LOVE IS OUR CROSS TO BEAR

LOVE IS OUR CROSS TO BEAR   “Love Is Our Cross To Bear” is a song by John Gorka from his album “Land Of the Bottom Line”. A song with many possibilities – different for each listener. The act of loving someone can be a painful process. Loving some one puts our heart in the […]

THE NIGHT PADDY MURPHY DIED

THE NIGHT PADDY MURPHY DIED   “The Night Paddy Murphy Died” is a popular Newfoundland folk song regarding the death of a man and the antics of his friends as they engage in a traditional Irish wake. It is often attributed to Johnny Burke (1851–1930), a popular St. John’s balladeer, however, there is no record […]

RETURN OF THE GRIEVOUS ANGEL

RETURN OF THE GRIEVOUS ANGEL   “Return of the Grievous Angel” is a song written by Gram Parsons and poet Tom Brown. The song depicts the experiences of the character during a road travel across the United States. The song was produced during the recording sessions of his second and last album, Grievous Angel. Parsons […]

SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR

SHE MOVES THROUGH THE FAIR   “She Moved Through the Fair” (or “She Moves Through the Fair”) is a traditional Irish folk song, which exists in a number of versions and has been recorded many times. The melody is in Mixolydian mode. John Loesberg speculates: “From its strange, almost Eastern sounding melody, it appears to […]

TIME IN A BOTTLE

TIME IN A BOTTLE   “Time in a Bottle” is a hit single by singer-songwriter Jim Croce. Croce wrote the lyrics after his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant with his son, Adrian, in December 1970. It appeared on his 1972 ABC debut album You Don’t Mess Around with Jim. ABC originally did not […]

ASHOKEN FAREWELL

ASHOKEN FAREWELL   “Ashokan Farewell” is a piece of music composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps run by Ungar and his wife Molly Mason, who gave the tune its name, at the Ashokan Field Campus of SUNY New […]

COME ALL YOU FAIR AND TENDER LADIES

COME ALL YOU FAIR AND TENDER LADIES   “Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies” (aka “Tiny Sparrow” or “Little Sparrow”)  is an American folk music ballad, originating from the Appalachian region. It has been recorded under either of its two title variations by numerous artists, including The Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Odetta, […]

ARROW

ARROW   “Arrow” is a song by Cheryl Wheeler. The story about the song is almost as good as the song itself. Cheryl got up in the middle of the night and wrote most of the song in one sitting. And it was almost never recorded. Cheryl was putting together a tape of songs to […]

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER   “Bridge over Troubled Water” is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, the song was released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” on January 26, 1970. The song is featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970). […]