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Lyr Req: Take Away the Pain (H Pitt Kinsolving)

Charlie Baum 27 Apr 97 - 01:39 AM
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Subject: Lyrics-'Take Away the Pain' ?
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 27 Apr 97 - 01:39 AM

Lisa Null sang me one verse and the refrain (all she can remember) of a beautiful song called "Take Away the Pain", which she learned from H. Pitt Kinsolving in Connecticut some 20 years ago. Does anyone else know or remember this song?

The refrain:
Take away the pain, o lord.
Take away the pain.
I wish I was a baby again,
O Take away the pain.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 08 Mar 98 - 11:38 PM

With all the new people who have discovered Mudcat in the past year or so, it's time for me to revive this search request.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 12:41 AM

Time to repost this request--what with all the wonderful people who have found Mudcat since the last time I posted it. And I still haven't found the song!

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-
From: Night Owl
Date: 21 Apr 99 - 03:14 AM

Charlie...if you do ever find the words, it sounds like it maybe should go to the "Songs for Colorado" thread!


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 19 Oct 99 - 10:52 AM

Since Pitt Kinsolving has come up in another thread, it's time for me to renew this request.

--Charlie Baum


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-Take Away the Pain
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 06:09 PM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyrics-'Take Away the Pain' ?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Mar 02 - 10:58 PM

Charlie: I'm impressed with your persistence!

Pitt Kinsolving is mentioned 13 times at www.songmakers.org. (Click here for Google's list of specific pages.) He has even served on the board of directors of that organization.

He is also president of the board of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival.

He is also a member of the Hollywood Sapphire Group ("a social organization … all of its members are associated with the sound recording industry or its allied fields").

It seems to me you would have a good chance of contacting him through one of those organizations.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Away the Pain (H Pitt Kinsolving)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 01:09 AM

I just wrote to the topanga link. I'll let ya know if I hear back.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Away the Pain (H Pitt Kinsolving)
From: GUEST,KBescherer
Date: 17 Apr 11 - 03:10 PM

Hey there...
Pitt Kinsolving was my first guitar teacher in CT. I was hunting around trying to find a way to reach out to him and came across your posts from way back when you were looking for him too.
I am wondering if there's a way for you to point me in his direction, assuming you had luck in finding him.
Appreciate it,
KB


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Subject: Lyr Add: TAKE AWAY THE PAIN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 12:12 PM

Surely not the song that was looked for, but interesting. This has a rock beat, and a simple but oddly infecting tune. Reminds me of The Jayhawks and Buffalo Springfield. You can hear or download their music here.


TAKE AWAY THE PAIN
Mark Pagano
As sung by Fire Dog on "Your Heart Is a Muscle" (2009)

You could take away the pain,
But it wouldn't be the same.
You could make the wild tame,
Say that life is just a game.
You could take away the pain.

You could try to crack the code,
But still you will grow old.
Same old story that's been told,
It's either bought or it is sold.
You could try to crack the code.

Firing imagination, galaxies await.
The spider web of fascination, it's the coming of an age.

You could take away the pain,
But it wouldn't mean a thing.
You could recognize your shame,
Go back to from where you came.
You could take away the pain.

Firing imagination, galaxies await.
The spider web of fascination, it's the coming of an age

You could take away the pain,
But it wouldn't mean a thing.
You could make the wild tame,
Go back to from where you came,
You could take away the pain.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Away the Pain (H Pitt Kinsolving)
From: Sourdough
Date: 13 Feb 12 - 11:25 PM

I knew Pitt Kinsolving back in Connecticut, too, and I still sing some songs I learned from him. He used to hang out at La Gallette, a coffee house in New HAven. I'd like to get back in touch with him.
Sourdough


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Take Away the Pain (H Pitt Kinsolving)
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 06 Apr 16 - 01:39 AM

Pitt Kinsolving passed away this past weekend, but thanks to Lisa Null's correspondence with him, I managed to acquire the words I have been looking for so long before he departed this mortal coil, and also the background of the song from the accompanying letter:

[Pitt] was so glad to hear from you! We'll give him time to think of what he wants to say back to you, but he did want you to know the story of the song you asked about: In the late 1950's, a woman folksinger (she managed a playhouse- Houston House?) said she was the first to hear a song written directly from the writer, a prostitute that she knew. Pitt was the third person to hear it and he doesn't know if it ever got out to others. He doesn't know the name of the writer, but he would like to see the song get shared and he hopes that the writer will get full credit, and any possible royalties, if she is still alive, unlike Libba Cotton with Freight Train. Pitt sang it to me without printed lyrics and he broke up at times because he was identifying with the pain and power of the song, as well as being reminded of sharing it with you and others back in his time in the Northeast.

Here are the lyrics, and he hopes to be able to send you the music, a little later


Take Away the Pain
>
> Chorus:
> Take away the pain, oh Lord,
> Take away the pain
> I wish I was a baby again
> Take away the pain
>
> I called for my mother, Lord,
> My mother never came
> If I am a failure, Lord
> My mother is to blame
>
> I called for my father, Lord,
> Policeman came instead
> Policeman said stop crying girl,
> I shot your pappy dead
>
> I' going to buy a bottle, Lord,
> Gonna hold it to my eye
> Gonna send it to that man I loved
> Just to show him how a slut can cry
>
> I wish I was a baby again,
> I wish I was a child
> I wouldn't have no man hanging 'round
> Driving this poor girl wild
>


--submitted by Charlie Baum, answering his long-ago question after almost 19 years


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