Hey, Woody Guthrie. We still sing your songs We will not forget your hard travellin’ We will not forget that this land is made for you and me Those are things that you told us …………….. Sing Woody’s songs Sing out I Ain’t Got No Home in this World Anymore Sing out Vigilante Man Sing out The Ballad of Tom Joad Sing out about the … Continue reading An Ode to Woody
Since the Inauguration I feel almost happy, almost normal. It’s caught me unawares. I thought I’d never breathe easy again. But old Joe Biden is pulling it off. He’s actually competent. Trump and his allies are not gone by any means, but they have taken one on the nose. Maybe America can bounce back from Trump. The alt-right “revolutionaries” who crawled out from under their … Continue reading Feeling Normal Again and a Sing Along
Are you getting the pandemic blues? Well, instead of swallowing some oxychloroquine, try singing. Here are some sing alongs: Sorry ’bout this first one. It might be a little bit too close to home, but it’s the first one I thought of. It’s a great song, tho, and I wish I could do it justice. It’s Woody Guthrie’s So Long It’s Been Good to Know … Continue reading Yikes! More Sing Alongs!
Together with Woody Guthrie, Hudie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, is considered a founding father of the American folk music movement. The “king of the 12-string guitar” was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in the year of 1888. By age 12 he was playing “professionally” in the Shreveport red light district. By age 20 he had already served several terms in prison. Legend has it that the folklorists … Continue reading Leadbelly
Every Day Another Story hasn’t posted anything on Woody Guthrie in nearly a year, a serious omission. So, to rectify and make amends, here’s Going Down the Road Feeling Bad. Woody added lyrics to this traditional folksong, and Maybank and Bumba added some of their own, but, as in all of these “roots music”songs, there is a strength and optimism that shines through. So, as … Continue reading Here’s to Woody!
Bumbastories’ Semi-Monthly Weekend Magazine presents its Annual Special Edition Table of Contents The Compulsion to Write : a psychological analysis (from the back of the bus) Another Essay About the Compulsion to Write (but written this time from the train) Another Essay about the Compulsion to Write (Yikes! It really is a compulsion) An original song by Bumba about the great American city of New … Continue reading Bumbastories’ Semi-Monthly Weekend Magazine
This song talks about having bad times, but also talks of better times. Somehow, Woody Guthrie was always encouraging. Woody Guthrie said something to the effect that he hated songs that make you feel like you’re not worth anything, and that he was there to fight those kinds of songs. It was true. Woody Guthrie was clearly something special in American music, someone who swam … Continue reading Goin Down the Road Feeling Bad
A couple of songs to help you on your way. Here’s Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad, an old folk song, probably a hundred years. Woody Guthrie put his words to it in the 1930’s, but the song was not a new one then. Bumba and Maybank have updated the lyrics for your 2015 listening pleasure with corrections for inflation and a nod to … Continue reading Songs to help you on your way
“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song. I’m worried now, but I won’t be worried long” Maybank and I were singing this one again yesterday. Being a lazy SOB, I have very cleverly (I think) and quite surrepticiously and under-handedly inserted the new version of Worried Man Blues into an old Worried Man Blues post and I am passing it off as … Continue reading Worried Man Blues
I posted these posts to Pete Seeger a while back, but clearly Pete Seeger is in our minds and hearts today. Thank you, Pete. And rest in peace. Oh, Had I A Golden Thread. I wish I could pay enough homage to Pete Seeger. I wrote him a letter one time. I thanked him for all he had given me. For Pete had given me … Continue reading To Pete