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Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?

SCHACHTC@LIBCOOP.NET 12 Aug 99 - 05:01 PM
jacqui.c 11 Nov 13 - 11:25 AM
GUEST 11 Nov 13 - 04:16 PM
Elmore 11 Nov 13 - 07:03 PM
Joe Offer 12 Nov 13 - 02:55 AM
Elmore 12 Nov 13 - 12:14 PM
Anglo 12 Nov 13 - 11:20 PM
Elmore 13 Nov 13 - 08:39 AM
KathWestra 13 Nov 13 - 09:49 PM
GUEST 12 Aug 16 - 09:22 AM
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Subject: WHERE IN THE WORLD... Author?
From: SCHACHTC@LIBCOOP.NET
Date: 12 Aug 99 - 05:01 PM

Anyone know where a song called WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE THE OLD SONGS GONE? came from? I learned it from a friend 25 years ago and like it a lot but have never met anyone else who's recognized it. I think maybe it's east coast. Is it on any recordings that I don't know about? Help please...


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Subject: ADD: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone?
From: jacqui.c
Date: 11 Nov 13 - 11:25 AM

Kendall wants me to learn this one so I got the words from Ed Trickett's CD 'Echo On The Evening Tide' and thought I might as well put them on the Mudcat as they don't seem to be available anywhere that I have looked.

WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE THE OLD SONGS GONE
(Words & music by David Hanni)

Where in the world have the old songs gone that sang our youth to sleep
Where the songs we used to sing our souls safely to keep
Sing a new song to the Lord, the old songs are forgotten, are forgotten
Sing the breaking if the sword, moonchild misbegotten,
Sing the darkness into light
Sing till blindness yields to sight, yields to sight

Where in the world have the old songs gone, that sang the harvest full
Where the songs the ploughman knew, to make mighty oxen pull
Sing a new song to the Lord of wind and laughing water, laughing water
Sing to sleep the hate torn horde, though the lamb still goes to slaughter
Sing that death is overthrown and the seed of mercy sown, sing it sown

Where in the world have the old songs gone the old man and his lyre
And where the songs that gathered warm around the winter fire
Sing a new song to the Lord, the old songs are forgotten, are forgotten
Sing the breaking of the sword, moonchild misbegotten,
Sing the darkness into light
Sing till blindness yields to sight, yields to sight

Where in the world have the old songs gone the songs of ancient yearning
Where the songs we used to sing, they were our only learning.


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Subject: RE: WHERE IN THE WORLD... Author?
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 13 - 04:16 PM

Jacqui and will be performing this one. Amos, get the tissues out.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: Elmore
Date: 11 Nov 13 - 07:03 PM

First heard this song recorded by the late, great, underrated Margaret MacArthur on her 1975 album of the same name on Philo Records.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Nov 13 - 02:55 AM

What a great song! Anybody know anything about Songwriter David Hanni, and when this song was written? It had to be before 1975, since Margaret MacArthur recorded it then. I wonder if Rounder/Philo still has her album available. That's not clear from their Website. I have the Ed Trickett recording of this song, and I really like it. I was going to say that it sure would be nice to have the Margaret MacArthur recording...but I see that I DO have it. I bought it in 2011 from emusic.com, but it's no longer available there. It's a lovely recording.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: Elmore
Date: 12 Nov 13 - 12:14 PM

There are tapes and used vinyl copies of this album available on Amazon, but not from Margaret's website. As for David Hanni, I have nothing. Perhaps one of the MacArthur Family would have some information, or even Ed Trickett. I knew Margaret well enough to have contacted her in this regard, but that's no help now.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: Anglo
Date: 12 Nov 13 - 11:20 PM

David Hanni was a minister in Dover, VT, and as might be obvious a friend of Margaret and an amateur singer. I don't think I ever met him, just knew of him from talking to Margaret.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: Elmore
Date: 13 Nov 13 - 08:39 AM

Thanks, Anglo. He certainly wrote at least one excellent song.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: KathWestra
Date: 13 Nov 13 - 09:49 PM

I've been singing this song for many years, and learned it directly from Margaret MacArthur in 1974. She said she learned it directly from the author, David Hanni. It's one of the "comfort songs" that I sing to and for myself in times of trouble and turmoil. Not surprised, John, to hear that David Hanni was a minister. This is a song that speaks eloquently to our shared journey.


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Subject: RE: Where in the World Have the Old Songs Gone-Author?
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Aug 16 - 09:22 AM

Yes, that Philo recording is lovely. I had the great pleasure of listening when it was recorded. I treasured Margaret's music since then. She must have known thousands of music lovers but always remembered me when I saw her sporadically, at preformances!


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