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Lyr Req: Pueblo Girl (Burl Ives)

GUEST,Bob Coltman 05 Jun 10 - 08:08 AM
Deckman 05 Jun 10 - 08:23 AM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 05 Jun 10 - 03:47 PM
Deckman 05 Jun 10 - 03:49 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 05 Jun 10 - 04:58 PM
Deckman 05 Jun 10 - 05:17 PM
John Minear 05 Jun 10 - 05:35 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 05 Jun 10 - 05:44 PM
Jim Dixon 10 Jun 10 - 09:59 AM
Charley Noble 10 Jun 10 - 10:10 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 08:08 AM

I'm trying to chase down a stray memory of a song recorded by Burl Ives in the early 1950s, most likely on one of his four or five earliest LPs.

It was very short—only a single verse. Not traditional. About an Indian (Native American) girl. All I can remember of it is:

...
Lips of a choke-cherry hue,
...
I'm comin' back to you,
I'm comin' back to you.

Ring any bells, anyone? Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 08:23 AM

Bob ... I don't recall it and I've got a pretty strong background in Ives. But I'll pass this note on to a couple of singers that might remember it. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Pueblo Girl
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 03:47 PM

A little more of my stray memory came back. The song is "Pueblo Girl." Its tune was unusual in that each line's melody was roughly identical. Here's what I now remember:

PUEBLO GIRL

In Pueblo city there lived a girl,
...
Her eyes were bright as a ... [not remembered]
And her hair was a ... [not remembered]
...
...
Oh wait for me, Pueblo girl,
I'm a-comin' back to you,
I'm a-comin' back to you.

I'd like to know the three missing lines, and complete the other lines, which together I believe make up the whole song.

Also I'd love to know who wrote it and when ('m guessing late 1940s). I'm pretty sure it was not on Columbia, but was sung by Ives on one of his earliest Decca LPs / 45 rpm sets.

Thanks, Deckman, for your response. Hoping this will help track it down.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 03:49 PM

I heard from some friends of mine and so far ... they are striking out. bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 04:58 PM

I was wrong on one thing: Ives first recorded the song, not for Decca, but for Columbia. Here's what I've gleaned from discographic refs on the net:

"Pueblo Girl" was probably first released on 78 rpm in the late 1940s. It first appeared on LP on the album "More Folksongs," Columbia CL-6144, released in 1950. It was later re-released on the LP Ballads (T-302) and on COL RTR-0323-4, also on the budget label Harmony (HAR11275), and another version was done on United Artists LP UAL-3060, 1959.

It is currently available in Britain on a CD compilation, Burl Ives: Troubadour, Original Recordings 1941-50. See

http://www.naxosdirect.co.uk/IVES-Burl-Troubador-1941-1950/title/8120728/

On it Ives is accompanied by Toots Mondello on flute. The whole song is only 1:16 in length. It is listed as traditional, but there's little chance that's true — the song is pretty evidently a pop effort.

No luck in coming up with lyrics though.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: Deckman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 05:17 PM

Doesn't that drive you NUTZ when you get a half of a song stuck in your head! bob


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Subject: Lyr Add: PUEBLO GIRL (Burl Ives)
From: John Minear
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 05:35 PM

Bob, "Pueblo Girl" was was written by Burl Ives (words & music), and copyrighted in 1950 and 1958 by Leeds Music Corporation, N.Y. Here are the lyrics as they were published in "At Home With burl Ives, Vol. 3".

In Pueblo City there lived a maid
And her hair was a hillside brown;
She was tall and straight like the aspen tree
And her voice had a music sound.

Her eyes like the ripples in the water shone
And her lips were a choke cherry hue;
Oh, wait for me, PUEBLO GIRL,
I'm coming back to you.

I have this on a Sony re-issue of "The Wayfaring Stranger", COL CD 6474, Sony A-31478. Here is a snippet (#28):

http://www.amazon.com/Wayfaring-Stranger-Burl-Ives/dp/samples/B0000507YT/ref=dp_tracks_all_1#disc_1


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 05:44 PM

Many thanks, John. Great find!

Surprising and interesting to see that Ives himself is listed as composer. I'm not used to thinking of him being a songwriter. Makes me wonder which other mystery songs he may have written — "Baby Did You Hear" / "St. John's River," for instance.

It's a lovely song, very atmospheric and memorable — despite my having forgotten over half of it. Truth to tell, I hadn't thought of the song in maybe 30 years, when last night I found bits of it floating in my head.

Again, thanks; great to see this obscurity back in view.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 09:59 AM

According to the Online 78-rpm Discography Project, Burl Ives' record Columbia 38936 consisted of BABY, DID YOU HEAR/PUEBLO GIRL b/w OLD BLUE/BALLANDERIE, recorded in February 1950.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'choke-cherry hue' (Ives)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 10 Jun 10 - 10:10 AM

Nice work!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pueblo Girl (Burl Ives)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jan 11 - 09:02 PM

the actually words to the begging instead of maid is girl and instead of hillside is flower thanks


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