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And now walk the road again my boy. Along the road if the weather be fair I'll call my hair and I walk to Washington State University presents they wandering ballad singer Barry Tobin with songs that vividly describe the history and folklore of a pioneering country. I nod along the road and get. Of all the folk songs in the world probably the love of I and The Love Song of the most common and people being the way they are I suppose it stands to reason love songs seem to deal with a wide range of problems but I suppose the ones you hear the most often are things like will you wait for me how long will I be gone how would you ever exist while I'm away. What did you do while I was gone. You know where did you go out. Things like after all we went through she's left me or he's run off with another woman or something like nuts I knew women weren't worth the trouble anyhow. Well here
are a few love songs that fit some of these problems although will be a long way from covering the whole field. The first one is a North Carolina version of an English ballad which I learn from the Montana folk singer in Utah. One very nice verse was lifted neatly from that not too long ago and you'll probably recognize it. It's called the turtle dove. Do you see the turtle in the. Home. See how I am morons but his true love has I will do for my own for mine and why not me for. The pretty little blah words Gru never did I tell the others oh do you know what love.
Love good on Fire Girl I sure is your bar. Send her down to New Orleans and trade her off for corn for corn and trade her off for for. I am just a poor country boy money. I have none but very rare in the US and in the mornings and sun and gold in the mornings. Here's a short one which has been sung in this country ever since revolutionary days. John Chartier would probably call it a love Yelp for I'm a go go in a
little comma back if I go as an issue. And who will glove the are and who when. A friend of mine from Worcester Ohio taught me this one between sessions of tree chopping one summer in North Carolina. It's the song of a man who's concerned over this same problem of who's going to take care of his girlfriend while he's away. Sort of euphemistically It's called Who's going to show your pretty little foot. Who is going to shoe your pretty little foot. Who is going to be or how am
I and who is going to kiss who read lips and who who's going to be or is going to be. Who is going to be. Who is going to kiss your. Who lives and who is going to be or. Is going to shoot my little foot mama is going to glom of my. Sister is going to kiss my red lips I don't need no and I don't need no man.
And NO I DOn't NEED NO MAN and sisters going to kiss. My red lips and I don't need no. Here's a German song of disappointed love in which the jilted lover observes that women in the world are more faults than money even it seems to me that some time honored American attitudes are neglected in the song. Too. Yet rich and da see him her. Di ako me me.
S try me. Been Das HOT HOT me. So grow some. Xin ma Los das me and he od. So yes Das he.
Unlike the lover in the last song who has crossed the mountains a thousand times and refuses to do it again. This jilted girl sits wailing for a pair of wings so she can return to her false true lover. Come mama you and tenderly take all worn in Hamas court young man. They're like US of A summer's morn and. They are first appear in their gong. If I had known before I Corps never Corps I would have a lock my
heart boxed and fastened with a pin. I wish I and I had a way I'd fly. To my faults true love and when he'd see me I would be nigh but I little swallow I got neither. So I'll sit down here to my sorrow and try a trouble.
You tenderly. Take warnin like us of us more. Then they are. This last one is a rarity in folk song comparatively by some quirk or perhaps a mistake the departed lover has come back and it appears that his only motive is to play guessing games. But it's just that he's been gone so long he looks different. His name is John Riley and. As I went walking one Sunday morning to breathe the sui.
But if. It were I stepped up to her. So how do you. Know no clients. I rather rather love my life. I'm sure you were used to Homer with.
The truth. I'll plainly tell you that I got married to who has left this country and he's the com of so I'll not go out neither with you. Or my heart. I kept forgetting. Now when he saw that she
gave her kids one who has been there call you if you and your name is Riley I will do that distance. We will set me over. That's it for now. See you next time.
And walking the road again my boy dog road. Yeah if the weather being there I'll call my hair and I'll log in and. Listen again next week when Barry tokened a wandering ballad singer returns with more songs in balance. The preceding was transcribed and was produced by the Radio TV services of Washington State University. This is the NEA E.B. Radio Network.
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The wandering ballad singer
Love songs
Producing Organization
Washington State University
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
In this program, Barre Tolken analyzes and performs various love songs from the folk idiom.
Series Description
Folk music series hosted by musician Barre Toelken, who collects folk songs and has worked as a dance band musician, a Forest Service employee, and prospector.
Broadcast Date
Love songs--History and criticism.
Media type
Host: Toelken, Barre, 1935-
Producing Organization: Washington State University
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University of Maryland
Identifier: 60-33-23 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:20
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