The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2416   Message #3874613
Posted By: Joe Offer
01-Sep-17 - 02:26 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Watch the Stars (spiritual)
Subject: Origins: Watch the Stars (spiritual)
I didn't find the song in the Traditional Ballad Index, or in the Digital Tradition.

Here's the Peggy Seeger recording. I think she got it from her mother Ruth Crawford Seeger's "American Folk Songs For Christmas"

Here's the Pentangle recording that seems to be best-known among Mudcatters, although I wasn't familiar with it:

Because Sandy Paton was such a powerful influence in the early years of Mudcat, it's his version I know best. I'm having trouble finding a full recording of the version he recorded with his wife Caroline, but here's a really interesting clip that starts with that song:

Oh, here's their recording of "Watch the Stars/By'm By"

Unfortunately, some of these videos may not be playable in the UK.


(lefthanded, I hope you don't mind my combining threads)