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Lyr Req: Corby Swanson? / Devil Take the Farmer

fi_in_nz 03 Oct 11 - 07:11 AM
fi_in_nz 03 Oct 11 - 07:48 PM
Richie 03 Oct 11 - 08:01 PM
Midchuck 03 Oct 11 - 09:46 PM
Melissa 03 Oct 11 - 11:48 PM
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fi_in_nz 04 Oct 11 - 04:12 AM
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Jim Dixon 06 Oct 11 - 08:43 AM
GUEST,Fred "Beetle" Bailey 07 Oct 11 - 12:00 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: fi_in_nz
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 07:11 AM

Hi there - I'm looking for the lyrics to a song which begins "I am Corby Swanson (Swarson) and this is Swanson land". I've found it on a compilaton my husband made in 1990 but I don't know when it was recorded or who by.... anyone any ideas? Or if you know of a good bluegrass forum I can try, do let me know. Cheers Fiona


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: fi_in_nz
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 07:48 PM

Anyone? This is def an American song so maybe I'll get someone knowing it at this time of night/day ;-) F


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: Richie
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 08:01 PM

Hi,

If you have the music try putting more of the lyrics- it would make it easier to find, Corby and Swanson could both be wrong

Richie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 09:46 PM

The title is "Devil, Take the Farmer."

I have a performance of it by Dry Branch Fire Squad on a Rounder sampler CD called "Bluegrass Class of 1990." (which I have, obviously, had for quite a while).

The author is given as Dave Gordon, who is not someone I'm familiar with. The notes say the song was originally recorded by DBFS on an album of theirs entitled "Fertile Ground."

"Corby Swanson" sounds correct to me, unless it's "Corvy."

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: Melissa
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 11:48 PM

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Devil_Take_the_Farmer.htm


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: Melissa
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 11:50 PM

some of the words in that un-blicked link do not match my ears..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: fi_in_nz
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 04:12 AM

Great, thanks. Yeah, some of the words aren't quite the same as on the Class of 1990 CD - that's where I picked it up too.... thanks for the link, saves me having to listen hard to get it down ;-)

Here it is in a blue clicky ;-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson - bluegrass
From: Melissa
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 09:53 PM

That's the cd I compared to..some of the words ARE kind of murky!


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Subject: Lyr Add: DEVIL TAKE THE FARMER (Dave Gordon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 08:43 AM

DEVIL TAKE THE FARMER is in the DT, but it is strangely formatted. This transcription may be clearer. I have checked it against a recording on Spotify, and changed a word here and there to agree with the recording.


DEVIL TAKE THE FARMER
Words and music by Dave Gordon
As sung by the Dry Branch Fire Squad on "Fertile Ground" (1989)

1. I am Corvy Swanson an' these are Swanson lands,
For pert' near a hundred and fifty years worked by Swanson hands.
Now the land boys want to buy me and I'd rather I was dead,
But hi-ho the dairy-o, the farmer's in the red.

2. When Nora Mae was livin', Lord, weren't we livin' high,
[With] sausage, steak, an' bacon; puddin', cake, an' pie?
Now when I've got a cow down, the vet knows I can't pay.
I don't even have enough to put my bones away.

CHORUS: And the weather takes its toll, and the years take your life.
The city takes the children, and the fever takes a wife.
The dry wind takes the wheat, and the bills take the beans,
And the devil take the farmer in the land of the big machines.

3. They don't know good from bad land. They don't know corn from weeds.
They don't want the houses. They only want the deeds.
They use it as a tax dodge. They use it as a shield.
With half the stuff they hand me, I could fertilize a field. CHORUS

4. [They] don't care whose home they're takin', don't care whose land they grab.
They sit out in the boilin' sun in an air-conditioned cab.
They got a button sayin' "Harvest," another sayin' "Seed."
The third one just says "Money" and it pours in while they sleep. CHORUS

5. The farmer stands alone. The farmer stands alone.
I ain't even got enough to bury my own bones.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson? / Devil Take the Farmer
From: GUEST,Fred "Beetle" Bailey
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 12:00 AM

The late Dave Gordon resided somewhere around the Dayton, Ohio area and wrote some magnificant songs.
Don't know much more, but he's certainly worth ferreting out. The last I heard his widow still had some recordings to sell.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson? / Devil Take the Farmer
From: GUEST,Fred "Beetle" Bailey
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 12:12 AM

BINGO! Search Mudcat for Dave and Kay Goron


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Corby Swanson? / Devil Take the Farmer
From: GUEST,Fred "Beetle" Bailey
Date: 07 Oct 11 - 12:14 AM

But then on the other hand, "Gordon" will probably work better unless you're a real goron.


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