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Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)

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COME FILL UP YOUR GLASSES


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GUEST,JB 28 Apr 01 - 05:52 AM
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Joe Offer 28 Apr 01 - 02:18 PM
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Subject: Hello Friend
From: GUEST,JB
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 05:52 AM

Looking for the words to a folk song entitled I think "Hello Friend". I would also appreciate it if someone can tell me the name of the composer.

Thanks in advance.

JB

I think the start goes something like this:

Hello friend, I see you are a stranger Where do you come from?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Hollowfox
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 10:12 AM

I believe Ewan MacColl and/or Peggy Seeger wrote it. Sorry, I'm at work right now, so I can't verify with a citation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 01:51 PM

My Jacqui and Bridie album (called 'Hello Friend'!) lists the song as Peggy Seeger's, copyright 'Shelter Music'...

I'll play it, write the words down, and get back to you in a few ticks...


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Subject: ADD: Hello Friend ^^
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:18 PM

HELLO FRIEND
(Peggy Seeger)

Hello friend, I see you're a stranger. Where do you come from?
Hello friend, something in your face reminds me of the sun;
But the northern light is thin against the darkness of your skin,
Hello friend, I'm glad that you could come.

When you talk, I hear the echo of the places you have been;
When you walk, colours all around you fluttering in the wind;
When I listen to your song, I feel you really do belong;
Am I the stranger, the one who's just come in?

A I think I know what made you come here but what made you want to stay?
Will you go if the weather and the welcome seem too cold and grey?
Do you feel you'll never find all the warmth you left behind?
Never mind - I hope you want to stay.

Did you find new friends to help you? Can you earn a living here?
Do you mind the smoke and grime around you and the warning loud and clear?
Or did your troubles just begin with the colour of your skin?
Never mind - I'm glad to see you here.

Did you come to climb a mountain and end up in a hole?
Have you won the right to join our people signing on the dole?
Can you be happy here amid suspicion and the fear,
Or will you run, and never more return?

Hello friend, all of us are strangers in this green and pleasant land.
Once again battle ranks are forming and we need a friendly hand.
Yours the fear and ours the shame, but our goal is just the same,
In the end this will be our native land.

Copyright Peggy Seeger, 1992

From The Peggy Seeger Songbook, 1998

Music note: I borrowed melodic ideas from this song to make "Old Friend."

We were giving a week-long songwriting seminar in Birmingham. It rained the whole week and a cold front swept in. OK, but it was July. At bus-stops and on church steps were bouquets of the bright, fluttering colours worn by Pakistanis, Indians, West Indians, and Africans, out in force to celebrate if not the Sabbath at least the day of no-work. The light fabrics were no match for an English summer day and many dark faces looked pinched and ashen with the cold. Enoch Powell (MP for Wolverhampton at the time) had just fired his first "rivers of blood" salvo across the bows of a multiracial Britain, advocating mass repatriation as the only way to salvage our traditional way of life. No matter that many stores were now stocked with an endless variety of new foods, textiles, and crafts that had arrived with the immigrants. No matter that these darker people filled menial jobs that lighter people were now able to forsake (much as men feel above a job category when women begin to habitually fill it). No matter that a number of incomernationalities were not targeted (North Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and Europeans). Ewan took the morning workshop while I wrote this song. (Peggy Seeger)

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Hope I didn't duplicate your efforts, Bernard. Seemed to be easier to scan the songbook.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: HELLO FRIEND (Peggy Seeger)
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:32 PM

Here we are...

Hello Friend!


(Peggy Seeger)

Chorus:
Hello, friend!
I see you are a stranger
Where do you come from?
Hello friend!
Something in your eyes
Reminds me of the sun
And the Northern Lights are dim
Against the colour of your skin
Hello friend!
I'm glad that you could come

  1. And when you talk,
    I seem to hear the echoes
    Of the places you have been
    When you walk
    Colours all around you
    Fluttering in the wind
    And when I listen to your song
    I feel you really do belong
    You're the stranger,
    The one who just came in

    Chorus:

  2. And can you find
    New friends to help you
    Can you make a living here?
    Do you mind
    The smoke and grime around you
    On a morning loud and clear
    Or did your troubles just begin
    With the colour of your skin?
    Never mind
    I hope you're going to stay

    Chorus:

  3. Hello friend!
    All of us are strangers
    In this green and pleasant land
    Once again
    Battle ramps are forming
    And we need a brother's hand
    Yours the fear, and ours the shame
    But our God is just the same
    In the end
    This will be our native land

    Chorus:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:33 PM

Thanks, Joe!

;o)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:36 PM

Seems like J & B got the words slightly wrong... it weren't me ears, 'onest!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:41 PM

Or maybe not - perhaps Peggy 'toned it down' a little for the songbook; my album dates back to the mid '70's...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Joe Offer
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for posting the earlier version of the lyrics, Bernard. Peggy tends to be a little extreme on the "politically correct" scale, more so now than she used to be. The changes are interesting.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Apr 01 - 03:20 PM

Ain't they just!!

BTW, the 'LP' is on the 'Nevis' label (8 Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JU), NEV LP 102' and it dates back to the days when they put 'Stereo' in the top right hand corner...

The sleeve notes are general, and short:

On this L.P., Jacqui and Bridie express vividly their love of humour and humanity.

Jacqui's clear, sweet notes blend happily with Bridie's misty. warm voice, producing a dozen songs which will be enjoyed by every member of the family, irrespective of age.


Sadly, Bridie died a few years ago, though Jacqui still tours. She and Hughie (the Spinners) Jones occasionally do joint gigs - Cliff Hall joined the Spinners when Jacqui left...

I refer, of course, to the Spinners folk group from Liverpool!!


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