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BURY ME IN MY OVERALLS
FROM WAY UP HERE
IF YOU LOVE ME
JUST A LITTLE RAIN
LITTLE BOXES
LITTLE BOXES RE-VISITED
MAGIC PENNY
MAGIC PENNY
ROSIE JANE
THE BANKERS AND THE DIPLOMATS
THE BOY SALUTES
THE MONEY CROP
TURN AROUND


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Stewart
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 08:21 PM

What're You Rebelling Against, Malvina?
By Ross Altman, PhD

Mildred: What're you rebelling against, Johnny?
Johnny: Whaddya got?
~ Marlon Brando in "The Wild One", 1953

Marlon Brando's reply to Mildred's question suits Malvina Reynolds to a T: but unlike Johnny in The Wild One, Singer-songwriter Malvina Reynolds (August 23, 1900—March 17, 1978) was a learned rebel. She got her Ph.D. the old-fashioned way—she earned it, in the UC Berkeley English Department in 1938. She never used it to teach, however, because her first act of rebellion was to refuse to sign the California loyalty oath when she was accepted for a teaching position at Berkeley. Faced with Robert Frost's life-changing choice at the fork in the road she took the one less travelled by—"of whom it could be said: She was an artist, and a red." (MR) Read More

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: ADD: Sing Along (Malvina Reynolds
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 08:10 PM

Sing Along

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1958 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1986. This was Malvina's first "hit"--she sang it at rallies for the 1948 Henry Wallace for President campaign. In the Table of Contents to her songbook Song in My Pocket she writes: "First published in the old 'Peoples Songs Bulletin,' this shows signs of wearing to the hand of the user. I sat in on a guitar class conducted by Earl Robinson in Brooklyn Heights, and was pleased to hear some verses which had been added by a group of embattled teachers. In New Mexico they sing 'Cantalo, Cantalo.'"


I get butterflies in my stomach whenever I start to sing,
And when I'm at a microphone I shake like anything,
But if you'll sing along with me I'll holler right out loud,
'Cause I'm awf'ly nervous lonesome, but I'm swell when I'm a crowd.

Chorus:
Sing along, Sing along,
And just sing "la la la la la" if you don't know the song,
You'll quickly learn the music, you'll find yourself a word,
'Cause when we sing together we'll be heard.

Oh, when I need a raise in pay and have to ask my boss,
If I go see him by myself I'm just a total loss,
But if we go together I'll do my part right pretty,
Cause I'm awf'ly nervous lonesome but I make a fine committee.

(Chorus)

My congressman's important, he hobnobs with big biz,
He soon forgets the guys and gals who put him where he is.
I'll just write him a letter to tell him what I need,
With a hundred thousand signatures why even he can read.

(Chorus)

Oh, life is full of problems, the world's a funny place,
I sometimes wonder why the heck I join'd the human race,
But when we work together, it all seems right and true,
I'm an awful nothing by myself but I'm okay with you.
1

(Chorus)


Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- Song in My Pocket: Songs
---- Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
---- The Malvina Reynolds Songbook

Other place(s) where the music to this song appears:
---- People's Songs, Volume 3(3) (April 1948), p. 7
---- Songs for Wallace, 2nd ed. (New York: People's Song for the National Office of the Progressive Party), p. 9

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- Another County Heard From

Recordings by other artists on which this song is performed:
---- Bluestein Family: Sowin' on the Mountain (Fretless FR141, 1979)

Additional note
1. Where Malvina writes "I'm an awful nothing by myself," she was speaking politically, not personally, but singers not comfortable with that line could sing "I can change a tire by myself and change the world with you" (men could sing "change a diaper"). She sang "why the heck" or "why the hell" depending on the audience.



Source: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/MALVINA/mr153.htm


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 May 17 - 10:51 PM

The OC Weekly (I think that's the freebie hippie newspaper in Orange County California) has an interesting article titled The Life and Times of Malvina Reynolds, Long Beach's Most Legendary (and Hated) Folk Singer.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016 AT 3:53 P.M.
By Gabriel San Foman

Take a look: http://www.ocweekly.com/music/the-life-and-times-of-malvina-reynolds-long-beachs-most-legendary-and-hated-folk-singer-7474438

Link provided by the San Francisco Folk Music Club Harmony List.


-Joe-

Oh, this is good stuff.

The caravan of Klansmen crept to a stop around midnight in front of the home of David and Lizzie Milder on Nov. 17, 1932. Their quaint bungalow in the Carroll Park neighborhood of Long Beach had just played host to a fund-raiser for the International Labor Defense (ILD), a group affiliated with the Communist Party USA. Members were seeking donations for the Scottsboro Boys, nine African-American teens whose convictions in the rape of two white women in Alabama had recently been overturned. That night, Ben Isgur, boyfriend of the Milders' youngest daughter, Eleanor, spoke eloquently about the injustice in the case—and that was just too much for the KKK.

Klan members from Orange County united with their Long Beach brothers for the raid. About 50 eventually gathered outside the Milder house, armed with guns, clubs, rubber hoses and a gasoline-soaked wooden cross. The family's very existence—Jewish, immigrant, communist, anti-racist—could not stand. They planted the cross on the Milders' lawn and set it ablaze. Klansmen stood guard with guns drawn at the porch while others tried to break through the front door.

David, Lizzie, their son Samuel and other daughter, Malvina, were sipping coffee with Isgur when the Invisible Empire tried to barge in. The family leapt from the table and tried to keep the door from budging—but it wasn't enough. A group of hooded men circled around to the back entrance and found a way in.

"Where are you hiding all your communist literature?" they yelled. Samuel's wife, Miriam, pranked the raiders, pointing them to a pile of everyday newsstand magazines, which the KKK promptly tossed out the window. They then demanded everyone take a ride in the Klan cars—but the Milders wouldn't go quietly.

Reynolds singing the truth
Reynolds singing the truth
Alejandro Stuart

"Won't somebody help us?" Malvina cried to neighbors. "They're killing us!" A Klansman struck her in the jaw, gagged her with a handkerchief and dragged her outside. They beat her father down with a rubber hose and broke Samuel's shoulder. Neighbors rushed outside to assist, but the armed Klansmen kept them at bay. The Klan finally forced the Milders and their guests into cars and prepared to speed off when the Long Beach Police Department's "Red Squad"—tasked with monitoring left-wing activities in the city—just happened to swing by. They stopped the attempted kidnapping, but not before the Klansmen left handbills reading, "Communism will not be tolerated! The Ku Klux Klan rides again."

The midnight raid scarred the Milders and made national headlines—but it also gave birth to a legendary troubadour. The eldest Milder daughter went on to become one of the fiercest folks singers in American history. Malvina Reynolds used the terror of the Klan raid to fuel a life and career of radical politics, organizing and writing columns and even running for the Long Beach City Council. But her most lasting legacy are her tunes of justice, songs covered by Joan Baez, Marianne Faithfull and other musical giants, most famously Pete Seeger, who popularized her "Little Boxes," the stinging critique of suburbia more familiar to modern-day listeners as the theme song for the TV series Weeds.

As prolific and storied as Reynolds' life was, no one has ever written a biography about her. Mentions of her life in Long Beach are rare. Nevertheless, the themes in Reynolds' political music—economic justice, environmentalism, women's rights and anti-racism—remain all too relevant today.

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Reynolds and Schimmel perform in Japan in 1970
Reynolds and Schimmel perform in Japan in 1970
Courtesy Nancy Schimmel

Malvina Reynolds' musical life seemed destined to be intertwined with activism. Two years after her birth in San Francisco on Aug. 23, 1900, her parents joined the Socialist Party. David Milder, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary, served in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and ran a naval tailor shop in the city. He soon became consumed with politics, helping to start The Revolt weekly newspaper and even running as the party's candidate for city tax collector.

Along the way, he befriended radical labor organizer Tom Mooney, who indirectly gave Reynolds her start in music. In 1916, Mooney was charged with setting off a suitcase bomb that had killed 10 people and injured scores more during a pro-World War I parade in San Francisco. Milder took a teenaged Reynolds to the activist's home so his daughter could take violin lessons from Mooney's wife, Rena, who was teaching classes to survive after being acquitted in her husband's trial. Reynolds excelled beyond her teacher's ability, but she wanted to pursue literary, not musical, ambitions in college. There was only one snag; her parents' opposition to World War I caused her high school to deny her a diploma.

Teachers helped Reynolds enroll at the University of California at Berkeley despite being blacklisted. She majored in English while playing violin in a dance band. One day in class, a professor had students study old British ballads as poetry. Reynolds quickly realized the ballads weren't meant to be read as poems, but sung as music. "Why don't you sing them for us?" the professor asked when she pointed this out.

 

Reynolds graduated with a degree in English, but the Milders' socialist reputation made jobs hard to come by in the Bay Area. The family moved to San Pedro in 1925, then Long Beach so David could open up a tailor shop to serve naval fleets. Reynolds joined her family in 1931, after dropping out of graduate school. By then, the Milders had joined the Communist Party and happily hosted fund-raisers and political meetings at their home.

Long Beach during the Great Depression was proudly white, Protestant and conservative—an Iowa-By-the-Sea far removed from the Milders' Marxism. When the Long Beach Press-Telegram ran a series of articles in 1932 warning of active communist groups in the city, it easily struck fear in the hearts of its readers. It was inevitable the Klan would go after the Milders.

"I was very much frightened," Reynolds recounted in 1977 during a KPFK-FM 90.7 radio interview with Dorothy Healey, a communist labor leader who met the musician in San Pedro three years after the raid. "These guys [were] about to load us into cars to take us away. They had lynch ropes in the car."


The Klan thought law enforcement would let them go; to their surprise, police took 16 members for questioning. Four identified themselves as Orange County peace officers with legal permits to possess firearms. Twelve got released on the grounds the victims could not positively identify their attackers. Four stayed in jail, accused of being the masterminds; those Klansmen were eventually convicted on assault charges but only got six-month sentences and $500 fines.

Reynolds took the stand to identify her attacker, but she knew the legal system wouldn't deliver justice. "When we came to court, there was evidence of what these guys carried on the table—[the weapons] looked like twigs!" she told Healey.

She tried moving on with life. After her first marriage dissolved, she began a relationship with Bud Reynolds, a high-school sweetheart. The two departed for Nebraska, where Bud had been assigned to unionize workers. Malvina gave birth to their only daughter, Nancy, in 1935; the new family headed to Berkeley later that year and got married. Once there, she re-enrolled at UC Berkeley, earning a doctorate in romance philology in 1939.

But the same problem that originally drove her out of the Bay Area prevented Reynolds from finding steady work. Around that time, she began writing for the Daily People's World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party USA. Soon after, the FBI started a file on her.

The death of her father in 1944 brought Reynolds back to Long Beach to run the family shop with Bud. After Japan surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II, the two sold the business, and Reynolds left stitching sailor clothes for her true passion: writing songs of discontent. "I wrote fiction and poetry before that, but it didn't roll until I picked up a guitar," she wrote in her book Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs. "What a guitar it was! A big old F-hole orange crate with a crack in the back."

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Reynolds giving lessons in her Long Beach living room
Reynolds giving lessons in her Long Beach living room
Courtesy Nancy Schimmel

Reynolds began her musical career at 45, as the post-World War II folk-music revival was getting fine-tuned with the return of key players. Woody Guthrie's time as a merchant marine led to his most prolific stretch. Seeger had done a stint entertaining the troops, and in late 1945, he helped to start People's Songs, an organization anchoring the folk revival's left-wing flank.

People's Songs' inaugural bulletin laid out its mission to "create, promote and distribute songs of labor and the American people." They put out monthly publications and organized "hootenannies," spreading to cities across the country, including Los Angeles. Reynolds first met Seeger at a People's Songs shindig in LA in 1947.

"Here's this middle-aged woman, white hair. To my male eyes, she seemed one more housewife," Seeger recounted in a radio documentary about her life that's on file in the Pacifica Radio Archives. "Yet, she heard me and some other singers and said, 'I want to try writing songs, too.'" She took guitar lessons from Earl Robinson, an influential composer blacklisted from Hollywood, during his People's Songs classes in LA.

Reynolds got her chance to sing in 1948 when People's Songs threw its musical support behind Progressive Party presidential candidate Henry Wallace, who was vice president under Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The Independent Progressive Party (IPP) formed in California to support Wallace, and Reynolds became the IPP's chairman in Long Beach. She wrote an "Adventures of a Doorbell Ringer" column for Daily People's World, noting interesting conversations going on in Long Beach homes.

"Tell me, granting that you don't go with Wallace on this question, doesn't his platform on other matters please you enough that you could pass this one up for now?" Reynolds asked after failing to sell a white worker on Wallace's pledge to end racial discrimination.

 

"Ma'am," he responded, "'I'd rather have Negroes living next door to me, eating in the same restaurants with me and riding beside me in the street car than to have monopolies ruling over me."

The Reynolds house became a stop for like-minded musicians and activists. "Paul Robeson came to dinner once," recalls Reynolds' daughter, Nancy Schimmel. "It was a big dinner in his honor." The Reynoldses loved to entertain guests, political or personal, with a witty sense of humor. "My parents liked to throw parties—my mother for the food and dancing and singing, my father for the chitchat," Schimmel says. "She encouraged me to bring my friends home—and to use the dictionary!"

When Reynolds wasn't ringing doorbells or hosting parties, she was performing at Wallace rallies. She scored her first hit in progressive circles with the roman á clef "Sing Along." The catchy tune's opening lines speak of a timid troubadour who gains confidence from a sing-along crowd:

My congressman's important, he hobnobs with big biz,
He soon forgets the guys and gals who put him where he is.
I'll just write him a letter to tell him what I need,
With a hundred thousand signatures, why, even he can read.

Despite the efforts of People's Songs and like-minded activists, Wallace's campaign failed; he earned less than 2.4 percent of the vote, as incumbent Harry S Truman squeaked past Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey. People's Songs folded the following year because of financial problems, but Reynolds continued. She wrote "Magic Penny" and "Bury Me In My Overalls" during her time in Long Beach. Of "Magic Penny," Schimmel recalls, "I came home from [a junior high school] dance, and she had written this song about dancing the night away. That was one of her most popular songs."

The inspiration for "Bury Me In My Overalls" came from something more ominous. Bud worked various construction sites as a union carpenter with the American Federation of Labor until political organizing caught up with his health; he suffered a heart attack from all the stress. Reynolds worried about her husband and wrote the song, taking on the fear of death with a touch of humor and working-class thrift:

The undertaker will get my dough,
The grave will get my bones,
And what is left will have to go
For one of those granite stones,
But this suit cost me two weeks' pay
So let it live another day,
And bury me in my overalls.

Bud died of a stroke in 1971.

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Reynolds and Schimmel in Long Beach circa 1948
Reynolds and Schimmel in Long Beach circa 1948
Courtesy Nancy Schimmel

As Reynolds networked with national figures, she still involved herself in local politics. In 1950, the Long Beach City Council planned to adopt an ordinance requiring Communists to register. Reynolds spoke in vain against it. Frustrated with a city hall she felt was beholden to oil barons, Reynolds decided to take them on in April 1951 by running for a council seat. Her platform: municipally owned electricity, fair wages for city employees and expanding recreational facilities. Running under the IPP banner, Reynolds survived the primary and prepared to face off in the general election against Third District incumbent Raymond Kealer, a petroleum engineer and chairman of the council's oil, harbor and industries committee. She was the only woman candidate that year.

Though Reynolds held a doctorate and did political work, her ballot designation read, "housewife." If Reynolds' foray into politics was that of a housewife, she pledged in an open letter to Long Beach residents to clean up local politics from the stain of big business "with hot water, soap and a broom!"

A war of words soon broke out among Daily People's World, Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Long Beach Independent over Reynolds' campaign, a skirmish documented by the FBI and House Un-American Activities Committee. The Independent—which had covered Reynolds objectively during her primary race—struck first with the May 18, 1951, headline "Council Candidate Closely Allied to Red Front." The article noted that she "registered as a Communist in Alameda County [in] September 1942." And even though she canceled the registration two years later, the story sternly noted, Reynolds remained active in organizations with communist ties such as the Daily People's World and the Long Beach chapter of the Civil Rights Congress, an organization principally funded by Reynolds' weekly guitar classes to suburbanites and their children.

The Daily People's World fired back two days later, calling the Independent's article a "Red herring smeared with oil" and offering Reynolds space to respond. "The [Independent's] article 'accuses' me of defending civil rights and working actively for world peace," Reynolds said. "Such activities which conform to the desires of every honest person can only be attacked with red-baiting."

 

The Press-Telegram hyped the election in an editorial as "the most important council the city has ever had." Long Beach expected a $175 million oil boom to flow into the city's coffers during the next term thanks to the Justice Department exempting the city from tideland litigation, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to follow suit. Reynolds campaigned hard to have oil taxes benefit all residents of Long Beach, a message she framed in a long-lost untitled song preserved only in her daughter's memory. "It was a song about better use of the oil taxes for civic improvement rather than for lining people's pockets," Schimmel says before singing the verse:

We'll have a wondrous city
With boulevards and trees
A play land at the water
For every son and daughter
Beside the bluest seas!

A day before the election, Reynolds addressed the "Communist Question," in the Press-Telegram while stressing her platform. "The story of registration at another time and in another climate is old news by now," Reynolds said. "The program I propose for Long Beach is new news—and good news." IPP members pushed hard, dropping off 40,000 leaflets at households and mailing another 20,000.

The Press-Telegram predicted a blowout despite calling Reynolds "one of the most active campaigners" in the race. And they were right: Kealer walloped Reynolds with 34,449 votes to her 5,584. The Daily People's World tried to put a positive spin on her performance, writing that 13 percent of the vote was "impressive" in light of "a red-baiting campaign conducted against her for several weeks by [Long Beach's] two commercial newspapers."

But Reynolds' time in Long Beach was about to end. The FBI kept up its surveillance of Reynolds: An August 1952 report described her as "a very active Communist in the Long Beach community." "I have nothing to say to you," Reynolds told an agent who approached her as she hung laundry outside her home. "Beat it off my property now."

Had she won the election, Reynolds would've stayed in the city for at least the duration of her three-year term. But defeated, with her daughter enrolled at her alma mater up north and tired of the city's right-wing politics, Reynolds moved back to Berkeley in 1953, never to return to Long Beach.

*     *     *     *     *

Schimmel returns to the site of the KKK raid
Schimmel returns to the site of the KKK raid
Claudia Marrow

By her own admission, Reynolds never had a great singing voice. "She felt that the best tunes grew out of the rise and fall and tempo of the speaking voice," says Schimmel. But despite that limitation and her late start, Reynolds found a following after leaving Long Beach by expressing complex truths with poetic simplicity. In 1960, at age 59, she recorded her first album with Folkways Records, Another County Heard From, which included "Sing Along." Two years later, while driving through Daly City on the way to a gig, Reynolds told Bud to take over the wheel so she could write "Little Boxes," a tune poking fun at the suburban conformity sprouting on Daly City's hillsides.

Seeger covered "Little Boxes" in 1963, and it was a hit. Reynolds didn't get a chance to commercially release her version until landing a deal with Columbia Records, resulting in the 1967 album Malvina Reynolds Sings the Truth. Since then, "Little Boxes" has lived on in an array of covers from slain Chilean folk singer Víctor Jara to a newer generation of musicians who recorded their versions to serve as the intro theme for Weeds on Showtime.

For all its drama, Reynolds never wrote about the Klan raid of her parents' home in Long Beach. But Malvina Reynolds Sings the Truth does include "Battle of Maxton Field," a song she penned in 1958 after Lumbee Indians ran off the Klan during a North Carolina rally. "She sat down and wrote that song that day, words and music, and sang it that night," Schimmel says, calling the song her mom's "revenge."

Reynolds recorded more albums; wrote children's music; started her own label, Cassandra Records; published songbooks; and toured overseas well into her late 70s. She even appeared on Sesame Street as a folk singer named "Kate."

"I can almost hear them saying, 'Who is this old bat?'" Reynolds told Healey. She'd win them over with clever storytelling between songs. "In about 10 minutes, they're singing along with me and laughing."

While working on songs for her final album, Purely Political, a friend asked Reynolds to come to Orange County for a protest at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. "I was cranky about it, but when I got there, it was a great demonstration!" Reynolds told Healey. The rally left such an impression on Reynolds that it inspired one of her last hits, "Power Plant Reggae."

Reynolds died on March 17, 1978, after pancreatitis caused her kidneys to fail. She wanted little fanfare to mark her passing—in "Wake for a Singer," Reynolds wrote, "Celebrate my death, of whom it could be said/She was a working-class woman and a red." Family and friends held a private wake at her Berkeley home, but a public memorial concert followed, with Seeger closing out a lineup that included Margie Adam and Chicago's Steve Goodman. Two years later, Purely Political was posthumously released as Mama Lion.

 

Schimmel wants her mother's story to be fully told. She asked famed folklorist Ellen Stekert to write a biography of Reynolds, but illness kept Stekert from pursuing the project. Schimmel started blogging about her mom in 2006 and even visited her grandparents' Long Beach house, the one the Klan raided decades ago. A singer in her own right, Schimmel hopes to transform the blog into Out of the Box, a book with more of a memoir feel.

Uncle Ruthie Buell befriended Reynolds after many interviews between the two on Buell's Halfway Down the Stairs, which has aired on KPFK since 1959. Both women shared being Jewish folk singers with People's Songs pasts. The Children's Music Network honored Buell for her lifetime of work in 2010 with its Magic Penny Award, named for Reynolds' song.

"When you're a songwriter, you don't die," says the 86-year-old Buell, who continues to teach Reynolds' songs to blind children in Hollywood. "You get to live forever."


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: BrooklynJay
Date: 18 Apr 17 - 05:36 PM

Joe,

Waaaaay back on September 29, 2004 you posted the lyrics for The Little Land. You said you could provide the tune (chords?) if asked to transcribe it. Is that, ah... offer (sorry, Joe) still good?

I've seen the two YouTube recordings and I think the slightly different melody I remember may be because I always seem to associate it with The Limeliters (it was on their Sing Out album). Never realized when I was little that it was a Malvina Reynolds song.

For a while now the song's been going through my head and I'm curious to know what her chords were. Just returning yesterday from my first trip to Ireland has only added fuel to the fire.


Jay

Click to play (joeweb)



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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Apr 17 - 04:00 PM

This may have been addressed, but the melody to "From Way Up Here" was by Pete Seeger, whom Malvina gave the lyric to to set to music.

    Thanks for keeping me honest. I went up to the songbook index above and added attribution to all songs that were not by Malvina Reynolds alone. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: DT Corr: We Hate to See Them Go
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Jan 17 - 02:10 AM

"We Hate to See them Go" is in the Digital Tradition as "The Bankers and the Diplomats":


THE BANKERS AND THE DIPLOMATS
(Malvina Reynolds)

INTRO
    Last night, I had the strangest dream,
    I saw a big parade, with ticker-tape galore,
    And men were marching there the like [in the ranks]
    I'd never seen before:

1. Oh, the bankers and the diplomats are going in the army:
    Oh, happy day, I'd spend my pay to see them on parade,
    Their paunches at attention and their stri-ped pants at ease -
    They've gotten patriotic and they're going overseas.
    We'll have to do the best we can and bravely carry on,
    So we'll just keep the laddies here to manage while they're gone.

cho: Oh, we hate to see them go!
   The gentlemen of distinction in the army!

2. The bankers and the diplomats are going in the army
    It seems a shame to keep them from the wars they love to plan,
    We're all of us contented that they'll fight a dandy war -
    They don't need propaganda they know what they're fighting for
    They'll march away with dignity and in the best of form,
    And we'll just keep the laddies [young folk] here
    To keep [each other] the lassies warm.

3. The bankers and the diplomats are going in the army:
    We'll have to make things easy, 'cause it's all so new and strange,
    We'll give them silver shovels when they have to dig a hole,
    And they can sing in harmony while answering the roll,
    They'll eat their old K-rations from a hand-embroidered box,
    And when they die, we'll bring 'em home and bury 'em in Fort Knox!

by Malvina Reynolds, from Faith Petric, 1977.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1959
@political @Army
filename[ BANKDIP
TUNE FILE: BANKDIP
CLICK TO PLAY
JB

Here are the lyrics from The Malvina Reynolds Songbook, 2nd enlarged edition, 1974, page 86


WE HATE TO SEE THEM GO
(Malvina Reynolds)

INTRO
    Last night, I had a lovely dream,
    I saw a big parade with ticker-tape galore,
    And men were marching there the like
    I'd never seen before.

1. Oh, the bankers and the diplomats are going in the army:
    Oh, happy day, I'd give my pay to see them on parade,
    Their paunches at attention and their stri-ped pants at ease -
    They've gotten patriotic and they're going overseas.
    We'll have to do the best we can and bravely carry on,
    So we'll just keep the laddies here to manage while they're gone.

CHORUS:
Oh, we hate to see them go!
   The gentlemen of distinction in the army!

2. The bankers and the diplomats are going in the army
    It seemed too bad to keep them from the wars they love to plan.
    We're all of us contented that they'll fight a dandy war -
    They don't need propaganda, they know what they're fighting for.
    They'll march away with dignity and in the best of form,
    And we'll just keep the laddies here to keep the lassies warm.

3. The bankers and the diplomats are going in the army:
    We're going to make things easy, 'cause it's all so new and strange,
    We'll give them silver shovels when they have to dig a hole,
    And they can sing in harmony while answering the roll,
    They'll eat their old K-rations from a hand-embroidered box,
    And when they die, we'll bring them home and bury them in Fort Knox!

by Malvina Reynolds, from Faith Petric, 1977.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1959
@political @Army
filename[ BANKDIP
TUNE FILE: BANKDIP
CLICK TO PLAY
JB

Just a few differences (and the title) - I put them in italics.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Thompson
Date: 21 Jan 17 - 02:02 AM

And me thinking this was about the Malvinas (les Îles Malouines), founded by sailors from St Malo (the people of which town are known as Malouins), which itself was founded by the Irish saint Malo (Mach'lo, Maclou, Maclovius, Machutus), a co-navigator of Brendan the Navigator who sailed to America rather than digging canals like later Irish navigators or navvies…


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Subject: ADD: You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out (Reynolds)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Jan 17 - 01:44 AM

YOU CAN'T MAKE A TURTLE COME OUT
(Malvina Reynolds)

You can't make a turtle come out,
You can't make a turtle come out,
YOu can call him or coax him or shake him or shout,
But you can't make a turtle come out, come out,
You can't make a turtle come out.

If he wants to stay In his shell,
If he wants to stay in his shell,
You can knock on the door but you can't ring the bell,
And you can't make a turtle come out, come out,
You can't make a turtle come out.

Be kind to your four-footed friends,
Be kind to your four-footed friends,
A poke makes a turtle retreat at both ends,
And you can't make a turtle come out, come out,
You can't make a turtle come out.

So you'll have to patiently wait,
So you'll have to patiently wait,
And when he gets ready he'll open the gate,
But you can't make a turtle come out, come out,
You can't make a turtle come out.

And when you forget that he's there,
And when you forget that he's there,
He'll be walking around with his head in the air,
But you can't make a turtle come out, come out,
You can't make a turtle come out.

©1962 by Schroder Music

From Little Boxes and other handmade songs by Malvina Reynolds
Oak Publications, 1964, page 76


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 01:54 AM

Hi-I think the best Malvina CD is "Ear to the Ground"from Smithsonian/Folkways, described in detail above. The Australian OMNI recordings are good, too.
This thread is old, but I have corrected most of the out-of-date information.
Joe


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 09:22 AM

Anyone know where I can get tapes, records or cds of Funnybugs and Artichokes? My grandchildren NEED to hear and learn all of the songs from these. My daughter was raised on them but the old tapes have died. THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,distresses
Date: 04 Nov 08 - 08:05 PM

I am having the hardest time trying to fing chords to her songs...in particular 'i don't mind failing' or 'it isn't nice'

...usually you can just type in the song name and get 50 results.
any help would be great


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 08:53 PM

Joe-

Thanks for the update.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 12:14 AM

Hi, Melisa - click here for the recordings available from Malvina's daughter, Nancy Schimmel. I don't see that particular recording on the list.

Smithsonian/Folkways has two Malvina albums: The most recent Malvina reissues are from an Australian company, Omni: Both of the Omni CD's have extra cuts not available on the original recording.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,melisa
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 10:30 PM

does anyone know how to purchase a cassette of cd or something of malvina reynolds old album funny buggs, giggleworms & other good friends?


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Oct 07 - 02:49 AM

Hi - I thought we had it up above (click), but it's one of the albums Heather couldn't find.
Ah, but it is here (click).
-Joe-


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Subject: track listing for M Reynolds Sings the Truth
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 07 - 01:18 AM

Does anyone have the track listing for this recording?

thanks!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 03:55 PM

Malvina Reynolds Recording Rights:


I got a response from Nancy right away. Here's what she says (posted with permission):

    Hi Joe

    Most requests can come to me at this email address and be dealt with here, but we don't own the rights to Turn Around, Magic Penny, and a very few others. I can get the contact info for those and post them, tho sometimes they change as companies merge. Perhaps a simple answer is best--me--and I can redirect.

    Also I'm starting a blog called Writing Malvina about the process of writing my mother's biography, at

    http://web.mac.com/nancyschimmel.

    I google Malvina now and then and have gotten Mudcat and posted a reply or two, I think. It's a good service. Thanks for it. Can't remember if I posted the new Malvina lyrics site at Western Kentucky University; it's

    http://www.wku.edu/%7Esmithch/MALVINA/homep.htm

    If you could take a look and post this info, that would be great.

    Nancy

Nancy can be contacted through her Website, sisterschoice.com


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Nov 06 - 03:14 AM

I was pleased to see that Malvina's songs were not listed for licensing by the Harry Fox Agency - that would seem to be a sellout to Corporate America. Nonetheless, it would be good for the right person to get payment for recording rights.
I'll contact Malvina's daughter Nancy Schimmel and ask.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Colleen
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 08:09 PM

I'm wondering about getting the rights to record songs of hers. Do I just got through Schroder Music? Is it even still a company?


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Subject: "Playing war"
From: GUEST,Rob
Date: 29 Aug 06 - 03:14 PM

thanks Kevin for the Gaber album - I'm off to find it somewhere!

peace,
Rob


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 10:14 PM

It appears to me that a lot of work has been done at

Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems


This Website has a huge collection of lyrics. I don't know if it's complete, but it sure looks complete.

[site maintained by Charles H. Smith and Nancy Schimmel (Malvina's daughter)]


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Kevin Sheils
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 06:01 AM

The only reference I can find on the web is to a Finnish record company Love records LP released in 1970 by Martha Graber with the following track listing

LRLP 23 Martha Gaber

1970 Martha Gaber

The Crow on the Cradle | I Come And Stand | Dana dana dana | Joe Hill | Drill ye terriers drill | Now That the Buffalo's Gone | I've Got to Know | Turn turn turn | Zum gali gali | The Three Ravens | Guantanamera | Every Cop Is Your Brother | Who Killed Columbia? | The Cruel War | Playing War | Le deserteur

I'm only guessing that the Playing War is probably the Malvina song I think the record company is no longer in existence but my Finnish is non existence however here is a web site that refers to the LP (follow the .pdf or .doc link at http://jata.users.daug.fi/musiikkisivut/love/

BTW that listing is a "cut and paste" so terriers is probably tarriers!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 10:20 PM

I like "The New Restaurant" too. Also the children's song (I heard her sing it at a concert many years ago, and haven't heard or seen it since) that contains the stanza "I have a barnacle, His name is McGonigle, Oh slishsloshery wishwashery under my boat. He lives on the boring Of old teakwood flooring, And when he is snoring, He can't sing a note".

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others. :||


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Danks
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 02:44 PM

It might have been mentioned already, but I love Hedy West singing Malvina's " New Restaurant". A cleverly written song.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: MMario
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:42 AM

see Yellowbook

(e-mail sent)


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: MMario
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:31 AM

"WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN"
Written by Malvina Reynolds
Published by Schroder Music Co.

The only address I have found for Schroder is "Berkely Ca."


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Subject: Schroder Publishing Co.
From: GUEST,tennesseeplayers@webtv.net
Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:09 AM

I would like address and telephone number for publisher, regardin "What Have They Done to the Rain."

      Thurston Moore
          TennesseePlayers.org


Thank you,


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Guest - Corey
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 10:24 PM

Help!! I've been trying to find the guitar chords for "I don't mind failing in this world" but I keep coming up short. Does anybody have them or a URL that works that I can get them from! It would be much appreciates

Cfrank@stny.rr.com

Thanks again.
CLICK HERE
-Joe Offer (e-mail sent)-


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Subject: Playing War
From: GUEST,Rob
Date: 21 Feb 06 - 02:38 AM

Thanks Stewart and Joe, I appreciate your searching for me. I actually have the words, and also the chords and notes (which I found randomly during some archive-digging for a graduate school project...I guess they are unpublished?).

It seems only a bootleg might offer a recording.

Anybody have a collection of Malvina bootlegs?

Thanks again,
Rob


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Stewart
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 10:22 PM

PLAYING WAR
Malvina Reynolds (1900-1978), in 1964

There's a nameless war in Vietnam,
There's wars in many lands,
And my little boy in our back yard,
Has a toy gun in his hands,
And the big toymakers in Buffalo
Are getting my boy set to go,
But I say No and the kids say No,
We're playing war no more.

Today it's a plastic tank or plane,
Tomorrow it's for real;
Today it shoots a wooden shot,
Tomorrow the bullet's steel.
And the buyers in the department store
Are getting my boy ready for war,
But I say No and the kids says No,
We're playing war no more.

Well, a little red wagon on the hill
Can pull his pal along,
But we want no little revolver gun
To shoot his buddy down.
The factories run in old New York
to get him ready for the dirty work,
But I say No and the kids say No,
We're playing war no more.

There's many a boy like my own boy
Who's lying in the mud,
And his good young life was cut away
While it was in the bud.
So the stores that offer death for play
Will have to get rich some other way
'Cause I say No and the kids say No.
We're playing war no more.

Well, the Army brass and the CIA
Are hardly grown-up boys,
And they're playing now with atom bombs
As though they were plastic toys.
But the life of the world is on the throw,
And while there is time, we're shouting "No!"
We say No and the kids say No,
We're playing war no more.

Don't know the melody or if/where it is recorded, but these are the words.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: ADD: I Wish You Were Here
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 10:21 PM

From memory:

I WISH YOU WERE HERE
(Malvina Reynolds)

I wish you were here to be underfoot,
I wish you were here to get in my way,
To call me from work, to call me to play.
I wish you were here again.

Oh, what did I do that had to be done,
And what did I read that had to be read,
When I could have turned to watch you instead?
I wish you were here again.

The monuments rise, the monuments fall,
The papers are signed and turn into chaff,
But I can recall the sound of your laugh.
I wish you were here again.

I wish you were here to be underfoot,
I wish you were here to get in my way,
To call me from work, to call me to play.
I wish you were here again.


--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Parent & child is host & guest plus warden & prisoner. :||


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 09:54 PM

Hi, Rob -
I looked all around, but had no luck. It's not in any of the Malvina songbooks or recordings I know of. It's not on Malvina's Ear to the Ground complilation CD, or on the Sorrels No Closing chord CD.
-Joe Offer-

Here's the track list for No Closing Chord, by Rosalie Sorrels:
Rosalie Sorrels / No Closing Chord: The Songs Of Malvina Reynolds
Label: Red House
Year: 2000

Track Title
1.Magic Penny / Visitation 
2.A Little Muscle 
3.What Have They Done To The Rain? 
4.The Money Crop 
5.The Judge Said 
6.No Hole In My Head 
7.From Way Up Here 
8.Lost Children Street 
9.Rosie Jane 
10.I Cannot Sleep For Thinking Of The Children 
11.On The Rim Of The World 
12.This World 
13.No Closing Chord


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: open mike
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 01:00 AM

the cd that rosalie sorrells did of malvina songs
is called no closing chord. I recommend it for
malvina fans.

Laurel


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Subject: "playing war"??
From: GUEST,rob goldberg
Date: 19 Jan 06 - 12:51 AM

Hi Malvina fans! I'm trying to find an LP copy (or CD is there is one) of Malvina singing "Playing War," a song she wrote in 1964 about war toys... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Rob Goldberg rrgoldberg@gmail.com 917 710 7852


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Subject: ADD: Little Land
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Sep 04 - 10:43 PM

Deckman mentioned this song in another thread, so I thought it would be good to post it.
-Joe Offer-

Little Land
(Malvina Reynolds, 1958)

When you're in the Little Land
They fill your hands with gold,
You think you stay for just a day,
You come out bent and old.

CHORUS
Dead leaves in your pockets,
Oh, my enchanted, have a care.
Run, run from the Little Folk,
Or you'll have dead leaves in your pockets,
And snowflakes in your hair.


When you're in the Little Land
You watch the wee folk play,
You see them through a game or two,
You come out old and gray.
CHORUS

Lights shine in the Little Land
From diamonds on the wall,
But when you're back on the brown hill side
It's cold pebbles after all.
CHORUS

Music in the Little Land,
It makes the heart rejoice,
It charms your ear so you cannot hear
The sound of your true love's voice.
CHORUS

source: Little Boxes and other Handmade Songs, Malvina Reynolds (Oak Publications, 1964)


Click to play (joeweb)



Also see: /thread.cfm?ThreadID=36505

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YQdpvO4s_w


CHORDS (Key of C):

   C                 Am
When you're in the Little Land
C Am
They fill your hands with gold,
C G7 C Dm
You think you stay for just a day,
G7 C
You come out bent and old.

CHORUS
Dm Am
Dead leaves in your pockets,
E7 Am
Oh, my enchanted, have a care.
E7 Am
Run, run from the Little Folk,
E7
Or you'll have dead leaves in your pockets,
Am
And snowflakes in your hair.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Mark Ross
Date: 02 Sep 04 - 02:07 PM

I got to know Malvina in the '70's when I lived in Berserkely. When my wife and I were feuding I'd spend a night or two at the Anarchist commune across the street from her house. We had met when she appeared on campus at a rally. I went up and introduced myself and said that we had mutual friends and acquaintances. She invited me back to Parker Street for tea. We had some interesting discussions about songwriting. A couple of years later I was back in NYC working at the Folklore Center. Malvina appeared as part of the store's concert series. When she arrived she requested that I sit in with her, I readily agreed to play stump the band (with me being the stumpee). I confess I don't think I did very well, but nonetheless, a couple of days later a check arrived for me at the store from Malvina. I think it was for more than she had made that evening. What a great lady!

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Erik
Date: 02 Sep 04 - 05:23 AM

I spotted an earlier request for a list of the songs performed on the album "MALVINA REYNOLDS" (CFS 5100) - copyright 1977 Cassandra Records. The list off the back of my LP jacket follows:

SIDE 1
The World's Gone Beautiful
Daddy's In The Jail
It Isn't Nice
Boraxo
We Hate To See Them Go
There'll Come A Time

SIDE 2
From Way Up Here
The Desert
D.D.T.
Let It Be
Morningtowm Ride
No Hole In My Head

The back of the album also states "All compositions by Malvina Reynolds." Hope the information helps!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: PoppaGator
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 05:24 PM

Those who love Malvina Reynolds may be interested in these three women who love her enough to name their trio after her:

The Malvinas' website


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 04:59 PM

Peter T., where do you live? I have a taped live performance of Andorra by Hamish Imlach somewhere. It isn't technically very good, but very spirited and you're welcome to it. Send me a PM if you're interested.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 05:27 AM

Um, that didn't work... It's my page about the Seekers' version at http://poparchives.com.au/feature.php?id=453


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Lyn
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 05:23 AM

Margret, thanks for your reply about "Morningtown Ride". I've referred to it at my page about the Seekers' version. Hope that's okay.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 09:36 PM

Nancy Schimmel (Malvina's daughter) might have this ("Andorra") info ....
contact her via sisterschoice.com website.
Malvina doesn't seem to have recorded it, but didn't Pete Seeger?


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Peter T.
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 11:42 AM

Malvina is the greatest! It is a pity that so much of her stuff seems unobtainable -- she needs one of those 5 CD box set things.

Can anyone tell me if there is a reasonably accessible version of "Andorra" anywhere recorded?

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 08:55 AM

I have all Malvina Reynold's 'official' recordings, and yes,
her version of "Morningtown Ride" first appears on "Artichokes".


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Lyn
Date: 22 Aug 04 - 12:33 AM

Did Malvina record "Morningtown Ride" before The Limeliters did it in 1962? The earliest recording by her that I can find is 1970, on "Artichokes, Griddlecakes and Other Good Things", but I've seen reference to an "original recording" by her on Vanguard. The song seems to be copyrighted in 1957.
Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Stewart
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 10:05 PM

Hi Heather. I'm also a Malvina fan. For a couple of years, a few years ago, I did Malvina song workshops at Seattle Song Circle's Rainy Camp. The album you're looking for is "Malvina Reynolds...Sings the Truth" Columbia CS9414 or CL2614. It starts with "The New Restaurant" and ends with "I Don't Mind Failing" on Side 1. Side 2 begins with "What Have They Done To The Rain" and ends with "Bitter Rain."

My only regret is that when I lived in Berkeley from 1962-65, I didn't meet her. I'm pretty sure I was into her music at that time. But a few years ago I did meet and talk to her daughter Nancy Shimmel. Here's my web page on Malvina HERE.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 09:12 PM

Here is the discography shown in the back of the Malvina Reynolds Songbook, and also in There's Music in the Air. No discography in either of the two Oak songbooks.

  • MALVINA — HELD OVER (Cassandra CFS 3688) $5.50 "Rosie Jane," "If You Love Me," "What Have They Done to the Rain," "We Don't Need the Men," "World In Their Pocket," "Magic Penny," "The Whale" and more.

  • MALVINA (Cassandra CFS 2807) $4.50 "There's a Bottom Below," "Little Boxes," "You'll Be a Man," "Turn Around" and others.

  • MALVINA REYNOLDS (Century City CCR 5100) $4.50 "We Hate to See Them Go," "World Gone Beautiful," "It Isn't Nice," "Morningtown Ride" and others.

  • ARTICHOKES, GRIDDLE CAKES AND OTHER GOOD THINGS
    (Pacific Cascade LPL 7018) $5.50 Malvina sings her kids' songs. Includes "Johnny Built a House," "You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out," "Morningtown Ride

  • FUNNY BUGS, GIGGLEWORMS, AND OTHER GOOD FRIENDS
    (Pacific Cascade LPS 7025) $5.50 Another LP of songs for kids; "Little Birds," "Funny Bug Basin," "PlaceTo Be,"
    "The Pets" and more.

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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 07 Feb 04 - 08:55 PM

    You've done a lot of great work, Heather! I checked my four Malvina songbooks, and none had much of a discography. You might check Folk Music: Index of Recorded Resources for a partial discography, listed by song title.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Heather Lev
    Date: 07 Feb 04 - 07:29 PM

    Hi everybody,
    I have the honor of performing a Malvina Reynolds mini-concert/workshop at the New England Folk Festival this April (visit neffa.org for details). I already have several Malvina albums & songbooks, but I have one album on tape that I copied from an LP years ago, and can't figure out *which* lp it was! The songs on the tape are:
    The New Restaurant * What's going on down there * Little Boxes *Battle of Maxton Field * God Bless the Grass * I don't mind failing * What have they done to the rain * The Devil's Baptizin' * Singin' Jesus * The Bloody Neat * Quiet * Magic Penny * Bitter Rain

    Any idea which album this is?
    Also, I can't seem to find a list of the songs on the albums I don't have, namely:
    Malvina Reynolds (1970) Century City CCR5100 / Cassandra CFS 5100
    Malvina… Held Over (1975); Cassandra Records CFS-3688
    Malvina Reynolds Sings The Truth (1968) on Columbia, CS 9414
    Any suggestions or ideas?

    By the way, here is the bibliography/discography I've put together thus far for Malvina... please email me with any updates or changes at heatherlev@hotmail.com. Thanks!
    Heather Lev
    http://heatherlev.com

    MALVINA REYNOLDS RESOURCES
    DISCOGRAPHY
    Another Country Heard From (1960) on Folkways 02524
    http://www.si.edu/folkways/
    The Pied Piper * We Hate to See Them Go *Let it Be *Faucets are Dripping *Don't Talk to Me of Love * Money Blues * The Day the Freeway Froze * The Delinquent * Mommy's Girl * Somewhere Between * I Live in a City * The Little Land * Oh Doctor! * Sing Along * The Miracle

    Malvina Reynolds Sings The Truth (1968) on Columbia, CS 9414

    Malvina Reynolds (1970) Century City CCR5100 / Cassandra CFS 5100

    Artichokes, Griddlecakes and Other Good Things (1970) Pacific Cascade LPC 7018 (Cassette) www.sisterschoice.com
    Artichokes * The Pets * Johnny Built a House * Wheels * Everybody Says * One Shoe
    Morningtown Ride * Griddlecakes * It Turned Out to Be a Song * I Went A-Gathering * Don't Bother Me * Little Boat* Eight Candles * In Bethlehem * You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out

    Malvina (1972); Cassandra Records. CFS-2807 www.sisterschoice.com
    Little Boxes * You'll Be a Man * The Albatross * No Room * Turn Around * The Little Red Hen * This World * There's a Bottom Below * Green Shadows * The Money Crop *Somewhere Between * The Day the Freeway Froze

    Funny Bugs, Giggleworms, and Other Good Friends (1972) Pacific Cascade LPC 7025 (Cassette) www.sisterschoice.com    Magical Food * Funny Bug Basin * Rabbits Dance
    You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out * Place to Be * Hello Ladybug * Says the Bee * Little Birds * What Time Is It? * The Pets * Black Horse

    Malvina… Held Over (1975); Cassandra Records CFS-3688
    We don't need the men

    Magical Songs (1978) Cassandra Records. www.sisterschoice.com CR 040 (Cassette)
    Sweet Stuff * Wheels * Lambeth Children * My Street * Kennebunkport * Quiet * Never Touch a Singing Bird *Don't Push Me * Let Us Come In * It's Up to You * Morningtown Ride * Magical Song * The Whale * I've Got a Song

    Mama Lion (1980); (CR 050) Cassandra Records. www.sisterschoice.com
    Skagit Valley Forever * Bury Me in My Overalls * The Judge Said * If You Were Little * The Devil's Baptizin' * The Little Mouse * Power Plant Reggae * Mario's Duck * Back Alley Surgery * Dialectic * The Last Time * Carolina Cotton Mill Song *

    Malvina Reynolds, Ear to the Ground, Topical Songs 1960-1978
    Smithsonian Folkways 40124
    http://www.si.edu/folkways/40124.htm
    1. It Isn't Nice 2. On the Rim of the World 3. What Have They Done to the Rain?
    4. Look on the Sunny Side 5. The World's Gone Beautiful 6. Spoken Introduction to Little Boxes 7. Little Boxes 8. Little Red Hen 9. Dialectic 10. Bury Me in My Overalls
    11. There's a Bottom Below 12. The Little Mouse 13. Rosie Jane 14. The Money Crop
    15. Magic Penny 16. The Albatross 17. Skagit Valley Forever 18. Spoken Introduction to The Judge Said 19. The Judge Said 20. Mario's Duck 21. Caroline Cotton Mill Song
    22. Boraxo 23. This World

    Virgo Rising / The once and Future Woman / Thunderbird Records LP 7037
    Various Artists / Save The Children / Women Strike for Peace Records W-001


    WEBSITES:
    http://www.sisterschoice.com/
    http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/reynolds.html
    http://www.stolaf.edu/people/hend/songs/MalvinaReynolds.html
    http://www.musicweb.uk.net/encyclopaedia/r/R70.HTM
    http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=40846
    http://www.ocap.ca/lyrics.html
    http://www.theiceberg.com/artist.html?artist_id=25285


    BOOKS/SONG SOURCES/VIDEOS
    The Malvina Reynolds Songbook, 4th Ed. www.sisterschoice.com
    Schroder Music Co. & Sisters' Choice, 704 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710-1333

    Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
    by Malvina Reynolds      Oak Publishing Co. (out of print), 1964

    The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds
    by Malvina Reynolds, Oak Publishing Co. (out of print), 1967

    There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds, 1976
    Shroder Music Company published; order through www.sisterschoice.com

    Cheerful Tunes For Lutes And Spoons

    Tweedles And Foodles For Young Noodles order through www.sisterschoice.com

    Love it Like a Fool, Video Biography, http://www.sisterschoice.com/sporadic-4.html



    Other Recordings & Compilations on which Malvina's songs appear:
    RECORDINGS
    Tribute Album: Rosalie Sorrels, No Closing Chord, The Songs of Malvina Reynolds, RHR-CD-143 www.redhouserecords.com

    Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, (19.99), Label: Legacy Recordings,
    Distributor: Sony Music Distribution, (Little Boxes)

    Dogfight, (1991), Label: Nouveau (What Have They Done To The Rain)

    Bread & Roses: Festival Of Acoustic Music, Vol. 1, (1990) Label: Fantasy Records,
    Distributor: Fantasy (Little Boxes)

    Folk Classics: Roots Of American Folk Music, (1989), Label: Columbia, (Little Boxes)

    Washington Square Memoirs... 1950-70, (2001), Label: Rhino Records
    Distributor: WEA (Little Boxes)

    The Best of Broadside: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
    (What Have They Done To The Rain?; Little Boxes; The Faucets Are Dripping)
    http://www.folkways.si.edu/broadside/htdocs/reynolds.htm

    Other Folkways Recordings featuring Malvina's songs):
    What Now People, Vol. 3 - Paredon 02003

    American History in Ballad and Song Vol.2 - Folkways 05802 (The Delinquent; Too Many Bookmakers)

    We Won't Move: Songs of the Tenants' Movement, Malvina Reynolds, Folkways Recordings – 05287

    Reynolds wrote for children's TV shows incl. Sesame Street

    Others recording Malvina's Songs:
    Pete Seeger recorded five of her songs on God Bless The Grass '66, including the title song, 'The Faucets Are Dripping', 'Cement Octopus', 'From Way Up Here'.

    'What Have They Done To The Rain', recorded by Joan Baez and by the Seekers, who also covered 'Morningtown Ride'.

    'It Isn't Nice' about demonstrations was rewritten by Barbara Dane and recorded by Judy Collins.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Susanne (skw)
    Date: 19 Dec 02 - 06:23 PM

    More lyrics:

    Andorra
    I'm Quiet
    The Military Parade (as adapted by Rod Sinclair)


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    Subject: Add: MRS. CLARA SULLIVAN'S LETTER(Reynolds/Seeger)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 17 Dec 02 - 02:42 PM

    MRS. CLARA SULLIVAN'S LETTER
    (Malvina Reynolds & Pete Seeger)

    SPOKEN:
    Malvina Reynolds puts together many of her songs out of things she reads in the newspapers -- and this was directly made up from a letter written to a newspaper by a woman named Mrs. Clara Sullivan, down in the Eastern part of Kentucky where they been having the troubles in the coal mining area.
    So. Malvina called her song "Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter."


    Dear Mr. Editor, if you choose,
    Please send me a copy of the "Labor News;"
    I've got a son in the Infantry,
    And he'd be mighty glad to see
    That somebody somewhere, now and then,
    Thinks about the lives of the mining men
    In Perry County.

    In Perry County and here about,
    The miners simply had to go out.
    It was long hours, and substandard pay;
    Then they took our contract away.
    And now fourteen months is a mighty long time
    To face the goons on the picket line
    In Perry County.

    I'm twenty-six years, a miner's wife,
    There's nothing harder than a miner's life.
    But there's no better man than a mining man,
    You couldn't find better in all this land.
    The deal they get is a rotten deal,
    Mountain greens and gravy meal,
    In Perry County.

    We live in shacks that the rain comes in,
    While the operators live high as sin,
    Ride Cadillac cars, and drink like a fool,
    While our kids lack clothes to go to school.
    Sheriff Combs, he has it fine;
    He runs the law and owns a mine
    In Perry County.

    I believe, the truth will out some day
    That we're fighting for jobs at decent pay.
    Why, after work, my man comes in,
    With his wet clothes frozen to his skin.
    Diggin' coals, so the world can run
    And operators can have their fun
    In Perry County.

    Lyrics as performed by Pete Seeger, "The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert, June 8, 1963" (COLUMBIA CSK-45312), 1989; transcribed by Manfred Helfert.
    http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/parton/2/mrsclara.html


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 11 Nov 01 - 09:14 PM

    Wyo, the only Malvina CD I know about is the new one from Smithsonian/Folkways, Ear To The Ground. It's a good one. You can probably afford to also by the tribute CD by Rosalie Sorrels, No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds. CAMSCO will be glad to get them for you.
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: WyoWoman
    Date: 11 Nov 01 - 09:08 PM

    I've done "Rim of the World" for years -- in fact, it was the song that inspired me to learn how to yodel. But I have to say I had no idea she was so prolific.

    Just when I swear off buying MORE CDs ...

    If I wanted to get the most bang for my limited bucks, what should I buy that would give me a good selection of Malvina?

    Yeay for this thread!!!

    ww


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 11 Nov 01 - 08:48 PM

    Charley - I'm the guy who asked you to post "Bottom" - forgetting that I had already posted the lyrics in this thread. Sorry....

    I got a personal message asking for chords to "God Bless the Grass." Can anybody help with that? Be sure to put preformat tags <pre> before and </pre> after the part with the chords, so the spacing is right. I can type what's in Rise Up Singing, but I'm no guitarist.

    -Joe Offer-

    Here's what's in Rise Up Singing:
    Am - AmE Am / E - AmE Am / C Am C Am / F Am CD E / Am E Am -


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:31 PM

    You're right, Barb. I missed the reference to "There's a Bottom Below" in my general excitment.;-)


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Barbara
    Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:16 PM

    Nancy Schimmel, still telling stories and singing around the area, mostly in the womyn's community.

    I actually got to hear Malvina play "If You Love Me" on her piano on Parker Street shortly after she composed it. Good timing on my part. I shared a graphics studio a couple doors down, so I often walked by. That particular block of Parker Street was often called "the Anarchist's Block" because a house across from where my studio was had a large banner slung between the second floor windows that said "Anarchy". Mal's house was actually pretty well kempt and tame, tho I recall the interior as being all dark stained wood, and dark.

    One of the joys of living in Berkeley in the '70's was that I often ran into Malvina at fundraisers and singing circles and protests. I always thought she wrote "Rim of the World" about one of my housemates, tho she said it was a pastiche when I asked her, and I'm just about positive "Rosie Jane" is about Rosalie.
    She once came by to look at a guitar I had for sale, and stayed an hour or two, singing with us. She had just written the Cotton Mill Song at that point, and sang it for us.
    I think the words but not the chords to "When You think You've Hit Bottom" are in the links Joe copied from the site, Charlie. I always liked that song, and loved the way she would drop an octave (maybe) on the word "down".

    When I heard her sing the song about "One Little Mouse", I recall that she actually sang the F word, not "mucked" -- and I was shocked to hear it come out of the mouth of this little white haired lady.

    Couple more of my favorites are "No Hole In My Head" and "You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out".
    Blessings,
    Barbara


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:12 PM

    Hey, the cookie came back!

    Open Mike - you're thinking about Nancy Schimmel who among other things wrote that great alternative "Columbus" song.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: open mike
    Date: 09 Nov 01 - 11:17 AM

    I got to hear Malvina sing in Chico years ago. Wonderful to hear a white haired woman with such powerful statements! When Rosalie did her Malvina set live at Strawberry festival last spring that was the best in the whole weekend line-up! She and Utah Phillips have done a couple of sets at the Kate Wolf memorial fest. and they always do some Malvina songs. Malvina's daughter had a group in the bay area called Plum City Players. She is a story teller and children's performer. Can't remember her name--Nancy?


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Charley Noble without his cookie?
    Date: 09 Nov 01 - 08:46 AM

    Thinking back at the Ark evening when I heard Melvina singing this song, I can't help remembering my roommate Dana, one of those intense Vietnam War veterans sorting out his life as a theatre student, who was down in the dumps, had to drag him to this concert performed by "Who?" He ended up grinning from ear to ear.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: MichaelAnthony
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 11:50 PM

    thanks charley!


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Tinker
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 06:51 PM

    Charley !!!!THANK YOU !!!!

    There's a Bottom Below is on the Ear to the Ground CD I got at Getaway and I've been singing it cheerily to my Wall St husband ever since. I've been encouraging him to work it into a corporate analysis..BG Now I can play it for him too.....Love YA

    Tinker


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    Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW (Malvina Reynolds)
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 05:33 PM

    Weren't in the #%@ file cabinet; it was buried in a pile by the photocopier. Hope you're happy! Note: repaste in Word for correlating the chords

    THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW
    (Words and music by Malvina Reynolds, Schroder Music Co. 1970)

    Chorus:

    F---------------------------A
    Do you think you've hit bot-tom?
    F
    Do you think you've hit bot-tom?
    ----E
    Oh, no! There's a bot-tom be-low.

    E--------D
    There's a low be-low the low, you know;
    ------------------------------E------------------A
    You can't i-mag-ine how far you can go – DOWN! (CHO)


    Every once in a while you'll rise and glow,
    But that's only so they can let you go – DOWN! (CHO)

    You sit at a party and watch the fun,
    It don't touch you none 'cause you're off and gone – DOWN!(CHO)

    There's the nightmare kind where you fall and fall,
    And you wake to find you haven't been dreaming at all – DOWN! (CHO)

    (Repeat first verse and chorus)


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 04:33 PM

    You're a slavedriver, Joe. You don't know the file folders I have to go through. Sigh, well, soon it will be on the hard drive...


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 03:11 PM

    You betcha, Charley! Please post it here in this thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 08 Nov 01 - 09:05 AM

    Refresh! Still remember Melvina singing "You Think You've Hit Bottom" at the Ark in Ann Arbor back in the 1970's; I didn't catch that one on the lists above but I do have her songsheet. Any interest?


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: MichaelAnthony
    Date: 07 Nov 01 - 09:19 AM

    Thank you, Joe!


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Tedham Porterhouse
    Date: 07 Nov 01 - 09:05 AM

    Joe,

    Yes, "If You Love Me," sung and recorded by Rosalie Sorrels was, indeed, written by Malvina Reynolds. Rosalie says so in the credits to her "Miscellaneous Abstract Record No. 1."


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    Subject: If You Love Me - Malvina?
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 10:27 PM

    The Digital Tradition attributes If You Love Me to Rosalie Sorrels, but I'm 99.385 % sure it's Malvina who wrote it. Can anybody confirm this?
    Do we have a tune, MMario?
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 09:09 PM

    Then there's the long-last Malvina album I Hate Men featuring these classics:

    I Hate Men
    All Men Are Pigs
    My Daddy Was A Woman
    Go Down To Hell, All You Men
    Satan Lives in Men
    Little Wooden Boxes Are Good For Dead Men
    Hail Hail The Penis-Chopping Woman
    I Don't Need No Man To Bring Me My Mail
    If A Man Made It, I Don't Want It
    Jesus Was A Woman
    Woman Was Born To Hate Man
    Lizzie Borden Had The Right Idea
    All Men Should Be Locked Away
    If You're Baby's A Man, Throw It Out While You Can
    Man Is The Cause Of All The World's Trouble
    War Is A Good Way To Kill All Men


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    Subject: Lyrics ADD: Malvina Reynolds songs
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 08:47 PM

    Here are the lyrics posted at the Malvina Reynolds Website, at the link shown above.
    -Joe Offer-

    Ear to the Ground Song Lyrics

    Check out the Ear to the Ground page at Folkways which has audio for some of the songs. Album Notes: http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=2675

    THE ALBATROSS

    It is an ancient mariner
    Who stoppeth one of three.
    He killed the blessed albatross
    When he was out to sea,
    And the guilt it hangs about his neck,
    The same as you and me,
    Poor old sailor
    Who shot the gentle bird.

    I don't know why he shot him,
    The silly gooney duck,
    But if you shoot an albatross
    You sure are out of luck,
    For forever, ever, after
    It will hang around your neck.
    Poor old sailor
    Who shot the gentle bird.

    I also wear the albatross,
    The bird of guilt I bear,
    I shafted my best buddy
    In a moment of despair,
    And the guilt is always with me
    In my dreams and everywhere.
    Poor old sailor
    Who shot the gentle bird.

    Yet those that kill their thousands
    With napalm in the street,
    They live a good respected life
    And sleep an easy sleep,
    And they'd never shoot an albatross,
    It isn't good to eat.
    Poor old sailor,
    Who shot the gentle bird.

    So never kill a gooney bird
    Or knife your loving kin,
    And never burn a single soul,
    Be sure it's more than ten,
    And never do a stick-up,
    But gouge the world of men,
    And leave bad dreams to sailors
    Who kill the gentle bird.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1968


    BORAXO

    Boraxo, Boraxo
    The greatest stuff of all,
    Boraxo in the bathroom, detergents in the hall,
    Your dainty feet don't touch the street
    Like people poor and mean,
    And your conscience is washed clean
    With Boraxo.

    Chorus:
    It's all right, it's all right,
    If you're righteous it's all right,
    Tho you've had your hands in blood up to the elbow,
    You can always wash them clean with Boraxo.

    The cop shot the Rector on the roof,
    The cop is clear of blame,
    His uniform was spotless,
    His rifle was the same.
    The coppers carry dark wood clubs
    So blood can not be seen
    And they always wash them clean
    With Boraxo

    Chorus

    The student is protesting,
    The copper clubs his hair,
    His head is private property
    But no one seems to care,
    The happiness he's fighting for
    Is earth and life and green,
    And it can't be scoured clean
    With Boraxo

    Chorus

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1969 by Schroder Music Co, Renewed 1997


    BURY ME IN MY OVERALLS

    Bury me in my overalls,
    Don't use my gabardines.
    Bury me in my overalls
    Or in my beat-up jeans.
    Give my suit to Uncle Jake,
    He can wear it at my wake.
    And bury me in my overalls.

    The undertaker will get my dough,
    The grave will get my bones,
    And what is left will have to go
    For one of those granite stones,
    But this suit cost me two weeks pay
    So let it live another day,
    And bury me in my overalls.

    The grave it is a quiet place,
    There is no labor there,
    And I will rest more easy
    In the clothes I always wear,
    This suit was made for warmer climes,
    Holidays and happy times,
    So bury me in my overalls.

    I gave a hand to clear the land
    And make the cities rise,
    I helped to bring the harvest in
    And laid the railroad ties,
    I've boomed about from east to west,
    It's time I had a little rest,
    So bury me in my overalls.

    And when I get to heaven
    Where they tally work and sin,
    They'll open up those pearly gates
    And holler, “Come on in!
    A working stiff like you, we know,
    Has had his share of hell below,
    So come to glory in your overalls.”

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company, 1956


    CAROLINA COTTON MILL SONG

    Oh I love to get into my clean bed
    With the sheets so fair and white,
    And when I am in my clean bed
    I sleep through most of the night,
    And my dreams are hardly troubled
    By the worrying of my mind
    For the workers who die of the brown lung
    In the mills of Caroline.

    CHORUS Oh the mystical people, they think they are wise,
    With the smooth on their faces and stars in their eyes,
    But the truths of this system are spoken and sung
    By the workers who bear the brown lung.

    Oh it's Burlington and Stevens,
    And the names we wives know well,
    Who advertise the sheets and towels
    And give us the old soft sell,
    And they'd rather buy the government men
    With promotions here and there,
    Than pay out company profits
    For to clean the cotton mill air.

    CHORUS

    Oh some people talk of the yin and yang
    And walk in a karma daze,
    As though the influence of the stars
    Could change millowners ways,
    But the people who work in the cotton mills
    Know how the world is run,
    And they need some help of an earthly kind
    To live their time in the sun.

    CHORUS

    Oh the mystics they wear the blue jeans
    But their heads are in the stars,
    For they do not know how the denim is made
    Nor the years of workers' wars.
    And my place is not in an ivory tower
    Or seeking some power divine,
    But it's out on the bricks with the union folks
    At the mills in Caroline.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


    DIALECTIC

    It's hard to believe that people live in such palaces,
    With fine carved wood and carpets like clouds on the floor,
    And ride around in gold-plated automobiles
    With a flunky to drive and a flunky to open the door.
    It's hard to believe, but people do live that way.
    And that's why thousands live on the riverbank
    And have hardly enough to eat from day to day.

    It's hard to believe that thousands live in such shanties,
    Or are jammed into slums where we do not usually go,
    And they don't know how they'll make it to the next payday,
    If they have a payday, that is, when things get slow.
    It's hard to believe, but people do live that way,
    And that's why a few live in real palaces,
    And cannot spend money as fast as they get it,
    No matter how hard they try,
    Or how many houses and automobiles they buy.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1960


    IT ISN'T NICE

    It isn't nice to block the doorway
    It isn't nice to go to jail
    There are nicer ways to do it
    But the nice ways always fail
    It isn't nice, it isn't nice
    You told us once, you told us twice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    It isn't nice to carry banners
    Or to sit in on the floor
    Or to shout our cry of Freedom
    At the hotel and the store
    It isn't nice, it isn't nice
    You told us once, you told us twice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    We have tried negotiations
    And the three-man picket line,
    Mr. Charlie didn't see us
    And he might as well be blind.
    Now our new ways aren't nice
    When we deal with men of ice,
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    How about those years of lynchings
    And the shot in Evers' back?
    Did you say it wasn't proper
    Did you stand out on the track?
    You were quiet just like mice
    Now you say we aren't nice
    But if that is Freedom's price
    We don't mind.

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1964 by Schroder Music Company


    THE JUDGE SAID

    The judge said, Screw 'em,
    Boys, you're only human,
    They brought it on themselves
    By being born a woman.
    Like a mountain's there to climb
    And food's there to be eaten,
    Woman's there to rape
    To be shoved around and beaten.

    CHORUS:
    The judge took his position,
    The judge he wouldn't budge,
    So we've got out this petition
    And we're going to screw the judge.

    Now if you beat a horse or dog
    Or violate a bank,
    Simonson will haul you in
    And throw you in the clink,
    But violate a woman,
    Your equal and your peer,
    The judge will slap you on the wrist
    And lay the blame on her.

    CHORUS

    To draw a true conclusion
    From what Simonson has said,
    Woman has to live in fear
    And cover up her head.
    She has to dress in purdah
    And lock herself in cages.
    And this kinky judge in Madison
    Is from the Middle Ages.

    NEW CHORUS:
    The judge took his position,
    The judge he wouldn't budge,
    So we've got out this petition
    And we're going to dump the judge.

    Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home.
    Words by Malvina Reynolds. Copyright Schroder Music Company 1977


    LOOK ON THE SUNNY SIDE

    Look on the sunny side,
    Sugar's going up,
    Sugar it will poison you,
    Don't put it in your cup,
    Lay off the soda pop.
    Don't drink those colas,
    They'll eat away your molars
    And the googlies and the twinkies
    Will put you on the blinkies
    Pass 'em by,
    Also the pie.

    Chorus:

    Look on the sunny side,
    The sunny honey funny bunny side.

    Look on the sunny side,
    Gas is out of sight,
    Gasoline it fouls the air
    And dims the heavenly light,
    The blossoms get the blight.
    You'll do much better hiking it,
    Streaking it or biking it.
    If an auto is required
    On the job where you've been hired,
    Stay at home,
    Tell em you're tired.

    Chorus

    Look on the sunny side,
    Your old man left you flat.
    Your old man was a nuisance,
    He criticized your cat,
    He wore your favorite hat.
    When you felt like you were dyin
    He'd split and leave you cryin,
    When you did not need him there,
    He'd be crawlin in your hair,
    Pass him by,
    Also the pie.

    Chorus

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Co. 1974


    LITTLE BOXES

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds

    Little boxes on the hillside,
    Little boxes made of ticky tacky
    Little boxes on the hillside,
    Little boxes all the same,
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.

    And the people in the houses
    All went to the university
    Where they were put in boxes
    And they came out all the same
    And there's doctors and lawyers
    And business executives
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.

    And they all play on the golf course
    And drink their martinis dry
    And they all have pretty children
    And the children go to school,
    And the children go to summer camp
    And then to the university
    Where they are put in boxes
    And they come out all the same.

    And the boys go into business
    And marry and raise a family
    In boxes made of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same,
    There's a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they're all made out of ticky tacky
    And they all look just the same.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1962, Schroder Music Company


    THE LITTLE MOUSE

    A little mouse got into the wires
    At the central clearing house in Buenos Aires
    One little mouse short-circuited the computers,
    Says a press dispatch from Reuters
    Hooray for the little mouse,
    That mucked up the clearing house,
    And threw the stock exchange in a spin
    And made the bankers cry.
    So much for the electronic brains,
    That run the world of banks and aeroplanes,
    And if one little mouse can set them all awry,
    Why not you and I?

    Then there was another item in the papers
    About a banks computers
    That messed up the accounts
    So the farmer's checks all bounced,
    So his business fell apart.
    And it nearly broke his heart.
    So he took the bank to court
    And they gave him an award
    Of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
    The bank appealed and on due consideration,
    The higher court doubled the compensation.
    So if a computer does it to you,
    You can sue
    Or chew the wires through.

    Repeat first verse.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


    THE LITTLE RED HEN

    The little red hen found a grain of wheat,
    Said “This looks good enough to eat
    But I'll plant it instead, make me some bread,”
    Said to the other guys down the street,
    “Who will help me plant this wheat?”

    Chorus:

    “Not I!” said the dog and the cat,
    “Not I!” said the mouse and the rat,
    “I will then,” said the Little Red Hen,
    And she did.

    Well the sun shone bright, the rain it blew,
    The grain of wheat it grew and grew,
    It began to sprout, headed out,
    Till it was ripe enough,
    Said, “Who will help me harvest this stuff?”

    Chorus

    She lugged it to the miller to grind to flour,
    Cause the others would offer her no manpower,
    And at baking time, they all declined
    To help her with the job;
    They were a dog gone no-good mob.

    Chorus

    The bread looked good and smelled so fine
    The others came running and fell in line;
    “We'll do our part with all our heart
    To help you eat this chow!”
    She said, “I do not need you now.

    “I planted and hoed this grain of wheat,
    Them that works not, shall not eat,
    That's my credo,” the little bird said,
    And that's why they called her Red.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1965


    MAGIC PENNY

    Love is something if you give it away,
    Give it away, give it away,
    Love is something if you give it away,
    You end up having more.

    It's just like a magic penny,
    Hold it tight and you won't have any.
    Lend it, spend it and you'll have so many
    They'll roll all over the floor, for

    Chorus

    Money's dandy and we like to use it
    But love is better if you don't refuse it,
    It's a treasure and you'll never lose it
    Unless you lock up your door, for

    Chorus

    So let's go dancing till the break of day
    And if there's a piper, we can pay
    For love is something if you give it away
    You end up having more.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Northern Music Co. 1955, 1958


    MARIO'S DUCK

    Mario had a little pet duck,
    They couldn't afford a dog or a cat,
    But a duck needs only scraps to eat,
    Though scraps were the family's principal meat.
    Mario's father was God knows where.
    After a drunk he would stagger in,
    Out of work and in despair,
    To brood and curse and be gone again.

    Mother washed fine clothes every day
    For the rich people, for little pay,
    Seven kids she raised alone,
    And Mario was the youngest one.
    This was in Chile some years ago,
    When the people were poor as they are now.
    Allende tried to change things round
    But the CIA's Junta shot him down.

    The story that I am telling you
    Happened in Chile a while ago,
    Mario walking a dusty road
    Looking for rags or a scrap of food.
    But there as he walked along his way
    Somebody's duck that had gone astray
    Followed him down around the bend
    And took the boy for his brother and friend.

    The farmer laughed and let him go,
    But Mario's mother said, “Oh no!
    We can't afford pets in the barrio.”
    “I'll find him his food,” said Mario.
    Everyone smiled at the funny two,
    The little duck went where the boy would go,
    They played all day by the cabin door
    And slept on the pallet on the floor

    As if there weren't troubles to spare,
    Alicia gets pregnant, Alicia the fair,
    And how can they marry with no place to go?
    There are no more rooms in the barrio.
    But mama manages everything,
    A wedding dress and a wedding ring.
    Two satin sheets that got lost somehow
    In the washing, become the wedding gown.

    The wedding ring is a silver band
    That once graced mamacita's hand,
    And a room is made out of boards and tin
    Built onto the hut that they all lived in.
    The wedding bouquet was Mario's find,
    Field flowers of every kind,
    Pretty and bright and arranged with taste
    To hide Alicia's swelling waist.

    And what did they have for the wedding feast
    For the bride and the guests and the village priest?
    It was Mario's duck, with the feathers gone,
    Crowning the table, roasted brown!
    What a strange wedding they had that day,
    Eating and drinking and all so gay,
    And Mario, crying, up in the tree
    Throwing rocks at the company.

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


    THE MONEY CROP

    Well money has its own way,
    And money has to grow,
    It grows on human blood and bone
    As any child would know.
    It's iron stuff and paper stuff
    With no life of its own,
    And so it gets its growing sap
    From human blood and bone.

    Many a child goes hungering
    Because the wage is low,
    And men die on the battlefield
    To make the money grow.
    And those that take the money crop
    Are avid without end,
    They plant it in the tenements
    To make it grow again.

    The little that they leave for us
    It cannot be a seed,
    We spend it on the shoddy clothes
    And every daily need,
    We spend it in a minute,
    In an hour it is gone,
    To find its way to grow again
    On human blood and bone,
    Blood and bone.

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1966, Schroder Music Co.


    ON THE RIM OF THE WORLD

    She inches along on the rim of the world,
    Always about to go over,
    How she can manage I never will know,
    To get from one day to the other.
    Scrounging a buck or a bed
    Or the share of a roof for her head,
    This nobody's child, this precarious girl,
    Who lives on the rim of the world.

    She looks like a princess in somebody's rags,
    She dreams of a world without danger,
    Climbing a stair to a room of her own
    With someone who isn't a stranger,
    But now she eats what she can,
    And accepts what there is for a man,
    This nobody's child, this precarious girl,
    Who lives on the rim of the world.

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Co. 1973


    ROSIE JANE

    This song is addressed to my sisters.
    Any man who is present may listen,
    Any priest, any public official, any physician.
    But it gives him no license to touch us,
    We make the decision.
    Me and Lydia, Josie and Rosie and Eve,
    We handle this matter ourselves, you'd better believe,
    Or you'd better leave.

    CHORUS

    Rosie Jane, are you pregnant again? Rosie Jane,
    You can hardly take care of the four you had before.
    What in heaven's name were you thinking of!
    Rosie Jane, was it love?

    I had an extra shot, on top of what I'd got,
    In a word I was drunk, so was Bill.
    At least I think it was Bill, and I'd forgot to take my pill.
    I guess it was God's will.

    CHORUS

    When that baby is a child, it will suffer from neglect,
    Be picked upon and pecked, and run over and wrecked,
    And its head will be crowned with the thorn,
    But while it's inside her it must remain intact,
    And it cannot be murdered till it's born.

    CHORUS

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1973


    SKAGIT VALLEY FOREVER

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds

    There's a fine green valley not far from Vancouver,
    Home of the black bear, the marten and the cougar.
    It's the tree-rich valley where the Skagit River flows,
    A home for God's creatures since Heaven only knows.

    CHORUS
    Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
    Ray Williston is selling you away,
    Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
    They would turn you to a mud-pond
    To run the Coca-Cola coolers
    In Seattle U.S.A.

    Well, the parks are getting fewer, the trees are getting thin,
    The cities all are reaching out to take the wildwood in,
    And the world is getting poorer with every mile they clear
    And they'd sell our Skagit acres for five dollars fifty cents a year.

    CHORUS

    Oh my sisters and my brothers in this shining northern land,
    It's time to get together and take each other's hand
    And ring around the wilderness to keep the gangs away
    Who would ravage our sweet country for a shameful pocketful of pay.

    CHORUS
    Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
    No grabber will have you for a prize,
    Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
    We'll let no vandal drown you,
    We'll keep you as we found you,
    British Columbia's forest paradise.

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1970


    THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW

    CHORUS
    Do you think you've hit bottom?
    Do you think you've hit bottom? Oh no.
    There's a bottom below.

    There's a low below
    The low you know.
    You can't imagine
    How far you can go
    Down.

    CHORUS

    Every once in a while
    You'll rise and glow.
    But that's only so
    They can let you go
    Down.

    CHORUS

    You sit at a party
    And watch the fun,
    It don't touch you none
    Cause you're off and gone
    Down.

    CHORUS

    There's a nightmare kind
    Where you fall and fall
    And you wake to find
    You haven't been dreaming
    At all.

    CHORUS

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1970


    WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN?

    Just a little rain, falling all around,
    The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound,
    Just a little rain, just a little rain,
    What have they done to the rain?

    Just a little boy, standing in the rain,
    The gentle rain that falls for years,
    And the grass is gone, the boy disappears,
    And rain keeps falling like helpless tears,
    And what have they done to the rain?

    Just a little breeze out of the sky,
    The leave pat their hands as the breeze goes by,
    Just a little breeze with some smoke in its eye,
    What have they done to the rain?

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1962, Schroder Music Co.


    THIS WORLD

    Baby, I ain't afraid to die,
    It's just that I hate to say goodbye
    to this world, this world, this world.
    This old world is mean and cruel,
    But still I love it like a fool, this world,
    this world, this world.

    I'd rather go to the corner store
    Than sing hosannah on that golden shore,
    I'd rather live on Parker Street
    Than fly around where the angels meet.
    Oh, this old world is all I know,
    It's dust to dust when I have to go
    from this world, this world, this world.

    Somebody else will take my place,
    Some other hands, some other face,
    Some other eyes will look around
    And find the things I've never found
    Don't weep for me when I am gone,
    Just keep this old world rolling on,
    this world, this world, this world.

    Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright 1961, Schroder Music Co.


    WORLD GONE BEAUTIFUL

    The world's gone beautiful
    Because it's about to die.
    I never saw such flower faces
    Or so intent a sky.
    I never heard such lines
    From horns or violins,
    Or saw such lavish girls, such dandy boys,
    And I know why.
    It's that the world is asking not to die.

    I never saw such hands
    Flexing like silver leaves,
    I never knew such air,
    Or leaned to so good a breeze.
    Even the tears I cry,
    They aren't salt but clear,
    For seabirds riding the wind, calling their last,
    Their wild goodbye.
    The world is asking not to die.

    I want to hold this world
    And never let it go,
    I want the sun to always rise
    On the kids next door.
    Whether I go or stay,
    That question still abides,
    Posed by rainbows in the river spray.
    What answer do you give
    A world that asks so bitterly to live?

    Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
    Copyright Schroder Music Company 1969


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    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 05:03 PM

    Thanks for the posts. The Malvina site is great, and I'll be checking the other links soon.

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    Subject: Index: Malvina Reynolds Songbooks
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:47 PM

    Here goes:

    The Malvina Reynolds Songbook (2nd edition, 1974)
    The Albatross
    Backyard Blues (music by Jack Lyons - & some words)
    The Ballad of Robban’s First Ride
    The Battle of Maxton Field
    The Bloody Neat
    Bury Me In My Overalls
    The Cement Octopus
    DDT on my Brain (apparently deleted from this edition)
    Daddy’s In the Jail
    The Day the Freeeway Froze
    The Desert
    The Devil’s Baptizin
    Dialectic
    The Emperor’s Nightingale
    Fantastic Man
    The Faucets Are Dripping
    The Fragile Sea
    From Way Up Here (music by Pete Seeger)
    God Bless the Grass
    Green Shadows
    I Don’t Have Anything
    I Wish You Were Here
    It Isn’t Nice
    Let It Be
    Let Them Eat Cake
    Little Boxes
    The Little Red Hen
    Magic Penny
    The Money Crop
    Morningtown Ride
    Mrs. Clara Sullivan’s Letter (music by Pete Seeger)
    The New Restaurant
    No Hole In My Head
    No Room
    On the Rim of the World
    The Pied Piper
    Quiet
    Rand Hymn
    Rosie Jane
    Singin Jesus
    Skagit Valley Forever
    Somewhere Between
    There’ll Come a Time
    There’s a Bottom Below
    This House Is Your House
    This World
    Tokyo Farewell
    Tungsten
    Turn Around (Words & Music by Malvina Reynolds & Alan Greene)
    Uneasy Dreams
    The Walker Outside
    We Can Stop Here
    We Hate To See Them Go
    The Whale
    What Have They Done to the Rain
    Wheels
    World Gone Beautiful
    You’ll Be A Man
    If You Love Me
    Look On the Sunny Side
    Carolina Cotton Mill Song
    We Don’t Need the Men
    World In Their Pocket


    Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs (1964)
    Alone
    Andorra (music by Pete Seeger)
    Battle of Maxton Field
    Billy Boy
    Black Horse
    Bring Flowers
    Bury Me In My Overalls (DT)
    Count Ten
    Dialectic (see below)
    Don't Talk To Me of Love
    Do Something Wrong (music traditional)
    Eight Candles
    Faucets Are Dripping
    From Way Up Here (music by Pete Seeger)(DT)
    I Live In A City
    I Wish You Were Here
    In Bethlehem
    Johnny Built A House
    Let It Be
    Let Us Come In (Party Crasher's Carol)
    Little Boxes (DT)
    Little Land
    Magic Penny (DT)
    Morningtown Ride^^
    Nobody
    Oh, Doctor
    One of the Family
    Patchwork of Dreams
    Pied Piper
    Place to Be
    Preedle Proddle
    Quiet
    Rand Hymn
    Sally Don't You Grieve (music by Woody Guthrie)
    Sausalito Fire
    Sing Along
    Somewhere Between
    Temptation
    The Desert
    The Emperor's Nightingale
    The Little Mermaid
    The Miracle
    The Moment
    The Pets
    There'll Come A Time
    This World (see below)
    Turn Around (words & music by Malvina Reynolds & Alan Greene)(DT)
    Upside Down
    We Don't Need The Men
    We Hate to See Them Go (DT)
    What Have They Done to the Rain? (DT)
    Where Is The Little Street (adapted from Russian (Yiddish?) folk song)
    You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out



    The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds (1967)
    Born in the Town
    Singin Jesus
    The Money Crop (DT)
    The Delinquent
    Run, Run, the Tree Is Falling
    The Falling Tree
    The Lambeth Children O
    Ring Like A Bell
    God Bless the Grass
    I Believe
    This House is Your House
    The Man Says Jump
    No Hole In My Head
    Bitter Rain
    A Short History of Warfare
    The Devil's Baptizin'
    I Don't Mind Failing
    The Highway
    We Can Stop Here
    The New Restaurant^^
    The Cement Octopus
    The Day The Freeway Froze
    Seventy Miles (music by Pete Seeger)
    I Don't Understand
    It Isn't Nice^^
    What's Goin On Down There
    The Little Red Hen (check this)
    The Boy Salutes (DT)
    Jail House Buddy
    Rail Birds
    Don't Push Me
    They've Got Everything
    The Bloody Neat
    Money Blues
    Where Did My Money Go?
    Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter (music by Pete Seeger)(posted below)
    I Lived Through This Day
    Sleep, Come On By
    A White and Orange Aeroplane
    Red Bird
    Jeannie
    The Tour of the Irish Fusiliers
    Shaggy Baggy Man
    I Don't Care About You
    Uneasy Dreams
    Say Something Nice
    The Corners of Your Mind
    This Dream I Have
    The Soul of an Onion
    Never Argue With a Bee
    The Good Ship O'Connor (music traditional)
    Down to Hanson's
    Jenny Appleseed
    All Over Everything
    Little Kids
    Judy's Song

    Inscriptions on a Ginger Jar
    Sorrow is a Curse
    Morrison Building, U. C.
    Bookmark for a Gideon Bible
    Dialectics
    Birthday Card
    Atonal
    Stocktaking
    Runners in the Street
    Nativity



    There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds (1976)
    The Alameda Mountains
    All Over Everything
    Artichokes
    Black Horse
    The Desert
    Don't Push Me
    Early in the Morning
    Eight Candles
    Everybody Says
    Eight Candles
    Faucets Are Dripping
    From Way Up Here (music by Pete Seeger)(DT)
    Galaxy
    God Bless the Grass
    Green Shadows
    Griddle Cakes
    I Live in a City
    If You Love Me (in DT - shown as by Rosalie Sorrels)
    If You Want a Friend
    It's Up to You
    I've Got a Song
    Jenny Appleseed
    Johnny Built a House
    Kennebunkport
    The Lambeth Children
    Let It Be
    Let Us Come In
    Little Boxes (DT)
    Magic Penny (DT)
    Magical Song
    Morningtown Ride^^
    My Street
    Never Argue With a Bee
    Never Touch a Singing Bird
    The New Restaurant
    Non-Ads (words by Malvina Reynolds & Nancy Schimmel, music by Malvina Reynolds)
    Nothing to Say
    Pea Soup Song
    The Pets
    Place To Be
    Preedle Proddle
    Quiet
    The Rigatoni Song
    Ring Like a Bell
    Run Run the Tree Is Falling
    Skagit Valley
    Sweet Stuff
    There'll Come a Time
    There's Music in the Air
    Timing Nancy's Nap
    Turn Around (words & music by Malvina Reynolds & Alan Greene)(DT)
    The Whale
    What Have They Done to the Rain? (DT)
    What Time Is It?
    Wheels
    You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out


    Unless otherwise noted, words and music are by Malvina Reynolds. Copyright for most songs is held by Schroder Music Co., but I didn't take the time to note the few exceptions. I can look up copyright information if you need it. -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: Malvina Reynolds
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:23 PM

    The home page makes mention of a Smitsononian/Folkways recording called Ear to the Ground, a collection of 23 cuts recorded by Malvina. Rosalie Sorrels canme out with a Malvina tribute CD called No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds. Bot of these CD's are good, but I prefer the one by Malvina herself. Click here for more information about these recordings. There are some Malvina songbooks click here, butAmazon lists them as "special order," which often means they're out of print and unavailable. Oak Publications had a couple of gems, Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs (1964) and The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds (1967). In 1976, Malvina's Shroder Music Company published There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds. You may be able to find these by checking the used book merchants like Bookfinder. Sorry, my copies aren't for sale, but I'm willing to post lyrics for any of the songs. I'll post the songbook indexes later.

    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Hollowfox
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:11 PM

    Try Dick Greenhaus's company, Camsco (which will benefit him, you, and Mudcat/DT), or try Front Hall Records. Sorry I'm not computer-literate enough to do a blue clicky.
    Links added by clicky-elves - JRO


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Sorcha
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 02:39 PM

    Malvina's Home Page


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    Subject: Everything Malvina!
    From: MichaelAnthony
    Date: 06 Nov 01 - 02:34 PM

    Man, do I need a Malvina Reynolds fix. I love her voice, and her songs (that I've heard or read.)

    I want to get a copies of You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out, God Bless the Grass...already have Little Boxes on a compilation somewhere.

    I've been checking CDnow etc for cd's...not sure what to invest in. I want everything so I don't miss any gems (maybe they all are). Also interested in books, biographies, etc. And stories of having met her.

    Thanks, Michael


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