, hard work but I was a good skiver. Slan Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Deda
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:06 PM

When my late aunt was a widow, losing her eyesight, I used to spend my vacations acting as her chauffeur. When we'd drive through Amherst MA, we'd sing "Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a soldier of the crown..." She knew all the words, because her father and his brothers had all gone to Amherst college, and the school song was a staple at her childhood family gatherings.

My own mother's house was also "over the river and through the woods," which I always sang to my kids whenever we'd be getting close. I used to sing to my kids a great deal, and they were constantly embarrassed thereby. I assured them that embarrassing them was an essential part of my job description. Now my younger one is 22 and he knows hundreds of songs, and plays guitar(s), mandolin, and pennywhistle.


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Subject: RE: BS: Geographic Satisfaction.
From: Ell
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 06:47 PM

Not folk - but I was pretty thrilled when I saw why "the Mississippi Delta (was) shining like a national guitar," also from Paul Simon's Graceland (which had been the favorite in the car's tape deck for the past thousand miles or so). My trio also sang "Are You From Bevan" loudly in the car when we visited Courtenay and Comox. And my singing partner was more than thrilled when we visited the grave of Ginger Coffey, also on Vancouver Island, and sang the song that told the story of his murder over union activities. I'm ashamed to say that I don't remember that song now - I'll have to look for it. And I always sing "The Kettle valley Line", whenever I drive up into the interior of B.C. and see the sign for Kettle Valley.


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