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Lyr Add: Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe)

Peter T. 08 Nov 99 - 04:16 PM
raredance 08 Nov 99 - 07:57 PM
Peter T. 09 Nov 99 - 03:13 PM
raredance 09 Nov 99 - 11:51 PM
Martin Ryan 10 Nov 99 - 04:02 AM
Peter T. 10 Nov 99 - 09:23 AM
GUEST,Don Dilworth 26 Apr 16 - 02:12 PM
Cattia 12 Sep 20 - 09:42 AM
Peter T. 13 Sep 20 - 02:53 PM
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Subject: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: Peter T.
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 04:16 PM

This lunatic's ballad doesn't seem to be in the DT -- from Joan Baez' album, JOAN, arranged sickeningly by Peter Schickele, of all people (I suppose jealousy with the success of Judy Collins and Joshua Rifkin). There appear to be other versions, this one originally arranged by someone called Don Dilworth (?). Any information about who first set this to music, etc., would be personally appreciated (learning to play it, you see). yours, Peter T.

Edgar Allan Poe

1. It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

2. For I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love
--I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

3. And that is the reason why, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
That A wind blew out of the North,
chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

4. The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me
Yes, that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea) --
That the wind came out of the North,
Killing my Annabel Lee.

5. But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
-- Of many far wiser than we --
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

6. For the moon never beams
Without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And ths stars never rise
But I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide
I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: raredance
Date: 08 Nov 99 - 07:57 PM

Another version was recorded by The Three D's, a trio out of Utah in the 60's. The album is Capitol T2171. I don't know the exact issue date. I heard them when I was in college in Illinois which would put it in the 65-67 time frame. I acquired the album after I heard them. The chronology in the Kingston Trio Capital years 4CD set lists their "Folk Era" 3 record set on Capitol as TCL 2180, released on Nov. 2, 1964. That would indicate that the Three D's release was in the summer or fall of 1964. The Baez "Joan" album was released in 1967, three years later. So the Three D's version would seem to be the earliest of these two. Are there other earlier versions? Dick Davis and Duane Hiatt, two members of the group, take credit for the music on the album. I will have to listen to it to determine if they made any lyric changes.

rich r

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Nov 99 - 03:13 PM

I discovered a Don Dilworth on the Net, sent him off an e-mail inquiring as to whether he was the composer of the Joan Baez version. This is his reply:

Dear Peter,

I am the guilty party!

As a student at MIT in the 50's I visited the "Club 47" coffee house in Harvard Square regularly, and discovered that if I brought my guitar and played a set they would let me in without paying the cover charge! Being a poor student I thought this a great treat. So I found myself warming up backstage next to JB on many occasions. She liked my classical guitar solos, and even invited me to play the processional at their home in Belmont when her sister Mimi (as I recall) got married.

One thing led to another, and when she got discovered by Manny Greenhill andleft our simple life for the bigtime, I gave her an envelope with the song in it. I have not personally heard anyone else's rendition, so I can't compare the arrangements. The book has some changes, mostly for the better. But when others rearrange your work, that is a sincere form of flattery -- and real folk music gets rearranged every generation. That's what makes it so good. I'd be proud to know that somewhere, someone was inventing marvelous new things to do with my humble song. Of couse, some royalties would be nice ....

In case you're interested, check out my homepage at There's some info about my latest opera, and some MP3 excerpts from the music. I've gone big-time too -- but without getting paid, so far.

yours, Don Dilworth.

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: raredance
Date: 09 Nov 99 - 11:51 PM

Good detective work, Pete, and a fascinating story. Now the question is, did Dick & Duane encounter Don's version at any time and if so where? That might depend on whether Joan was singing it in concerts long before she recorded it. Or could be that Poe's poetry is so musical it was only natural for several people to create tunes for it.

rich r

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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 10 Nov 99 - 04:02 AM

I remember about twenty five years ago, I was having lunch in a local pub (in Ireland). The music on the PA was droning away in the background. Eventually it seeped into my consciousness that the words were familiar. "Annabel Lee" in a vaguely country arrangement. Bizarre!


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: Annabel Lee
From: Peter T.
Date: 10 Nov 99 - 09:23 AM

She must have been singing it before she recorded it, as it appears in her Songbook, which was published some years before the album appeared. yours, Peter T.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe)
From: GUEST,Don Dilworth
Date: 26 Apr 16 - 02:12 PM

It's great to see references to my humble song, even after many years. I want to correct the link to my website, however, which has changed. It is now at There you will find synth versions of excerpts from my five operas.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe)
From: Cattia
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 09:42 AM

Here is my research on melodies combined with Annabel Lee
Harry Belafonte - Joan Baez - Claudio Baglioni - John Aler- The Darkeyed Musician
Burl Ives - Sarah Jarosz - Stevie Nicks - Fiddler's Green -Alice castle
Mebo Renard - Joey Hatch - Emma Buckle - Monica & Sara Gill - Daniel Rein, Gilad Hessegis, Tobias Gruben, Radio Futura, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Sweet sister pain
Among gothic-dark, steampunk: Nox Arcana, Psyche Corporation, Valentine Wolfe, Nimphaion, Lord Of The Lost

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Annabel Lee (Edgar Allan Poe)
From: Peter T.
Date: 13 Sep 20 - 02:53 PM

I cherish this -- one of the first times I ever used the Mudcat/Internet to actually contact an actual musicianly human being......still a thrill....

Peter T.

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