MAY YOU (THE FOLKSINGER'S SONG)
May you never be sorry you traveled this road,
May you find all the work that you need.
May your eyes be bright when you're out late at night,
May never your glory get mixed up with greed.
May you always be paid all the money you're owed,
May you never get shafted and never get snowed,
May you never be forced into anyone's mold,
May your breakfast be hot and your beer always cold.
There's a number of people who'll sit in the rear,
They'll talk through your sets, they will catcall and jeer
A number of people will turn a deaf ear,
Just keep right on playing for those who will hear.
May they clap for your songs, may they laugh at your jokes
May they stay all night long, may they buy you rum cokes,
May they take to dinner and treat you to tokes,
May you make your bed among warm friendly folk.
When the time comes to pack up and ramble along,
May never you wonder just where you belong,
And if you hit hard times may they make you strong.
May every experience lend to your song.
May your heart be light, may you sleep well at night,
And I hope that you find all the love that you need.
Copyright 1980 Jan C. Marra
These are the lyrics from the funeral program that Jim Dixon linked to above. They're exactly the same as the lyrics in the Digital Tradition. Bob Clayton furnished the lyrics to the DT, and somehow the song got posted in the DT as having been written by Bob Clayton. That's wrong. We have confirmation from the author that the song was written by Jan Marra, http://janmarra.com/.
I have not yet been able to verify the lyrics.
This page (click) appears to indicate that Jan Marra performed "May You" at the Great River Folk Festival in Wisconsin in 1981.
Here's what Jan told me in an email: Currently, "May You" is published by Laughing Girl Music (BMI). Craig [Craig Merlin Broers] is releasing it this year (I think) on his own CD, but I don't remember his working title. We just recorded it together here in my area just a few weeks ago, with me on harmony vocals. He has a FB page so you might check with him there.
Jan says the only recording she made of the song was on a 1986 cassette titled Ten Original Songs.
I found a 2002 Jan Marra album titled Songs for Collectors on Spotify. She has a beautiful voice.