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Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer (1936-1992)


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Joe Offer 02 Aug 21 - 07:11 PM
DonMeixner 03 Aug 21 - 09:41 AM
Joe Offer 04 Aug 21 - 02:33 AM
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Subject: ADD: Rachel (Jim Ringer)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Aug 21 - 07:11 PM

Storm asked at the Singaround for songs by Jim Ringer. Larry Joba sang this one.

RACHEL Jim Ringer

Rachel was a girl I used to love when I was young
You should have heard the love songs that I sung
Should have heard the way we talked
Walkin' 'long the stream
Barefoot through the meadow
By the lazy San Joaquin

Rachel was a melody that I first learned to sing
A sorceress just barely in her teens
A skinny dippin' sight to see
With freckles everywhere
A queen in faded hand me downs
With wild flowers in her hair

She had a way of sayin' this was never gonna end
And good night like a lover and good morning like a friend
Rachel was a watermelon ripe and freshly stole
First girl that I ever loved, first lie that I told


Rachel laughed and Rachel Sang and Rachel held my hand
Rachel watched me grow into a man
Rachel sat and listened to me
When I told a lie
Rachel waved me out of sight
When I said goodbye

The San Joaquin still rolls along where me and Rachel strolled
But the meadows turned to parking lots and me and Rachel's old
Rachel's just a memory that I still like to hold
First girl that I ever loved, first lie that I told

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer
From: DonMeixner
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 09:41 AM

Thats a song I haven't heard in 40 years. Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin where some of the early Philo Records artists. I saw them together a few times. Mostly in Ithaca New York at Cornell Folk Club events. I have Jim's recording "Good To Get Home" and Mary McCaslin's "Way Out West". Wonderful songwriters and performers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 02:33 AM

There's a YouTube channel for Jim Ringer:

Jim Ringer had a Folk-Legacy album, Waitin' For the Hard Times to Go Folk-legacy FSI-47. It is now available from Smithsonian Folkways

Notes: This is the first recording of folk singer Jim Ringer, joined by accomplished singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Mary McCaslin, Jay Ungar, Jon Wilcox, and folk-legend Utah Philips. On Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go, Ringer plays guitar and sings a calm baritone, accompanied with vocal harmonies and fiddle. At the time of this album's recording in 1972, Ringer did not posses a steady address and had spent much of his life as a traveling laborer, working various construction jobs as he drifted through the West. As such, Ringer's gentle delivery possesses a subtle intensity and authenticity that speaks to the years of nomadism and uncertainty that preceded his time as a professional musician; as Folk-Legacy founder Sandy Paton put it, "when you’ve seen those hard times, first-hand, you just naturally learn how to sing about them".

Track Listing:
  1. Waitin' for the Hard Times to Go
  2. Paradise
  3. Every Bush and Tree
  4. Towser Jenkins
  5. I Gotta Get Drunk
  6. Granny's Song
  7. California Joe
  8. Dreary Black Hills
  9. Ground so Poor That Grass Won't Grow
  10. Old Bill Pickett
  11. Going Away
  12. The Girl I Left Behind
  13. Black Waters
  14. I Believe If I Lived My Life Again (Hymn Song)

Liner Notes (click)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer (1936-1992)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 02:51 AM

The other Jim Ringer album I know is The Band Of Jesse James / Best Of Jim Ringer, a compilation issued by Philo/Rounder in 1996
Track Listing:
  1. Streamlined Canonball 4:08
  2. Open Door At Home 2:51
  3. Good To Get Home 2:11
  4. Saginaw, Michigan 2:44
  5. Tulsa 1:50
  6. Any Old Wind 3:08
  7. Rachel 2:51
  8. Tramps And Hawkers 4:48
  9. New Harmony 3:58
  10. The Hubbardville Store 3:26
  11. The Band Of Jesse James 2:41
  12. Amanda 3:13
  13. Dusty Desert Wind 3:07
  14. Still Got That Look 2:56
  15. Linda's On Her Own 2:20
  16. Rank Strangers 3:40
  17. Strawberry Roan 2:19>a?

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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer (1936-1992)
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 08:58 PM

There is also the one that he recorded with Mary McCaslin: 'The Bramble and the Rose' Philo CD PH 1055.

1 Geronimo's Cadillac
2 The Bramble And The Rose
3 Lonesome Road
4 Stages Of My Life
5 O Death
6 Hit the road Jack
7 Copperfields
8 Mama Lou
9 I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby
10 Strawberry Roan
11 Canaan's Land
12 Rank Stranger

And this lesser-known one that you can listen to in full on Youtube: 'Endangered Species'.

1 Roseville Fair
2 Bugler
3 Wild Horses...Wild Women
4 Dusty Desert Wind
5 Still Got That Look
6 Family Tree
7 Brand New Jole Blon
8 Linda's Out There On Her Own
9 Bayou Blues
10 Whiskey And Cocaine

Endangered Species on YT


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Songs of Jim Ringer (1936-1992)
From: GUEST,Erik von K
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 06:14 PM

Looking for the lyrics/chords to Jim Ringer's "Open Door at Home."

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