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Lyr Req: Darcy Farrell / Darcy Farrow

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Kevin Cloud 29 Oct 97 - 04:59 AM
Joe Offer 29 Oct 97 - 05:23 AM
lesblank 29 Oct 97 - 10:54 AM
Dale Rose 29 Oct 97 - 11:05 AM
S.P. Buck Mulligan 29 Oct 97 - 11:50 AM
lesblank 29 Oct 97 - 01:04 PM
rich r 29 Oct 97 - 10:17 PM
rich r 29 Oct 97 - 10:22 PM
Wolfgang Hell 31 Oct 97 - 04:04 AM
Joe Offer 31 Oct 97 - 04:16 AM
lesblank 31 Oct 97 - 06:38 PM
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Subject: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Kevin Cloud
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 04:59 AM

looking for lyrics to this tearjerker, perhaps the most bluntly tragic short ballad ever made. Is it a true story? ...almost has to be... BTW, howdy, y'all...


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 05:23 AM

Hi, Kevin. The song is Darcy Farrow, and it's in the database. Search under Darcy. I heard songwriter Steve Gillette sing and explain it on two occasions, and I can't remember for sure if he said it was a true story. I don't think it is, but it fits the history of the area quite well - so there's a lot of truth in the story, even if it didn't happen quite that way.
-Joe Offer, nearby in Sacramento-


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: lesblank
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 10:54 AM

I. also, have heard Steve sing and comment about "Darcy Farrow" many times. The song was written in the early 60's by Steve and a buddy of his, Tom Campbell. It was based on a real incident that happened to Steve's sister, Darcy, whom Tom particularly adored. She was actually kicked by her horse when she was chasing him and needed some minor corrective surgery for a broken cheekbone. She recovered quickly but Tom never forgot it and the song rose out of the accident and what could have happened. Steve wrote the music and some of the lyrics, but Tom Campbell wrote most of the lyrics -- a sample of some of the beautiful things he put on paper. Check out "Springtime Meadows" and "2:10 Train.

Les Blank


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrow
From: Dale Rose
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 11:05 AM

Written by Tom Campbell and Steve Gillette, and first recorded by Ian and Sylvia on their Early Morning Rain album, Vanguard 79175, 1965.

From the liner notes: Written for Ian and Sylvia by two friends in California, one of whom, Sylvia says, had considerable experience as a student of an eminent folklorist where much effort was given to writing songs that would fool the teacher and pass as authentic. Ian feels this is no less authentic, for it was written in the tradition of oldtime cowboy tunes -- just sentimental enough. And mighty convincing in its mention of names and places.

I have seen similar comments about its origins in print elsewhere. It is one of those songs that I never tire of hearing, even after more than 30 years.


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: S.P. Buck Mulligan
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 11:50 AM

If I may, the best rendition of Darcy Farrow I've ever heard is by the late John Denver - it appears on one of his early LPs (perhaps Poems Prayers & Promises or Farewell Andromeda)and there's a super live version on the Wildlife Concert CD)


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: lesblank
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 01:04 PM

As much as I enjoyed John Denver and his talents: and as much as I still enjoy Ian and Sylvia (they are playing right now !!), the definitive version(S) of Darcy Farrow are still those done by Steve:(et ux)

1. Vanguard, 1967, Steve Gillette 2. Compass Rose, 1991, Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, Live in Concert.

After hitting the recall button, I can now see how the rumor that Darcy was written to fool a professor, for a PhD got started. A real stretch !! Tom was a true student of the old ballad style, but his real job was producing shows on the revolving stage at Disneyland during the late 50's and early sixties. I think he was a student at UCLA also, but don't believe he ever wrote his dissertation.


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: rich r
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 10:17 PM

A really fine recent version of Darcy Farrow appears on Chesapeake's first CD "Rising Tide" (Sugar Hill 3827). The whole arrangement is fresh and exciting (not to say that earlier, simpler renditions were not beautiful). The instrumentation is flawless, the harmony is tight and Moondi Klein's lead vocal really soars. Curiously, that CD contains the song by Gillette & Campbell that was popularized by Ian & Sylvia, plus another song by Campbell "2:10 Train", plus a song by Ian Tyson "Summer Wages". An interesting triangulation, I wonder if it was conscious or just happened. Chesapeake did another Gillette song "Sweet Melinda" on their second CD. that one was also recorded by John Denver some years ago.

I can't listen to or sing the song without remembering standing on the bridge at Lake Tahoe, CA where Truckee River flows out of the lake and begins its journey down to the desert plateaus of Nevada.

rich r


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: rich r
Date: 29 Oct 97 - 10:22 PM

A really fine recent version of Darcy Farrow appears on Chesapeake's first CD "Rising Tide" (Sugar Hill 3827). The whole arrangement is fresh and exciting (not to say that earlier, simpler renditions were not beautiful). The instrumentation is flawless, the harmony is tight and Moondi Klein's lead vocal really soars. Curiously, that CD contains the song by Gillette & Campbell that was popularized by Ian & Sylvia, plus another song by Campbell "2:10 Train", plus a song by Ian Tyson "Summer Wages". An interesting triangulation, I wonder if it was conscious or just happened. Chesapeake did another Gillette song "Sweet Melinda" on their second CD. that one was also recorded by John Denver some years ago.

I can't listen to or sing the song without remembering standing on the bridge at Lake Tahoe, CA where Truckee River flows out of the lake and begins its journey down to the desert plateaus of Nevada.

rich r


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Wolfgang Hell
Date: 31 Oct 97 - 04:04 AM

a very fine version of this song is by the half forgotten Irish singer Anne Byrne.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Oct 97 - 04:16 AM

Tom Russell is a fine songwriter who specializes in songs similar to "Darcy Farrow." His songs are set in California and the West, and tell the rich history of this area. If you like "Darcy Farrow," I think you'll like Tom Russell.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: lesblank
Date: 31 Oct 97 - 06:38 PM

Right you are , Joe ! Tom Russell wrote several and duets on two or three numbers on Sylvia Tyson album, "Gypsy Cadillac", Silver City, 1992, a real gem that never got the polish it deserved.


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Dale Rose
Date: 31 Oct 97 - 09:39 PM

Don't forget Tom's duet with Sylvia on Thrown To The Wolves and his several collaborations with Ian Tyson as well! My copy of Gypsy Cadillac says Round Tower, 1994. (It's hard to keep up with these things some times) Tom's Cowboy Real album from 1991 is a Western classic, and deserved far more attention (and sales) than it got.


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Subject: RE: LYR.REQ. Darcy Farrell
From: Kevin Cloud
Date: 05 Nov 97 - 10:35 PM

WOW!! Thanks!!


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Subject: Lyr Req: Song Information required
From: Fiolar
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 07:29 AM

Many years ago I heard quite a tuneful ballad on the radio. It contained the following lines: "Poor ? in his pain, put a bullet in his brain. We buried them together when the snows began to fall." Any help with the words and title appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song Information required
From: Night Owl
Date: 01 Apr 03 - 08:03 AM

Might be looking for "Darcy Farrow"??
Type the name in the search box on the right up there for lyrics (and the tune) in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song Information required
From: Fiolar
Date: 02 Apr 03 - 08:24 AM

Thanks Night Owl. That's the one. The version I heard had slightly different words in one or two places and I could not remember the name so was at a loss to find it. Cheers.


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