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Origin: Scarlet Ribbons

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rdea@seark.net 28 Feb 98 - 02:18 PM
Alice 28 Feb 98 - 06:13 PM
rdea@seark.net 01 Mar 98 - 12:51 PM
Reid (Faded Denim) 01 Mar 98 - 12:58 PM
Bruce O. 01 Mar 98 - 01:54 PM
Alice 01 Mar 98 - 05:25 PM
Joe Offer 01 Mar 98 - 06:42 PM
Alice 01 Mar 98 - 07:00 PM
16 Jul 98 - 10:34 PM
mk 16 Jul 98 - 10:39 PM
Alice 17 Jul 98 - 01:07 AM
dick greenhaus 17 Jul 98 - 12:45 PM
Barbara 17 Jul 98 - 08:32 PM
rich r 17 Jul 98 - 09:34 PM
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Subject: Scarlet Ribbons
From: rdea@seark.net
Date: 28 Feb 98 - 02:18 PM

Anyone know the origin or story behind song? All I can find is "traditional."


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Alice
Date: 28 Feb 98 - 06:13 PM

When I saw this thread title, I thought, "no sweat, I know these lyrics by heart".... but when I saw you wanted the writer, I had to dig through the trunk of notebooks and file folders to find my copy of the music. It is not traditional. The lyrics are by Jack Segal, music by Evelyn Danzig, copyright 1949 by Mills Music, Inc. The singer I most associate this with is Bing Crosby.

Alice, in montana


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: rdea@seark.net
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 12:51 PM

Hi Alice in Montana and thanks! I've been wondering about this for a long time. I am really surprised that the date is 1949. Thought it would be a lot older! I think I read somewhere that Harry Belafonte was the first to record it...not sure. To me it is one of the sweetest, saddest songs. Can hardly sing it without tears. My sister raised her girls on this song and at Christmas time , a beautiful arrangement of scarlet ribbons are found under their pillows though they may be hundreds of miles away. In song, Rebecca


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Reid (Faded Denim)
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 12:58 PM

Alice and Rebecca I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who loves this song. I always sing it with heartfelt emotion, soft and gentle, and I can always count on some tears from my audience (and sometimes from me too). It's a great song that I learned from an old Harry B. record. Thanks for the origin notes. Reid


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Bruce O.
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 01:54 PM

According to 'Pop Memories' Jo Stafford's rendition made it to #14 on the hit parade in Jan., 1950, and Harry Belafonte's to #30 in Dec. 1952.


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Alice
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 05:25 PM

I must have seen a movie with Bing singing this song, (or else my memory is playing tricks on me), anyone know if he did? I have a website bookmarked on Bing Crosby, but this is not on the list of songs. Just seems like one of the sweet sentimental types that he would sing. alice


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 06:42 PM

Well, Alice, I couldn't find a Der Bingel recording of "Scarlet Ribbons." I searched CD Now, and found albums with the song from the following artists: Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Brothers Four, Jim Ed Brown & The Browns, Alasdiar Gillies, Kingston Trio, John Macnally, Tommy Makem, Men They Couldn't Hang, Nrbq, Sinead O'Connor, Patti Page, Jo Stafford, Lawrence Welk, Roger Whittaker, Glenn Yarbrough. Hmmm...many are from performers that the unwashed among us would call "folk"....does that mean it's a folk song?
-Joe Offer, feeling incorrigible today-


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Subject: Lyr Add: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SLEEP
From: Alice
Date: 01 Mar 98 - 07:00 PM

Who knows, Joe, maybe my brain is just getting old. I could have gotten it mixed up with this one.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SLEEP
(Irving Berlin)

Both Bing and Rosemary Clooney had hit versions of this song from their 1954 movie White Christmas. Bing's recording was made May 4, 1954, accompanied by the Joseph Lilly Orchestra. It hit the Billboard charts in December for 3 weeks, peaking at No. 27. "Count Your Blessings" was the 11th song introduced by Bing to be nominated for an Academy Award.

When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings

My apologies for posting a non-trad. You must admit, the tunes for Scarlet Ribbons and Count Your Blessings are similar. alice


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Date: 16 Jul 98 - 10:34 PM


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: mk
Date: 16 Jul 98 - 10:39 PM

I had a record of Harry Belefonte that included "scarlet Ribbons" but it is no longer with me. I wish I could find another record-CD or whatever. Anyone know a source? My copy was on RCA label. Murray


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Alice
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 01:07 AM

Murray, just refer to the list from CD Now (order on the internet) that Joe Offer posted on this thread back in March. alice


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 12:45 PM

I don't know if any musicologists noticed, but the tune for Scarlet Ribbons is a simple modal variant of the popular tune for "The Grey Silkie".


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: Barbara
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 08:32 PM

Hey, cool, Dick. I think. You're right, and you've either improved Scarlett Ribbons or spoiled the Grey Silkie for me. (grin). Barbara


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Subject: RE: Scarlet Ribbons
From: rich r
Date: 17 Jul 98 - 09:34 PM

Joe,

You forgot to list The Kingston Trio , another one of those "folk " groups, as having recorded the song. The Great Silkie, hmmmm, what kind of a medley would that make? Getting pretty far off the track, The Secret of Roan Innish is an entertaining movie that features silkies.

rich r


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