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Lyr Req: Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People

Susan A-R 03 May 99 - 10:00 PM
gargoyle 04 May 99 - 12:08 AM
dick greenhaus 04 May 99 - 06:18 PM
rich r 04 May 99 - 07:11 PM
Susan A-R 04 May 99 - 10:17 PM
Rick Fielding 04 May 99 - 10:32 PM
Sandy Paton 04 May 99 - 11:06 PM
gargoyle 29 Jun 99 - 05:44 PM
Amos 09 Sep 02 - 01:57 PM
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Susanne (skw) 09 Sep 02 - 06:59 PM
Uncle_DaveO 09 Sep 02 - 07:04 PM
GUEST,Skeezix O'Hara 21 Dec 03 - 08:02 PM
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Subject: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Susan A-R
Date: 03 May 99 - 10:00 PM

I remember hearing Pete Seeger sing this song on an old Folkways recording (I think) Anybody know it? All I can remember is something about Newspaper men meet such interesting people

I remember it having some pretty clever lyrics. Any thoughts?

Susan


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: gargoyle
Date: 04 May 99 - 12:08 AM

Something like "The News Editor's Prayer?"

Lord send us a tornado, a flashflood, a huricane or blizard....etc.


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 04 May 99 - 06:18 PM

It's on the old Peoples SongBook. My copy, alas, has vanished.


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: rich r
Date: 04 May 99 - 07:11 PM

The song was also recorded by Steve Addis & Bill Crofut on an album called "Such Interesting People". Would that I knew where my copy of that went to.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Susan A-R
Date: 04 May 99 - 10:17 PM

Hmmm, Mr. Crofut surfaces again. That makes quite a lot of sense. I don't know about hurricanes or floods, but I do remember

something about a man who sat upon a steeple, just where the point was I could never see.


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 04 May 99 - 10:32 PM

Vern Partlow, journalist, communist, activist and great west-coast songwriter, wrote "Newspapermen" in the late 40s or early 50s. It's on Pete Seeger's "Broadside #1" album. Mine's probably too scratched to listen to but I'll try and get the words. Both Pete's Broadside albums are worth listening to. I'm not sure if Smithsonian Folkways are releasing them on CD or not. Where's Joe Hickerson when you need him? He'd come up with the lyrics fast.


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 04 May 99 - 11:06 PM

Hickerson is still non-computerized, I'm told, except when he visits his late place of work, the Archive of Folk Culture. Wish he'd get himself on-line! We sure could use him.

I've got the People's Songbook. I'll look up the song later tonight. Alan Chartok uses the Seeger recording as the intro music to his "Capitol Connection" show on WAMC in Albany. We hear it every week.

Sandy


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Subject: Lyr Add: NEWSPAPER EDITOR'S PRAYER (Kenneth Burke)
From: gargoyle
Date: 29 Jun 99 - 05:44 PM

Sandy's link is here to the correct one:Newspaper Men

Found mine today:
NEWSPAPER EDITOR'S PRAYER
by Kenneth Burke

I pray thee, God,
Send us for tomorrow's copy
Some great flood or earthquake or disastrously erupting volcano
Or picturesquely havoc-bearing storm
Or other natural calamity such as we
In piety
Call "acts of God."

Or may there transpire some big new step towards greater global malice
Or may the peaceful work of the UN
Be disrupted by a new flare-up, with corresponding walkout.

Or may some admiral or general
Blowhorn about the ever-mounting power
To spread misery.
Or if there is to be no true disaster for this day
Then I pray thee
Send us at least conditions for some rumor
That we may flaunt it before the nation
In foot-high front-page headlines
(Being to truth dedicated
We can deny it later,
In a small item well hidden).

Give us, I pray thee,
Some such monstrosity
As a way of drawing papers to market
That our merchants may the better peddle their wares.

And then happily

Many thousands more acres of stately trees
(Such as young Keats called "solemn senators")
Trees that make a Cathedral of the forest
Will have been successfully processed,
Transformed into the printed yellow matter of journalism
By the rules of hygiene
To use once and throw away....


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Amos
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 01:57 PM

I'm looking for these lyrics myself just now. The parts I remember, from Seehger's Folkways "Gazette" LP, go roughly like this:

Oh, newspapermen meet such interesting people
---------------(blank)---------------------
They wallow in corruption, crime and gore.

There's a verse about Missus Sadie Someone who chops her husband up to pieces, and stuffs him in a trunk.

There were many clever verses to it.

Who's got those lyrics out there?????

The DT doesn't find anything on "Newspapermen". Unless I am missing a secret code?

A


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Amos
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 02:01 PM

SOrry, I found them on Gargoyle's link above which I had missed.

Thanks, Garg!

A


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 06:59 PM

To balance that 'Prayer' above, sing 'No News Is Good News' by Colum Sands with it!


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 09 Sep 02 - 07:04 PM

"Oh, newspapermen meet such interesting people!
They know the lowdown; now it can be told!"

DAve Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: GUEST,Skeezix O'Hara
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 08:02 PM

Ding a ling a ling, City desk
Hold the Press, hold the press,
Extra extra read all about it
Oh Newspaper men meet such interesting people
[Something or other] the power of the press.

I heard it once at a Pete concert and it stuck with me.


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Subject: RE: Newspaper Men Lyrics
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:18 AM

The song is posted here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Newspapermen Meet Such Interesting People
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 11:20 PM

Newspapermen meet such interesting people
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9T5BQBNa4Q


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