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Thread #79204 Message #1433221
Posted By: Joe Offer
12-Mar-05 - 03:56 PM
Thread Name: Bright Morning Star - recordings?
Subject: RE: Bright Morning Star - recordings?
You'll note that there are lyrics in the Digital Tradition and in this thread, so I dropped the "lyr req:" from the title of this thread and added "recordings," since it seems to be asking for information on recordings. There is no entry on this song in the Traditional Ballad Index, and only a one-line entry at folktrax.org - which indicates that the song is not found in most of the major song-collector songbooks. It is in Rise Up Singing and in the blue Collected Reprints from Sing Out! - but those are from newer sources. Here is the comment from Collected Reprints on the song:
"Bright Morning Stars," an old hymn, is closely associated with Fiddler Beer's Fox Hollow Festival. Ellen and Robin Christenson's and Irene and Tony Saletan's beautiful singing of the song had hundreds of others wanting to learn it.I'm not going to go into detail because the DT and the other thread have lyrics, but the lyrics in Collected Reprints are:
The version [in Collected Reprints] is from the singing of Irene and Tony Saletan and appears in Grass Roots Harmony (Oak, 1968), edited by Ethel Raim and Josh Dunson. The Saletans' version is scheduled to appear on a long "forthcoming" record on Folk-Legacy. The Pennywhistlers -- A Cool Day and Crooked Corn (Nonesuch/Explorer H-72024). Peggy Seeger sings a fine solo version on American Folk Songs for Christmas (Folkways FC 7053).
Bright mornin' stars are ris-in' (3x) So, anyhow, I'm still left wondering how old this song is, and where it comes from. Can somebody enlighten us?
Day is a-breakin' in my soul.
Oh, where are our dear fathers...
Some have gone to heaven shouting...
Some are down in the valley praying...
(repeat first verse)