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DINK'S SONG


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Subject: dinks song
From: GUEST,skye
Date: 11 May 00 - 07:59 AM

I used to have an old Pete Seeger folk song book with a song called Dinks Song (I think). Words were something like "If I had wings like Noah's dove, I'd fly across the water to the one I love, Fare thee well oh honey fare thee well". Does any one know it and where I could find it again?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Mark Clark
Date: 11 May 00 - 09:04 AM

I remember having to learn that tune for a part in a play many years ago. It seems to me I found it in "the black book," AKA The Folk Songs of North America by John Lomax. "Dink's Song" is also called "Dink's Blues" in some collections.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Easy Rider
Date: 11 May 00 - 09:44 AM

I had a LP of Burl Ives singing that song, when I was a kid. You might try an old Burl Ives songbook, in the library.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 11 May 00 - 12:02 PM

If I had listened

To what my Mama said

I'd be at home

In a feather bed

Fare thee well ...

I had me a man

He was long and tall

Moved his body

Like a cannonball

Fare thee well ...

Some of this has to have been used for "Grey Funnel Line."

Is in the OTSFM songbook (teaching book.)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 May 00 - 02:10 PM

Hi - we have the song right here in our world-famous Digital Tradition Folk Song Database - put dink's in the blue search box, or Click here.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Abby Sale
Date: 11 May 00 - 02:10 PM

Two different songs. The one you want is in the database. "Dink's Song" is in _Folk Song USA_ and both are in _Amer. Bal & F S_. Thing is, there's no original tune for either. "Blues"'s tune was never recorded, it seems. The cylander John recorded "Song" on in 1904 got broken. The well-known, beautiful tune used by everybody is as he remembered it and sang for his family.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Mark Clark
Date: 11 May 00 - 05:48 PM

Joe, I feel pretty stupid. I actually looked in the DT before posting but I searched on "dink" instead of "dink's" and missed it.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Stewie
Date: 11 May 00 - 07:15 PM

Rambling Jack Elliott recorded it and it is reissued on 'Ramblin' Jack: The Legendary Topic Masters'. However, he turned it into a man's song and sang only the first 4 verses of the version given in the DT (1, 4, 2, 3 in that order). Given that his protagonist was male, he had to omit the 'apron' verses.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 May 00 - 07:40 PM

Words with unusual endings can cause database search problems, Mark. Best to use an asterisk for a "wild card" and search for dink*
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD: Dink's Blues ^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 May 00 - 09:43 PM

DINK'S BLUES

Some folks say dat de worry blues ain't bad,
It's de wors' ol' feelin' I ever had.

Git you two three men, so one won't worry you min';
Don' they keep you worried and bothered all de time?

I wish to God eas'-boun' train would wreck,
Kill de engineer, break de fireman's neck.

I'm gwine to de river, set down on de groun',
Ef de blues overtake me, I'll jump overboard and drown.

Ef trouble was money, I'd be a millioneer,
Ef trouble was money, I'd be a millioneer.

My chuck grindin' every hole but mine,
My chuck grindin' every hole but mine.

Come de big Kate Adam wid headlight turn down de stream
An' her sidewheel knockin', "Great-God-I-been-redeemed"

Ef I feels tomorrow like I feels today,
Stan' right here an' look ten-thousand miles away.

My mother tol' me when I was a chil',
'Bout de mens an' whisky would kill me after while.

Ef I gets drunk, wonder who's gwine carry me home,
Ef I gets drunk, wonder who's gwine carry me home.

I used to love you, but, oh, God damn you, now,
I used to love you, but, oh, God damn you, now.

De worry blues am' nothin' but de heart disease,
De worry blues am' nothin' but de heart disease.

Jes' as soon as de freight train make up in de yard,
Some poor woman got an achin' heart.

Tol' my mother not to weep an' mo'n—
I do de bes' I can, kase Ise a woman grown.

I flag de train an' it keep on easin' by,
I fold my arms, I hang my head an' cry.


When my heart struck sorrow, de tears come rollin' down
When my heart struck sorrow, tears come rollin' down.

Worry now an' I won' be worry long,
Take a married woman to sing de worry song.

Ef I leave here walkin', it's chances I might ride,
Ef I leave here walkin', it's chances I might ride.


A levee was being built along the Brazos River in Texas. The contractor had brought his mules and his mule-skinners with him from the Mississippi River. But he had neglected to provide one thing— women; and the men were raising Hell all over the bottom, with midnight creeping, their fighting, and their razor play. It was as distinct hindrance to the progress of work on the levee. So it was the contractor went to Memphis, hired a boatload of women, brought them down the river to the levee-camp, and turned them It was not long before every man had a woman in his tent to wash his clothes, cook, draw water, cut firewood, and warm his bed. Dink was one of these women, and twenty-five years ago, after she had downed nearly a quart of gin, she sang these blues. The tune is lost.
(John & Alan Lomax, American Ballads and Folk Songs, 1934)

JRO ^^


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,Skye
Date: 12 May 00 - 11:29 AM

Thankyou! You have no idea how long I've been looking for those words!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 12 May 00 - 05:33 PM

Pete Seeger sings and plays this one (Wings Like Noah's Dove) on his video, "How to Play the 5-String Banjo", available among others from Homespun Tapes.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 13 May 00 - 05:10 PM

Don't recall where I learned Dink's Song, but it was from some popular 12 string player. Chord progression throughout is C, Em, Am, G. For example:

where / / = One Measure 3/4 Time

  C/Em/Am

/G /C/Em/Am
If I had wings,

/G /C/Em/Am
Like Noah's dove.

/G /C/Em/Am
I'd fly up the river,

/G /C/Em/Am/G
To the one I love.

/C /Em /Am
Fare thee well,

/G/C/Em/Am
oh honey,

/G /C/Em/Am
Fare thee well.


My memory says it was Bob Gibson. Whoever it was, they would eventually speed the song up to 6/8 time and then keep the guitar going and stretch the lyrics back to 3/4. 'Twas very powerful to my young listening ears.

Roger in Baltimore (just passin' thru)

Preformat commands <pre> (beginning) and </pre> (end) added to space chords. Does that fix it, O long-lost Roger?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 13 May 00 - 05:15 PM

Oops. It's been a while since I posted chords and lyrics. This should look better.

/ / = One Measure 3/4 Time

C/Em/Am

/G~~/C/Em/Am
If I had wings,

~~/G~~~/C/Em/Am
Like Noah's dove.

~/G~~~~/C/Em/Am
I'd fly up the river,

~~~/G~~/C/Em/Am/G
To the one I love.

/C~/Em /Am
Fare thee well,

/G/C/Em/Am
oh honey,

/G~~~~/C/Em/Am
Fare thee well.

Big Rib


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 13 May 00 - 05:16 PM

Close, just a tad off. Probably shouldn"t used tilde's.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,BJ, usta be from Baltimore
Date: 15 May 00 - 10:00 PM

I heard and loved Dink's Song, male version, on a Cisco Houston album, somewhere around 1963.

bj from Portland Town now


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 15 May 00 - 11:49 PM

Phil Cooper and Margaret Nelson have "Dink's Song" on one of their recordings. Nice version. But I tend to like everything they do.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: tradsteve
Date: 16 May 00 - 02:39 AM

Bob Dylan does a great version on "The Minnesota Hotel Tape" bootleg


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,Daniel
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 01:20 AM

Just from listening to versions here are there I sort of developed this one...

I play it real slow,

C                            F             C
If I had wings, Like Noah's dove
C          Am                      F
I'd fly up river, to the one I love
F             C      F    C         G7       C
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 12:04 PM

I first heard it on a Dave Von Ronk LP. Doug


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Jul 11 - 10:40 PM

Male version! There is no end to the foolishness of this world. Shame on Cisco Houston & Dave Van Ronk!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 02:52 PM

A male version also turns up as Faretheewell (Dink's Song) on the Limeliters' 1963 album Fourteen 14k Folk Songs, with Glenn Yarbrough singing the lead. Quite lovely to hear, even if it was a bit rewritten. I think they only did three verses, but I'll have to check when I can dig up the album.

Jay


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Jul 11 - 06:26 PM

What on earth is a 14k folk song? 1963 is a bit early for it to mean 14-kilobyte. -- Aha! 14-karat. How vulgar!


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 12:06 AM

Mike B
These are the chords that I've always used for some 50 years or so. There are all sorts of other verses used.

                              DINK'S SONG                              Traditional

C                         F         C
If I had wings like Noah's dove
                         Am
I'd fly 'cross the river
                   F
To the girl I love
               C          G7                      C    F    C
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

That girl I love she's long and tall
Moves her body
Like a cannon ball
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

On of these days and it won't be long
You'll call my name
And I'll be gone
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

When I wore my apron low
I couldn't keep you
From my door
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

Now I wear my apron high
I scarcely see you
Passing by
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

On those nights in a drizzling rain
All round my heart
Is an aching pain
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well

If I had wings like Noah's dove
I'd fly 'cross the river
To the girl I love
Fare thee well Oh honey, fare thee well


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 12:30 AM

DT version gives "Norah's" rather than "Noah's"; and that was how I first learned it - from Sandy Paton when he was over here in late 50s iirc.

Did 'Dink' actually sing it with that central 'r', and is that how Lomax recorded it? - or in light of story above of how he broke the cylinder & recreated it from memory, how he remembered it?

And are there any other songs in which the name of the ark-builder is thus rendered?

That variant doesn't seem to appear on any version above on this thread, but is that perhaps how it should appear? I don't have to hand any of the books ref'd above, to check how they render the name.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 12:30 PM

Thanks for kind words, Arkie, from 12 years ago. We hadn't intended to record our version. We were at a friend's place in Canada and he wanted to see what we sounded like in a studio he'd set up. We did Dink's as a mic check from Margaret's voice and my guitar. The friend doing the recording starting doing a producer kind of thing and making performance suggestions and we got the final result after about six takes. The flute bit was over dubbed later. I actually got a video of us performing the song at a house concert in 2000,with the producer along playing flute, and managed to post it on youtube a couple years back. My first exposure to the song was from Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters album.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,loki
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 11:41 AM

and

You pass my door, you pass my gate
But you won't get past my .38


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: Joe_F
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 09:01 PM

loki: That one has strayed in from "Careless Love".


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: beeliner
Date: 28 Aug 12 - 03:28 PM

An excellent but VERY obscure recorded version is by Cass Elliot with her pre-Mamas-and-Papas group "The Big 3", on the equally obscure FM label, catalog number FMLP307.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: GUEST,Grace
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 06:05 PM

What's wrong with the Ronk version? Especially after "Inside Llewyn Davis" resurrected this song....such a beautiful song, too.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 15 Jan 14 - 08:05 PM

Lomax wrote down (and sang) "Nora's"


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: dinks song
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Jan 14 - 03:58 AM

Many thanks, Dick, for answer to my query of 18 months ago about "Nora". I also asked "And are there any other songs in which the name of the ark-builder is thus rendered?"

Anyone know of any?

~M~


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