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Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?

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Chris Seymour 20 May 99 - 08:57 PM
Don Meixner 20 May 99 - 10:03 PM
Alex 21 May 99 - 02:00 AM
Jon W. 21 May 99 - 10:36 AM
Sheye 21 May 99 - 11:53 AM
Art Thieme 21 May 99 - 09:26 PM
Rockaday Johnny 22 May 99 - 02:22 AM
Chris Seymour 16 Jun 99 - 11:17 PM
Alice 16 Jun 99 - 11:26 PM
Art Thieme 16 Jul 99 - 01:06 PM
rich r 16 Jul 99 - 06:45 PM
Art Thieme 19 Jul 99 - 12:54 AM
Wotcha 19 Jan 01 - 10:55 PM
rangeroger 20 Jan 01 - 01:05 AM
StillyRiverSage (inactive) 20 Jan 01 - 01:38 AM
Mooh 20 Jan 01 - 10:29 AM
Malcolm Douglas 20 Jan 01 - 11:39 AM
Inukshuk 20 Jan 01 - 09:45 PM
Joe Offer 20 Jan 01 - 10:14 PM
kendall 20 Jan 01 - 11:42 PM
Smok 21 Jan 01 - 10:31 AM
GUEST,Art Thieme 22 Jan 01 - 08:58 PM
Gorgeous Gary 22 Jan 01 - 10:19 PM
DonMeixner 22 Jan 01 - 10:40 PM
bobby's girl 23 Jan 01 - 05:18 PM
GUEST,Moshe Averick 27 May 03 - 06:15 PM
DonMeixner 27 May 03 - 06:33 PM
Neighmond 27 May 03 - 11:16 PM
Cluin 27 May 03 - 11:36 PM
The O'Meara 28 May 03 - 11:52 AM
Don Firth 28 May 03 - 12:04 PM
MMario 28 May 03 - 12:07 PM
Mark Ross 28 May 03 - 02:02 PM
Little Hawk 28 May 03 - 02:23 PM
Don Firth 28 May 03 - 04:35 PM
mack/misophist 28 May 03 - 07:05 PM
Little Hawk 28 May 03 - 10:17 PM
GUEST,William Shatner 29 May 03 - 04:19 PM
Cluin 30 May 03 - 01:28 AM
Watson 30 May 03 - 06:06 AM
mack/misophist 26 Jun 04 - 05:09 PM
Mudlark 27 Jun 04 - 12:17 AM
Cheap Tracks 27 Jun 04 - 12:38 AM
GUEST,Puffenkinty 27 Jun 04 - 02:09 PM
mack/misophist 27 Jun 04 - 09:36 PM
Rapparee 27 Jun 04 - 10:43 PM
Malcolm Douglas 27 Jun 04 - 10:50 PM
GUEST,Mark Mastrogiovanni 01 Aug 09 - 08:38 AM
Joe_F 01 Aug 09 - 06:33 PM
GUEST,Dwayne Story? 21 Mar 11 - 12:43 PM
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pdq 16 Oct 11 - 11:46 AM
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Subject: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Chris Seymour
Date: 20 May 99 - 08:57 PM

Anybody know anything about a song called something like Windigo/Wendigo?

I sing a song called "Winnebago" by an acquaintance of mine named Ned Bachus, whom I've lost touch with. But I understand it's a parody of the aforementioned song.

Any clues? (I don't find it in the database.)


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Don Meixner
Date: 20 May 99 - 10:03 PM

Chris,

"My feet are on fire as I run. My name is Windigo"

I learned it as Windigo. I have a recording of Jim Post singing this song. An I'll try to post it for you unless Archival Art comes on and does it first.

Don


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Alex
Date: 21 May 99 - 02:00 AM

Wendigo was written by Dwain Story. Do a Forum Search on Wendigo. I don't remember if anyone ever posted the lyrics. Art also does a song about a Winnebago trip ("Poor Fifi")


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Jon W.
Date: 21 May 99 - 10:36 AM

I don't know anything about the songs mentioned but the word windigo caught my attention. A couple of summers ago we took a tape of a Native American story teller with us on vacation. Windigos were the bad guys in his stories. They are apparently giant monsters made of stone who like to eat people. Very entertaining stories - I wish I could remember the name of the story teller.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Sheye
Date: 21 May 99 - 11:53 AM

Most old tales are told by elders that have received their stories as gifts from their ancestors. An interesting observation that I've made is that traditional story tellers usually do not use the terms 'good' and 'evil' when discussing spirits. Often, even tragic events are depicted as part of a necessary whole, and spirits with negative streaks to them are just the way they are; the elders not labelling them as right or wrong.

I am only speaking of my own experiences with the Indian culture, which is limited. Has anyone else noticed this?

One of my very best friends is a treaty Cree. She laughs at my confusion and childlike curiousity: White people are so young and have so much to learn. I think she's right. We do have so much to teach each other.

this site may be of interest: http://www.pantheon.org/mythica/areas/native_american/

Being vegetarian, I was sought out for this one~~~

Q: Where does the word 'vegetarian' come from?

A: It's Indian, meaning "poor hunter".

Happy day, y'all, Sheye


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 May 99 - 09:26 PM

A Winnebago tale from Wisconsin:
This is how I remember it.

The family, a brave and his wife and their new baby securly tied to his cradle board, were walking through the trees and they decided to make their camp and eat. A fire was built, a fish caught and prepared. When they went to get the the baby they found all of the bindings broken and small footprints leading toward and into the lake. Where they emerged from the lake they seemed to be growing larger with almost every step. The ground under the footprints was cold and the leaves of grass were brittle and frozen solid. Thunder and lightning rolled through the sky and a huge lightning bolt cracked close to them. A short distance ahead a huge tree crashed to Earth. When they got to the place where the thing had fallen they found a shattered giant of solid ice in pieces all over the ground. In the middle of all the frozen debris, where the heart should've been, was their infant---dead. Then they realized the truth of it: Their baby had been a Windigo--one of that race of giant ice people/monsters.

Yes, Dwain Story wrote this song---in the early '60s. Every so often somebody takes to it, learns it and this modern song version of the many Windigo legends gets some new life. I think folks take to it for it's strangeness.

Dwain Story is a distant relative of Carl Story, an early bluegrass picker. He was a member of THE KNOBLICK UPPER TEN THOUSAND, a bluegrassy/folkie band of the 60s made up of Eric Jacobsom, Stu (Darsono) Ramsey, and Pete Childs. Dwain is quite ill now. I think I'll make some phone calls and check on him. Thanks to you all for reminding me that I've been negligent there.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Rockaday Johnny
Date: 22 May 99 - 02:22 AM

Best version I've heard of that is Cindy Mangsen - she said there was an old Twilight Zone story on the Wendigo - but I can'y remember it.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Chris Seymour
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 11:17 PM

Thanks much for all the info. Don, I'd love a posting of the song and/or any info on the Post and/or Mangsen recordings. I seem to remember hearing Jim Post do it, too, now's I think of it, but it's not on my only Jim Post LP.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Alice
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 11:26 PM

This thread brought me shivers. I must have seen the Twilight Zone version of the Windigo, because I flashed on a game I played with a friend when we were children. It gave me nightmares for years. We played that the windigo had feet of fire that burned the ground as it ran. It was scary. I was the Windigo.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 01:06 PM

In the trad tales of many tribes the Windigo (Wendigo in Dwain's song) does have feet of fire often---also is an "ice monster". A strange creation. I'd love to know if it's a metaphor for terrible blizzards with 40 below zero temps. Tales were often ways of dealing with the immensity of nature in the wilderness/wildness. If mere mortals could beat the Windigo in the tales, it would make the people bolder. Anybody know the folk motifs involved here??

(Dwain Story, who wrote "Wendigo", is not doing well now. Too many years of chemical abuse in spite of the attempts of many to help him. To cure a headache, ya gotta take your aspirin--if you know what I mean.)

Art


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Subject: Lyr Add: PRIESTS OF THE GOLDEN BULL (Sainte-Marie)
From: rich r
Date: 16 Jul 99 - 06:45 PM

This is a different song, but not unrelated.

THE PRIESTS OF THE GOLDEN BULL (Buffy Sainte-Marie)

Who brought the bomb wrapped up in buisness cards and stained with steak?
Who hires a maid to wash his money?
Who keeps politicians on the take?
Who puts outspoken third worlders in jail just to shut them down?
Oh the lies vary from place to place but the truth is still the same even in this town.

Money junkies all over the world trample us on their way to the bank
They run in every race
Windego.

Third worlders see it first
The dynamite, the dozers
the cancer and the acid rain
The corporate caterpillars come into our backyards
and turn the world to pocket change.

Reservations are the nuclear frontline
Uranium poisoning kills
We're starving in a handful of gluttons
We're drowning in their gravy spills.

Their tongues are silver forks
There's a lack of wisdom
you can hear it on their breath
Windego

It's delicate confronting these priests of the golden bull
They preach from the pulpit of the bottom line
Their minds rustle with million dollar bills.

They say silver burns a hole in your pocket
and gold burns a hole in your soul
Uranium burns a hole in forever
It just gets out of control.

There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile
He raised a crooked sixpence to hide a crooked style
He won a crooked vote and he smiled a crooked smile
Windego.

Their tongues are silver forks
There's a lack of wisdom
you can hear it on their breath
Windego.

from the album "Coincidence And Likely Stories" (1992 Chrysalis/Ensign Records Canada)

rich r


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CHEROKEE QUEEN (Carl Oglesby)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 19 Jul 99 - 12:54 AM

THE CHEROKEE QUEEN
by Carl Oglesby---
I learned it from Bruce Utah Phillips one late night at The Earl Of Old Town in Chicago. (early 70s) Carl Oglesby was president of Students For A Democratic Society-1965-'66), wrote 3 professionally produced plays, taught radical politics at MIT, was a leader of the anti-war movement during Viet Nam and, in recent times, is a lecturer, teacher and J.F.K. Sr. scholar.
(The song is on my recent CD on Waterbug Records)----Art

Said the Cherokee queen, "Are you going my way?
Is that a roadmap I see clenched in your trembling hand,
A warrior brave made his ambush in a place where the moon made him blind,
We couldn't get word down the river in time,
And all we could hear in the night was the sound of him dying."

"Oh, my tall bronze man with the stars in his eyes,
There was a ruby in the forehead of my love.
The circle of our silence was broken,
Nobody could remember the plan,
The wise men cringed in the temple all night,
Waiting for word of the newcomers final demands."

"The ceiling fan turns so slowly in the night,
And the winner deals us another pack of lies,
Gambling again with the master,
I draw to the same pair of freaks,
Gambling again with disaster,"
And bleeding with whisky she dreams of her old Cherokee.

Said the Cherokee queen, "Are you going my way?
Is that a roadmap I see clutched in your trembling hand?
A warrior brave made his ambush
At a place where the moon made him blind,
We couldn't get word down the river in time,
And all we could hear in the night was the sound of him dying.
And bleeding with whisky she dreams of her old Cherokee.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Wotcha
Date: 19 Jan 01 - 10:55 PM

Dwain Story is a regular performer at the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago's Bucktown area ... check it out on Thursday nights ... he seems to be hanging in there.
Cheers,
Brian


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: rangeroger
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 01:05 AM

Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer do an excellent version of this song on her "Old Friends" album.

rr


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: StillyRiverSage (inactive)
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 01:38 AM

In American Indian storytelling circles the Anishenaabe (also called Chippewa and Ojibwa) use Windigo in a number of ways, sometimes metaphorical, sometimes literal. This sort of creature/character is not as widespread as Tricksters figures (who are found in literature around the world), but is an important figure in American Indian literature nonetheless. Modern writers who make particularly skillful use of Windigo are Louise Erdrich and Gerald Vizenor. Sorry I can't help with the song.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Mooh
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 10:29 AM

I wonder if there's a connection between this and the Wendigo I knew as a child which was a naturally occurring cross between a Speckled (Brook) Trout and a Lake Trout, and now generally referred to as a Splake. These did exist before mankind got into the business of rearing trout strains, and my understanding was that the people of the First Nations in the area near Georgian Bay (and maybe elsewhere) called them Wendigo. Nowadays of course, there are too few naturally occurring Lakers and Brookies to create Wendigo, and this is a tragedy.

Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 11:39 AM

There are some interesting comments on the Wendigo here:  Wendigo Mini-FAQ

Algernon Blackwood's chilling story based on the legend may be found online at  The Wendigo

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Inukshuk
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 09:45 PM

I always understood the Wendigo legend as a way to explain cannibalism. As the poor starving group of souls get more and more deranged by their cold and hunger, they are stalked by the Wendigo. They see his footprints, and hear his voice. One by one, they fall victim to his voracious appetite.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 10:14 PM

I was going to say something about the complete title of this song being "Wooed Wendigo," by the Duke of Wellington, but that would be thread creep, wouldn't it???
-Joe Offer, ducking for cover-


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: kendall
Date: 20 Jan 01 - 11:42 PM

There's a hill on Bartletts Island
So high and steep and round
Where the Windego on his big flat feet
Makes tracks all over the ground.
Where the ding balls ding at the Willum alones
And the Side hill gougers ski
And Doctor Pillgarlic with hair on his teeth
Lives in a hollow tree...

exerpt from a childrens poem by Ruth Moore


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Smok
Date: 21 Jan 01 - 10:31 AM

I'm surprised that no one quoted Ogden Nash, 'windigo, the windigo, I saw him just a friend ago' etc.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 22 Jan 01 - 08:58 PM

Joe,

I do think that you are thinking of the time my old uncle's cow got into the ink supply. It "mood indigo".


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 22 Jan 01 - 10:19 PM

Dave Clement, a filker/folkie from the Edmonton area, does a nice version of Dwain's song. It's on his RAMBLING THE GALAXY tape (from filk publisher Dodeka records) and I usually get to hear it from him live when we're at the same con.

A more up to date take comes from Michigan filker Steve MacDonald; that one's called "Cold Butcher" and is on his JOURNEY'S DONE tape. Steve's page is http://www.smacdonald.com. He's gotten an award or two from the community for the song.

-- Gary


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Subject: Lyr Add: WINDEGO (sung by Jim Post)
From: DonMeixner
Date: 22 Jan 01 - 10:40 PM

Windego, as sung By Jim Post

I live way up in the North they say
where a hunter may die all alone.
Indians have told of a legend so old,
of a death whose sound is a moan,

I fly where the forest meets the sky,
I race the Northern wind as I go,
My feet are on fire as I run and I cry,
My names is Windego,

Now where I run my feet leave a path,
They melt in the ice and the snow,
Hunters who see look above in the trees,
Win---de---go,

I fly where......

By lakes and trees in the pale moon light,
There's a sound thats so awesome and low,
Is it the wind or a cry in the night?
Win--de--go.

I fly where.....

I live way up in the North they say,
Where a hunter may die all alone,
Indians have told of a legend so old,
Of a death whose sound is moan.......

From Jim Post on an Old Town School of Folkmusic broadcast about three weeks after Art Thieme left the show.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: bobby's girl
Date: 23 Jan 01 - 05:18 PM

I have a brilliant song by Eileen Mcgann, a Canadian singer who was at Whitby last year, called 'Windigo's Coming' The sleeve notes say that she based the song on a Cree elder's statement about the James Bay Hydro-electric dam project that has destroyed much of his people's traditional hunting grounds by massive flooding, road-building, and the subsequent poisoning of the waters with mercury and methane. The chorus likens the destruction to the coming of the Windigo -

The legend is told among the Cree of a giant who wanders - Windigo Heart of ice and breath like fire, enemy to all things living And we in the age of technology have conquered the night but not the darkness In the core of the city a yellow eye opens, Windigo's coming, Windigo


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Moshe Averick
Date: 27 May 03 - 06:15 PM

Is the Jim Post recording of "Wendigo" available somewhere online?
For that matter is Dwain Story"s recording of it available. I used to see him at Earls Pub in Chicago many years ago. I'm sorry to hear that he is not well. Thanks for any info
Sincerely, Moshe Averick


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 27 May 03 - 06:33 PM

I have it on Cassette from the show. Never saw it anywhere else.

Don


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Neighmond
Date: 27 May 03 - 11:16 PM

Wendigo walks in the woods and sometimes unholy grounds. Nobody knows what they look like up close because people go mad if they cross one. Afar they are bigger and taller than a grown man, they are covered in hair, and wear ragged clothes or none at all, and walk on two feet. No good can arise of them, if you cross their tracks you will wander forever. Any ground they touch is defiled, and will remain so for a very long time. They can catch you in dreams (If you dream of one you will become one,) you will dream of eating human flesh, and develop a taste of human flesh even when food is in plentitude. During your infrequent lucid moments you will beg for death. Sometimes they will lead a child off to an unquiet death (E.G. Oliver Larch), and the footprints of one who has become Wendigo will be bloody, and they will suffer from the heat.

This is from a close friend (I think soon to be fiancee`) of my cousin's, who is three-quarters Native North American, she grew up in the Canadian Rockies- I have no clue where her familyy was from before then, though.

FWIW
Chaz


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Cluin
Date: 27 May 03 - 11:36 PM

The Wendigo was an evil spirit of hunger and insanity that struck during winter. It afflicted and possessed one and that person was driven towards cannibalism. A common symptom of it's progress was a craving for beaver meat, which was claimed to taste most like human. If, in dead of winter, Grandpa started staring at the kids too closely and asking for beaver meat all the time, it was a sure sign the Wendigo was taking him over. It seemed to most like to prey on family. Time to turn Grandpa out of the cabin, then.

That's the way I heard it in North Ontario.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: The O'Meara
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:52 AM

Wierd but true personal story:
    (When I was living in Minnesota a native American friend told me "Wendigo" was sort of a generic term meaning evil spirit, and there are lots of variations to stories about it.)
    Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo" was first published about 1885. Blackwood said he heard it from a Canadian Indian in the late 1860s. It features an evil spirit that races thorugh the tops of the pine trees so fast that it's feet burn, generating a "sickly-sweet" odor and huge footprints melted into the snow whenever it comes to earth. When it wears itself out, it calls the name of someone who must inevitably become its' replacement. The story is one of the world's great campfire tales, guaranteed to scare the bejesus out of anyone who hasn't heard it before. (The story was adapted in the late 1950s for an episode of T. Zone or Outer Limits, I forget which.) I've been telling the tale around campfires for better than 40 years, and for many years I considered it a great, mythical, scary tall tale.
    About 10 or 12 years ago I read an article in Nat'l Geographic about Sir Edmund Hillary's expedition to Tibet in search of the Yeti. His conclusion was that since he didn't find one they didn't exist, and all the stories about them were bunk. The only things they had in common were descriptions of giant footprints in the snow and a "mysterious odor."
    I'm as skeptical as you get about all that paranormal-ufo-bigfoot stuff, but when I read that I got a permanent case of the creeps. The odds against a 140 year old Canadian Indian legend having anything in common with a modern expedition to Tibet are too big to be accidental. Now when I tell the Wendigo story I scare myself, too.

O'Meara

ps please excuse the creepy thread creep, and this bad pun.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 May 03 - 12:04 PM

The only time I ever heard the song was at the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1964. Doc Watson sang it in one of the workshops and it left everyone with their mouths open. Fantastic!

I've looked for it off and on ever since, but never found it (sort of like searching for a supernatural being). Anybody got a MIDI of this?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: MMario
Date: 28 May 03 - 12:07 PM

or abc or gif or sol-fa, or...


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 28 May 03 - 02:02 PM

I learned the song from Dwayne 35 years ago in Greenwich Village. I think he told me that he wrote it for entry in a songwriting contest.
If anybody around Chi sees him tell him I said hello. He was(and I hope still is), a great picker and singer, and writer. I remember seeing him at at the Cafe AuGoGO playing the hell out of the break on FOUR RODE BY, Ian Tyson sitting there with his mouth open watching him.

Mark Ross


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Subject: Lyr Add: WENDIGO (George Coventry)
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 May 03 - 02:23 PM

Matter of fact, I wrote a song back in '94 called "Wendigo." Here are the lyrics:

WENDIGO
Key of Em

I'm in a car with some girl I don't know
Bob Dylan's on the radio
Singing "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
It's not the shadowed hollows of her face
That keep me hidden here within my space
But only that she seems so much like me
The highway rolls, the miles fall back behind
The empty fields, the fading yellow lines
An epitaph for the white man's broken dreams
And nothing measures up to what was lost
No one alive can grasp or tell the cost
And this girl is not the child she seems

I hear her screaming in the wind...aaahhh...Wendigo!
I feel the night come closing in...aaahhh...Wendigo!

Girl, I want to fall in love so bad
Reclaim the feelings I once had
Chase down the phantoms of my youth
And if there's anything that we can do
I only hope this time it will be true
Cos nothing else can stand beside the truth
The autumn moon is shining bright and clear
Some voice is ringing in my ear
Maybe it's an angel, I don't know
If I am dreaming let it just go on
Like a never-ending siren song
Like a wave out of the long ago

I hear her crying in the wind...aaahhh...Wendigo!
I feel the night come closing in...aaahhh...Wendigo!

I want to find the love that still is left
After all the violence and the theft
After all the lies and crazy deeds
After the black robes and the shame
The sacrifice of honour, pride and name
The prison of desires, wants and needs
I can drive all night, I'm a patient man
I can wait for the dawn, I can sit or stand
But I won't lie down until it's done
Not until we're living free of sin
Innocent as snowflakes in the wind
Like two wildflowers in the sun

I hear her crying in the wind...aaahhh...Wendigo!
I feel the night come closing in...aaahhh...Wendigo!

I was born upon this land, you see
And it will always be a part of me
And it will always live there in my blood
No government can take this love away
No matter what the price or what they say
Not by the iron hand or the velvet glove
And darling, I have seen your eyes before
Like the falling sky on the Arctic shore
Rolling like a river, deep and strong
And I will drive until it all comes down
Till the lightning falls on a broken crown
And we finally right this grievous wrong

I hear her screaming in the wind...aaahhh...Wendigo!
I feel the night come closing in...aaahhh...Wendigo!

I'm in a car with some girl I don't know
Bob Dylan's on the radio
Singin' "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
It's not the shadowed hollows of her face
It's just a vision time cannot erase
And this girl is not a child, you see

I hear her crying in the wind...aaahhh...Wendigo!
I feel the night come closing in...aaahhh...Wendigo!

Copyright © 1994 George Coventry
Words and Music by George Coventry


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Subject: Lyr Add: WENDIGO (from Dwain Story)
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 May 03 - 04:35 PM

WENDIGO
As sung by Dwain Story
(Slightly different from Jim Post's version)

My home's way up to the north, they say,
Where the hunter may die all alone.
Red men have told of a legend so old
Of the death whose sound is a moan.

CHORUS: I fly where the forest meets the sky.
I race the northern winds where I go.
My feet are on fire as I run and I cry.
My name is Wendigo.

Where I walk are the prints of my feet.
They burn through the ice and the snow,
And the hunter who sees looks above in the trees.
It's the mark of the Wendigo. CHORUS

White lakes and trees in the cold moonlight,
A sound so lonesome and low,
Is it the wind or a cry in the night?
Wendigo, Wendigo. CHORUS

Following lines added. --JoeClone, 29-Jun-04.

Click here for website: http://www.risingstarmusic.com/dwainstory/index.html

Or click to play: http://www.risingstarmusic.com/dwainstory/freemp3s/wendigo.mp3


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 28 May 03 - 07:05 PM

There are a couple of details I haven't seen mentioned so far. A Wendigo's feet are on backwards, so be careful not to follow the trail the wrong way. Also, they weep blood and eat moss from the trees when nothing else is available.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 28 May 03 - 10:17 PM

Scary. But not as scary as De Forrest Kelly in a pink tutu.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,William Shatner
Date: 29 May 03 - 04:19 PM

There are very few things as scary as De in a pink tutu.

Bill


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Cluin
Date: 30 May 03 - 01:28 AM

Yeah, right.... We really know why you called him "Bones".


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Watson
Date: 30 May 03 - 06:06 AM

My favourite Wendigo.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 26 Jun 04 - 05:09 PM

Poking through my files, I was reminded that Teddy Rooseveldt had something to say about the Wendigo. I lost the original link, so I'll leave this up for a month or so for any one who's interested.
Look here.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Mudlark
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 12:17 AM

Mack...whoa, what a story! Made me think of a certain lake my husband and I came upon, about 7K ft up in the Marble Mountains. We'd been backpacking, camping and fishing the numerous small lakes for several days, in beautiful and serene surroundings. But this lake was different, we felt it the moment we started down the steep hillsides to get to it. It was a warm, sunny day and this lake was as pretty and pristine as the rest, but the sensation was one of being watched with malevolent intent.   We brushed away the uncanny sense of unease we both felt, split up at the lake as we usually did, each of us taking a different spot, out of sight of one another. I stood it for as long as I could but the feeling of impending disaster was simply too great and I finally, feeling foolish, gave in to it, shouldered my rod and started back to get my husband...met him half way...he'd had the exact same feeling and started back at the same time I did. We hiked up that hillside pretty briskly, didn't draw an easy breath until we were back on the upper trail. As we came over the lip of the natural bowl that held the lake, the dark feeling left us immediately...it was like walking out of icy water.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Cheap Tracks
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 12:38 AM

In Northern Minnesota there is a lake, Cass Lake. There is an island in that lake called Star Island. On that island there is a lake - Lake Windigo. It is the only lake within a lake in the northern hemisphere (so I've read).

My daughter attends a camp which is located on Star Island - I actually went there too, about 25 years ago.

http://www.casslakelodge.com/casslake.html

The campers speak of the "Windigo Monster" which supposedly lives in the lake.    I don't think it is related to the Windigo this thread refers to ...

fwiw


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Puffenkinty
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 02:09 PM

Algernon Blackwood's story "The Wendigo" is indeed a classic.
Read it and you'll never look at the north woods without the words,
"Oh! My feet of fire....my burning feet of fire" echoing in your brain. To make the whole of the outdoors completely scary, he also
wrote "The Man Whom the Trees Loved" and "The Willows."
Seems old Algernon wanted folks to stay inside.

Are there any legends, songs about a desert spirit like the
Wendigo?


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: mack/misophist
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 09:36 PM

Try Kornhoer on Navajo myths. Especially skinwalkers and chindi. As far as I know, though, there's nothing quite like the wendigo; perhaps because you can see things coming in the desert. Mostly.


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 10:43 PM

I haven't found the Blackwood story, but here's my favorite.

Two hunters, white men, were in the woods, randomly slaughtering animals. Night came, and they made camp. After some time, they went to sleep, but one of them, who hadn't killed as much as the other, couldn't sleep soundly. Shortly after midnight he awakened to hear his buddy screaming...and he saw his friend running through the snow, his feet barely touching the ground, as if something was holding him up just high enough so that he had to run, run faster and faster and faster.

The second man leapt to his feet and followed the footsteps of his friend, whose footsteps were becoming less and less frequent but whose screams where growing more and more despairing -- and higher and higher above the ground. Finally, the footprints disappeared altogether.

The second hunter (if you can call him that) stopped and looked up. A speck was hurtling to earth, and yes, it was the body of his friend -- whose feet and legs were burnt off to the knees. He was, of course, quite dead, with a look of such horror on his face that the friend ran all the way back to town, never stopping until he slammed full tilt into the church.

Those who knew the woods collected the dead man and the hunters' gear. The second man spent the rest of his short life in the madhouse, staring at the sky.



Now, if there were only two of them and one was dead and the other mad, how do they know what happened? Perhaps I'm too rational....)


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Subject: RE: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 27 Jun 04 - 10:50 PM

Websites come and go when they're run by amateurs; three years on, the link I provided is dead. Here is a new one. Obviously I can't guarantee that it will last.

Algernon Blackwood: The Wendigo


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Mark Mastrogiovanni
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 08:38 AM

Yeah I have it on his album Back on the Steet Again but it's spelled Windego not Windigo. I watched him in concert at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL maybe 30 yrs ago and he sang it then


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 06:33 PM

The Wendigo,
The Wendigo!
Its eyes are ice and indigo!
Its blood is rank and yellowish!
Its voice is hoarse and bellowish!
Its tentacles are slithery,
And scummy,
Slimy,
Leathery!
Its lips are hungry blubbery,
And smacky,
sucky,
rubbery!
The Wendigo,
The Wendigo!
I saw it just a friend ago!
Last night it lurked in Canada;
Tonight, on your veranada!
As you are lolling hammockwise,
It contemplates you stomachwise.
You loll,
It contemplates,
It lollops.
The rest is merely gulps and gollops.

-- Ogden Nash


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Dwayne Story?
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 12:43 PM

I learned the Wendigo from Rick Curtis in Fort Wayne,IN;he always said it was by Dwayne Story,but I never knew who it was. Fantastic song the way Rick did it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Sunshine
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 03:29 AM

Has anyone got a current link to a recording of this song? Have had the lyrics for decades. taped it off of a radio show, but can't find the recording, and don't remember all of the melody. Would love to learn it again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Sunshine
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 03:51 AM

Or even the correct chords would help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Lighter
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 10:00 AM

FWIW, back in 1961 NBC ran a summer-replacement TV series called "Great Ghost Tales," which dramatized about a dozen famous scary classics, not all of them about ghosts.

A million American kids, including yours truly, were traumatized by "The Wendigo."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: pdq
Date: 16 Oct 11 - 11:46 AM

On Mary McCaslin's earliest recording in the 60s she spells it Windigo. On "Old Friends" it is spelled Wendigo.

Jim Post spells it Windego on his album "Back On The Street Again" from 1977.

The CD version of "Back On The Street Again" can be purchased directly from Mr. Post at this website...

                                                                http://jimtwain.dot5hosting.com/store/page2.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 09:25 AM

Wikipedia has an interesting article about the Wendigo and its place in Algonquin mythology.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?Wendago
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 22 Oct 11 - 11:09 AM

This is also a legend from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan;I think part of Isle Royale is called Wendigo> Learned the song about 1963 from Rick Curtis.He did a much earthier,eery version;not as elegant as Mr. Post who added pretty and changed the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: Tigger the Tiger
Date: 24 Oct 11 - 07:45 AM

I suppose someone has answered this by now. The Wendago is also a legend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan(check map).Marquette got 253 inches of snow one winter a few years back. Some people think the stories relate not just to the winters,but the forests themselves. We still had uncut forest when I was a child,with few roads. Opinion holds that this really related to cannibalism,which did exist during the worst seasons. Rick Curtis did a much more forceful,eery version of the song;this did not have the vocal demonstration at the end and was not as "pretty".He did always say he learned it from Dwain Story.


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Subject: Strokebrain process of finding a memory
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Apr 12 - 10:47 AM

... Great Wendigo story in audiobook (free PD) at Libriviox... title.... gotta think..... I proofed it..... have to check folders....
Duh! (Strokebrain process of finding a memory) ???? THE WENDIGO?

Here 'tis:

http://librivox.org/the-wendigo-by-algernon-blackwood/

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Denise Jordan Finley
Date: 04 Jan 13 - 08:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWWm6NVrdI


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,3indarby
Date: 01 Dec 13 - 06:48 PM

My daughter learned this version.... On acoustic guitar...
WindyGo

My home way up in the north they say
Where hunters may die all alone
Red man has told of the legends so old
of death, whose sound is a moan

(chorus)
I fly where the forest meets the sky
I chase the northern winds as I go
My feet are on fire, I run and I cry
And my name it is WindyGo

White flakes and the trees in the cold moonlight
It's a sound so lonesome and low
Is it a cry or the wind in the night
WindyGo, WindyGo

(chorus)

Wherever I go the prints of my feet
Burn through ice and through snow
The hunter who sees looks above in the trees
Its the mark, of the Windy Go

(chorus)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: GUEST,Jim Post
Date: 25 Jan 16 - 05:59 PM

I recorded Windigo years ago, thanks for reminding of it. Jim Post.
e-mail jimpostmusic.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: maeve
Date: 25 Jan 16 - 06:02 PM

Welcome to Mudcat, Jim Post. It's good to see you here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Windigo? Wendigo?
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Jan 16 - 07:15 PM

Is this a good thread to mention the film "Ravenous" with Robert Carlyle? The actor says it's one of his very favorite performances.


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