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Thread #1901   Message #227359
Posted By: raredance
12-May-00 - 10:24 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Swallow Song (R Farina)-Los Bilbilicos
Subject: RE: Swallow Song
JOe, this doesn't directly answer your question but it might send you in some useful direction. I am willing to hazard a guess that "Los Bibilicos" is rather old and traditional. The logs of a 1961 recording session indicate that Bob Dylan did 2 takes of the song, John Hammond was the producer. Bob Dylan played harmonica on a Carolyn Hester album. Is that the same one you were listening to? So there is that connection. The song is also on a tribute to Jan Harmon a CD put out by Gordon Bok's label. The CD is described on the Gordon Bok page at Sandy Paton's Folk-Legacy site. Therefore maybe Sandy knows something about it. Perhaps more telling is that the song is on 2 different recordings by an artis called Judy Frankel. The albums are "Tresoros Sephardis" and "Sephardic Songs of Love and Hope". One of the blurbs described this music as being "Judeo-Spanish". That still leaves the question of whether Farina just translated it or was inspired by it to come up with something totally new.

rich r