STILL AN ODE TO JOY
March 9 Second Saturday artist Steve Fisher
has graciously given us permission to publish this lovely
and wistful song from his new 2-CD release, Growin’ Roses. Old-time
Kerrverts will remember him winning New Folk in 1990, and
his presence around the late-night campfires (and he’s
there still). You
can hear this song on Steve’s new CD, or at the link below.
he carried the idea for this song and his memories of Mr.
Zeidman around for many years before he finally wrote it. The newspaper
article that you can find here: open_the_article
tells the story
better than I could. He
uses a very original chord progression in the song, but just
about all the chords are quite accessible. For the A9 chord in line
2, just fret the third and fourth strings both at the second
fret, and that will work fine in this song. This song is on
Pierce’s new CD, Father’s Son,
just released in January of this year, or you can listen to
it by using the link below to view Pierce and David Webb
performance of the song. To
play along with the recording, capo at the first fret and
refer to the lyrics and chord sheet linked below.
Mr. Zeidman [video] Mr. Zeidman [lyrics & chords]
TO MAKE THE WOUNDED WHOLE
no balm in Gilead? Is
there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my
fine old African-American spiritual uses these words from
Jeremiah 8:22 to also allude to faith in the healing and
redemptive power of Jesus.
You can hear a lovely rendition of the song on the
Audio Archive at the link below. I have transcribed
it in the same key as the recording.
Balm in Gilead [audio] Balm in Gilead [lyrics & chords]
THERE IS NO JUDGE MORE FAIR THAN TIMEBenny Hughes tells the story that the first time Jack Hardy played at Tom Yeager’s Songbird Sanctuary, I called him up and said, “Benny, you’ve got to go hear this guy – he’s the real deal.” Jack Hardy was indeed the real deal, and when we lost Jack in 2011, we lost not only a brilliant songwriter, but a major exponent of the folk music movement. This is one of Jack’s many “Celtic” tunes, and a personal favorite. You can hear this tune and play along with it at the link below.
AND I HEARD THE ANSWER
song became well known around Houston when Bill graciously
allowed Across The Water to perform and record it. Bill and Kate are
returning to Second Saturday October 13, and Hobos
will no doubt be requested, and much of the audience will
sing along. Here
are the chords and lyrics in case you want to practice up
for Second Saturday. You
can hear Bill and Kate perform this song at the link below.
have transcribed the song in G. If you want to
play along on the video, capo at the first fret.
Hobos in the Roundhouse [video] Hobos in the Roundhouse [lyrics and chords]
LOCK MY HEART IN
A BOX OF GOLDEN
THE BIG FOOL SAID TO PUSH ON
I heard this song before I knew it was by Pete Seeger, It could be taken as “political.” Or not. I took it as a pretty cool piece of music, and a good cautionary tale, and still do. You can hear Pete perform this song at the link below.
WRAP ME UP IN ME OILSKINS AND JUMPER
WE TOOK CARE OF THE BOYS
The Folk Alliance International invited Joe Crookston, our February 10 Second Saturday artist (see Page 1) to be the Artist in Residence at the 2016
Conference in Kansas City MO. Joe collaborated with the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, digging into their archives of letters,
photographs, field recordings and objects from WWI. After reading hundreds of letters, Joe chose to tell the story of Florence Hemphill, a woman.
A nurse of Scottish ancestry from Wilson County Kansas. A worker less honored in the history books. Florence was a courageous medical presence
in France during some of the most intense fighting. This song is on Joe’s newest CD, Joe Crookston 2017, or you can hear it at the link below.
THE LONELIEST BOY IN THE TOWN
HE’LL GO NO MORE A-ROVIN’
NOTHING MATTERS WHEN YOU’RE FREE
NEITHER WIND NOR RAIN CARE FOR BRAVERY
TEN GUNINEAS IN GOLD I WILL SLIP IN YOUR FIST
We could consider this a 19th century anti-war song. It was first collected around 1840 in Limerick by Patrick Weston Joyce. Many traditional songs tell of aggressive recruitment tactics and paying the king’s gold or getting young men drunk to get them to enlist. I haven’t previously seen one where the would-be “recruits” take matters into their own hands quite as forcefully as Arthur McBride and his cousin. You can hear a charming rendition of this song by an unidentified group at the link below.
I BELIEVE IN LIGHTNING BUGS
Our March Second Saturday artist Danny
Schmidt graciously gave us permission to reprint this
anthem-like song. His
Carrie Elkin did a wonderful job singing lead on it at our
March 11 concert. Danny
and Carrie were both veteran road warriors and
singer-songwriters when they became a couple a few years ago. You can hear their
arrangement on their 2104 duo CD, For Keeps, or
at the link below to Danny Schmidt's webpage (Company of
Friends is track #4).
honor of St. Paddy’s day this month, we offer this well-known
Irish ballad. Despite the Scots-sounding“bonnie wee lassie”,
this song is definitely Irish in origin. Carnlough Bay is in
Northern Ireland, and is, in fact, the location of Pat Hamill’s
Hotel (though it is now called the Glencloy Inn). Pat Hamill’s was a
center for cycling enthusiasts, where folks could stop off on
their excursions, and a brisk business in renting bicycles was
carried on there. You
can hear a lovely version of this song, sung by Jenny Martin at
the link below.
The Road to Lubeck by Paul Cooper
STEADY AND GRACEFUL, SOLID AND WISE
Submitted By Paul Cooper
For those of us who don't attend hockey games or ice skating rinks, a Zamboni is the big four-wheeled machine that comes out and smooths out the ice between skating sessions. Named for its inventor, Mr. Zamboni, this graceful monster makes quite an impression especially on kids. This song was written by Chris Hartman's sister Mary Hartman. The chorus of it was read by Garrison Keiller on his radio show during his Christmas song contest, and the song has also been heard on NPR's popular program, Car Talk. Mary says "Our local (minor league) hockey arena sometimes plays part of it between periods at hockey games when the Zamboni comes out". Mary says "We play it in C. I play G chords with the capo on the 5th fret, and Janet plays in C with no capo."
Mary performs with the trio Humphrey, Hartman and Cameron out in state of Washington. Their website is http://humphreyandhartman.com/. (It is worth visiting for the banjo haiku alone.) Please note that the audio file was made available by Mary for purposes of learning the song. It is not to be added to your permanent collection.Lyrics and Chords Zamboni (audio)
The notes to Across the Water's second album say: Joe Scurfield was a schoolmate, fellow soccer and rugby team player, and one of Steve's first musical collaborators. Came the time for the leaving, Steve and Joe went separate ways, neither knowing that they were to attend universities in adjacent towns, not 20 miles apart, both continuing to pursue their musical interests. Thirty years later, watching the Old Rope String Band while both were appearing at the Chester (England) Folk Festival, Steve recognized the balding, bearded troubadour as his erstwhile friend despite playing the fiddle whilst being supported upside-down with his head in a bucket of water! Sadly only a couple of years after renewing the acquaintance, Joe was run down by a drunk, speeding 'joyrider'in a stolen car whilst making his way to his local pub in Newcastle to catch last orders. "Time gentlemen, please" is a common phrase in the parlance of English pub landlords to announce that it is closing time.
WILLIE GOGGIN'S HAT
By Jack Hardy
Hardy was kind enough to give Across the Water permission
to record this song, and I am boldly assuming his
permission also extends to reproducing our version of it
song was inspired by one of Jack's many trips to
We perform the song in G, capoed up two frets. You can of course adjust the capo position to suit your vocal range,
A POPPY BY ANY COLOR
A HOLE IN THE HEART
Lucy Nell Andrews passed away, her family's Email screens
lit up with condolences and tributes from singers and
songwriters from all over the country who had graced her
living room. Lucy
Nell's house concerts were one of the pillars of the
Way out Here by Ken Gaines
opened our May Second Saturday Concert songwriter's circle
with this fine original.
Having heard Ken perform it for six or seven years
now, it's still one of my favorites. You can
substitute an F chord
for the Fmaj7
Ken plays at several points if you want a more folky
feeling, instead of the shimmery Fmaj7. You can
hear Ken perform this song with Karen Mal on his excellent
CD, Catfish Moon,
or solo on the HFMS Music archive web page at http://houstonfolkmusic.org/HFS_Audio_Archive.html
MY WEDDING DAY
(C. Mims) Pandulce Music BMI
Connie was one of the panel of three singer-songwriters who gave us such a fantastic show at our May Second Saturday Concert. She graciously gave us permission to publish this song of hers in the Rag. "My Wedding Day" is from Connie's 2008 CD release "Go Deep", produced by Jack Saunders at White Cat Studios, Houston. Connie performs this one with capo at Fret III. The chord designated as C2 in the chorus looks like this:
You can see Connie perform this song on YouTube at: Connie on YouTube, or listen to it on the Audio Archive page of the HFMS website at: http://houstonfolkmusic.org/HFS_Audio_Archive.html.
JUST PUT 'IM IN A HEARSE
Bully of the Town
You will hear this tune frequently as an instrumental performed by bluegrass and old-time music groups. For years I thought it was a fiddle tune without words until I heard someone sing it at a bluegrass jam in New Jersey. There are many variations on the lyrics -- these are my favorites. I think the last verse is a classic! Even if you don't choose to learn the song, you should listen at least once to Gid Tanner and his great guitarist Riley Puckett. They were important pioneers in the development of the music we know today as bluegrass.
THAT RIVER LIFE FOR ME WAS JUST A DREAM
1856 the steamboat Arabia struck the stump of a
submerged walnut tree in the mighty Missouri River
just south of
THE ANGELS SING A LULLABY
Bedford's songs are often historical -- sometimes
literary -- sometimes both, as in this fine song
about Jack London.
The last verse is comprised almost entirely
of allusions to
AND WILLIE WILL SING AT MY SERVICE
By Paul Cooper
by Paul Cooper
Joe Crookston's songs about people
and events draw the listener in emotionally as much as
any singer-songwriter I know. Joe's CD,
"Able, Baker, Charlie and Dog", of which this is the
title song, received the most airplay of any folk
album at the time it was released, and was awarded
"Album of the Year" by the International Folk
will perform at our March Second Saturday concert
March 9. This
song can be heard on Joe's CD by the same title or at
the link below.
SECOND GENERATION SUNSHINE
By Paul Cooper
is a first for our recently inaugurated song column. In January
we featured Mattie
May by Zachary's mom, Carolyn Davis. This month
we are happy to present this lyrical delight which
Zachary first performed for us at one of the pickin
parties a few months back. The first
verse and chorus show the actual chords created by
the lively guitar lick he uses in the accompaniment. The second
verse and chorus show a simplified version if you
just want to strum it.
You can hear this song on Zachary's online
profile at Reverbnation
or at the link below.
Lyrics and Chords Sunshine [audio]
GARFIELD, HE'S AS HUMAN AS HUMAN CAN BE
song by Eric Johnson
song by Eric Johnson
song by one of our talented members, Eric
wrote this song back in the 1980s. He
says he sent the song to the creator of the
is another song by one of our many talented
members, Lloyd Ernstes. Lloyd
has helped us out many times by running sound
at our Second Saturday concerts. You
can hear Lloyd's demo of this song at the link
recorded and mastered the demo at his studio
and music store in
FAEN WOULD I BE IN MY AEN COUNTRY
HFMS member Tony Paiotti did a nice job performing this fine old traditional song at our May 2013 Second Saturday concert. Tony plays it in G, capoed at the third fret. You can of course capo to suit your own vocal range. You can hear a recording of Tony's performance by using the link below. You can hear more of Tony's songs at www.youtube.com/user/1AcousticTony.The Broom of the Cowdenknowes [Lyric & Chords] Audio_File