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Lyr Req: The Fiddle and the Drum (Joni Mitchell)

12 Jul 98 - 12:29 PM (#32350)
Subject: Lyrics Req: The Fiddle and the Drum
From: arne@newnet.com

Hi! Anyone out there have the words, author, and any history as to the writing of the song: "The Fiddle and the Drum"?

June Tabor does it on one of her albums, but I don't have that album available.

Please e-mail me at "arne@newnet.com" if you have any info. Thanks.

Cheers,

-- Arne Langsetmo


12 Jul 98 - 01:09 PM (#32354)
Subject: Lyrics Req: The Fiddle and the Drum
From: arne@newnet.com

Hi! Anyone out there have the words, author, and any history as to the writing of the song: "The Fiddle and the Drum"?

June Tabor does it on one of her albums, but I don't have that album available.

Please e-mail me at "arne@newnet.com" if you have any info. Thanks.

Cheers,

-- Arne Langsetmo


12 Jul 98 - 07:48 PM (#32381)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Req: The Fiddle and the Drum
From: Joe Offer

Gee, that's a haunting song. Here is a RealAudio clip of the song, which is on June Tabor's "Abyssinians" CD. It was written by Joni Mitchell, and it's on Joni's "Clouds" album. I'll look around and see if I can find the lyrics. Otherwise, I'll transcribe it for you later today.
-Joe Offer-


12 Jul 98 - 08:02 PM (#32390)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM (Joni Mitchell)
From: Joe Offer

THE FIDDLE AND THE DRUM
by Joni Mitchell

And so once again
My dear Johnny my dear friend
And so once again you are fightin' us all
And when I ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say I have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But I can remember
All the good things you are
And so I ask you please
Can I help you find the peace and the star
Oh, my friend
What time is this
To trade the handshake for the fist

And so once again
Oh, America my friend
And so once again
You are fighting us all
And when we ask you why
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall
Oh, my friend
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum

You say we have turned
Like the enemies you've earned
But we can remember
All the good things you are
And so we ask you please
Can we help you find the peace and the star
Oh my friend
We have all come
To fear the beating of your drum

All music published by Siquomb Publishing Corp.,
55 Liberty Street, New York, N.Y 10005 - BMI

Click here for one heckuva Joni Mitchell Web site.


15 Jul 98 - 05:06 PM (#32609)
Subject: RE: Lyrics Req: The Fiddle and the Drum
From: Arne

Thanks for the info. June Tabor also does a haunting version. I had some Joni Mitchell albums a long time ago, but I haven't unpacked my vinyl since moving. I think it's there somewhere. . .

Now if I can find one of those things they used to call "turntables". . . ;-)

Cheers,

-- Arne