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Tom Paxton Concert Review

Charley Noble 07 Sep 07 - 10:52 PM
C. Ham 07 Sep 07 - 11:07 PM
SINSULL 07 Sep 07 - 11:10 PM
Bernard 08 Sep 07 - 06:52 AM
kendall 08 Sep 07 - 07:52 AM
JudyB 08 Sep 07 - 09:20 AM
open mike 09 Sep 07 - 12:21 AM
Charley Noble 09 Sep 07 - 04:54 PM
Rog Peek 22 Sep 07 - 07:04 PM
Fliss 22 Sep 07 - 07:41 PM
Charley Noble 22 Sep 07 - 07:53 PM
Rog Peek 23 Sep 07 - 06:34 AM
Fliss 23 Sep 07 - 04:36 PM
Jason Xion Wang 29 Nov 14 - 08:27 AM
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Subject: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 10:52 PM

Well, this won't be much of a review but we certainly enjoyed Tom's concert this evening at the Chocolate Church in Bath, Maine. Tom looks good and sounds good, and seems in fine spirits.

There was a new George W. Bush song, an update on his Nixon Vietnam War song, which got a enthusiastic response from the audience. There were two songs dedicated to his daughters when they were much younger which I really liked. The most haunting song has to be the 9/11 song about the firefighters pounding up the stairs while everyone else is fleeing down, which he somehow managed to sing at a memorial service at the engine house adjacent to the Trade Towers site. There was a song in remembrance of Tommy Mackem and the Clancy Brothers. Then there were his old standards that everyone was pleased to be able to sing along on, and it was a singing crowd.

Tom was accompanied by Geoff Barkley (?) who also did a fine job. Geoff also led a wonderful song of advice to those just setting out on the road of life.

Here's to Tom!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: C. Ham
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 11:07 PM

That would be Geoff Bartley. Geoff is a fine singer-songwriter himself. Last time I saw Geoff was back in the 1990s, but I assume he's still based in Cambridge, MA. Geoff has been Tom Paxton's accompanist on New England gigs for many years.


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: SINSULL
Date: 07 Sep 07 - 11:10 PM

Geoff has a C of his own out - worth a listen.
M


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Bernard
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 06:52 AM

Does he have a D as well?!!

;o)


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: kendall
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 07:52 AM

How come I didn't know of this?


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: JudyB
Date: 08 Sep 07 - 09:20 AM

You're not on the Chocolate Church's mailing list?

You didn't ask?

The Chocolate Church (in Bath, Maine) has a lot of interesting concerts planned for the coming year - calendar here. Next are Patty Larkin September 15, Enter the Haggis September 22, and the Battlefield Band September 28 - not to mention our friend Allison Freeman's "Singing our History in the City of Ships" series which will be there September 14 and 21 (she's doing a weekly series through the summer alternating between several venues in Bath, the "City of Ships").


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: open mike
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 12:21 AM

here is his web site
and tour schedule :

Tom has always had a song from every occasion.

I believe it is his saying that John McCutcheon quotes
when he speaks of "short shelf life songs" or topical
songs which apply to current events. The 9-11 song he
wrote is called The Bravest and it is on his
Looking for the Moon (CD) Released: October 22, 2002.,

I often sing his songs...I Wonder Where I'm Bound, Ramblin' Boy,
Last Thing On My Mind, and others.

Go see and hear him if you can!


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Subject: LYR.Add.: The Bravest
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 04:54 PM

Here's the lyrics to "The Bravest" from Paxton's website:

THE BRAVEST
By Tom Paxton
(Written 9/24/01)

The first plane hit the other tower
Right after I came in
It left a fiery, gaping hole
Where offices had been
We stood and watched in horror
As we saw the first ones fall
Then someone yelled, "Get out! Get out!
They're trying to kill us all"

I grabbed the pictures from my desk
And joined the flight for life
With every step I called the names
Of my children and my wife
And then we heard them coming up
From several floors below -
A crowd of fire fighters
With their heavy gear in tow

Chorus:

Now every time I try to sleep
I'm haunted by the sound
Of firemen pounding up the stairs
While we were running down.


And when we met them on the stairs
They said we were too slow
"Get out! Get out!" they yelled at us
"The whole thing's going to go"
They didn't have to tell us twice
We'd seen the world on fire
We kept on running down the stairs
While they kept climbing higher

Chorus

Thank God we made it to the street
We ran through ash and smoke
I did not know which way to run -
I thought that I would choke
A fireman took me by the arm
And pointed me uptown
Then, "Christ!" I heard him whisper
As the tower came roaring down

So now I go to funerals
For men I never knew
The pipers play "Amazing Grace"
As the coffins come in view
They must have seen it coming
When they turned to face the fire
They sent us down to safety
Then they kept on climbing higher.

Chorus

Charley Noble

©2001 Pax Music, ASCAP


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Rog Peek
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:04 PM

I've just booked to see Tom in Bristol ('Old' England)in January next year. Really looking forward to it, so glad he's decided to carry on touring over here.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Fliss
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:41 PM

Thought you might be interested in the write up and photos of Tom Paxton with Ralph McTell at a House of Commons event to honour Tom.

http://www.ralph-mctell.co.uk/parliament.html


fliss


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 07:53 PM

Wow! Thanks for the link. It's wonderful that Tom Paxton has earned a higher level of appreciation in the UK than he has in the States, at least in the States under the current administration.

There are times when I'm tempted to migrate. But then I think "I'm living in the most powerful and dangerous nation in the world and maybe I have a duty to do something more responsible."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Rog Peek
Date: 23 Sep 07 - 06:34 AM

You might as well stay where you are Charley, you'll get no joy over here:

On the Iraq War, Michael Ancram, Alan Keen and Helen Southworth according to their voting records, were all strongly for going to war in Iraq, and Lord Neil Kinnock was certainly not an outspoken critic of the war. Between 24th Sept 2002 and 18 March 2003 there were six important votes in Parliament on the Iraq war, Michael Martin was absent for all of them.   They may very well be fans of Tom and his songs, but it's a bloody shame they don't listen a little closer to the words.

I hope there were a few red faces when he sang 'I Call It Murder'. Well done Tom!


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Subject: RE: Tom Paxton Concert Review
From: Fliss
Date: 23 Sep 07 - 04:36 PM

Very good comments Rog.. shame our 'flower power' generation politicians havnt remembered their roots and voted for peace.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I Call It Murder (Tom Paxton)
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 29 Nov 14 - 08:27 AM

Since Rog has mentioned this song, I think I'd better post the lyrics to it. Tom has become much less topical into the 21st century... This is about his latest "serious" topical song. A good song - a little bit Ochsesque. Sometimes I think I hear Phil's voice in it.


I CALL IT "MURDER"
(Tom Paxton)

Planes come in and land at night in Delaware.
Cameras are forbidden to take pictures there.
Coffins draped in flags come down the ramps at last.
Faithful unto death, their future is their past.

Some might call it "folly", some might cry "Crusade!"
Some might call it "justified" and some a "proud parade".
Some might call it "self-defence", some might take that further,
But today, sad to say, I call it "murder".
Today, sad to say, I call it "murder".

Sunni murders Shia, it goes on and on.
Shia tortures Sunni, death in Babylon.
Each of them kills soldiers with a roadside bomb.
Kills without a second thought, without a qualm.

Some might call it "folly", some might cry "Crusade!"
Some might call it "justified" and some a "proud parade".
Some might call it "self-defence", some might take that further,
But today, sad to say, I call it "murder".
Today, sad to say, I call it "murder".

Now the President says we must stay the course.
Force against us will be met by greater force.
Never short of victory will killing cease.
Never mind the sorrows of the friends of peace.

Some might call it "folly", some might cry "Crusade!"
Some might call it "justified" and some a "proud parade".
Some might call it "self-defence", some might take that further,
But today, sad to say, I call it "murder".
Today, sad to say, I call it "murder".
Today, sad to say, I call it "murder".


Taken from Robin's Website. Great source for Tom Paxton lyrics.

Jason


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