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Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin / Susanna Martin

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SUSANNA MARTIN
THE RIFLEMEN'S SONG AT BENNINGTON


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Subject: Suzannah Martin
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 02 - 11:28 PM


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Subject: Lyr Add: SUSANNA MARTIN
From: alison
Date: 01 Feb 02 - 12:07 AM

I'm sure its in the database but I can't get the search engine to work at the moment so here you are...

SUSANNA MARTIN Arr Liza Kay

Susanna Martin was a witch who dwelt in Amesbury
With brilliant eye and saucy tongue she worked her sorcery
And when into the judges court the sheriffs brought her hither
The lilacs drooped as she passed by
And then were seen to wither

A witch she was, though trim and neat with comely head held high
It did not seem that one as she with Satan so would lie
And when in court the afflicted ones proclaimed her evil ways
She laughed aloud and boldly then
Met Cotton Mathers gaze

"Hast thou bewitched these maids," he asked, and strong was her reply
"If they be dealing in black arts, ye know as well as I"
And then the afflicted ones made moan as she approached near
They saw her shaped upon the beam
So none could doubt 'twas there

The neighbors 'round swore to the truth of her Satanic powers
That she could fly o'er land and stream and come dry shod through showers
At night, twas said, she had appeared as a cat or fearsome being
"Avoid she-devil,"they had cried
To keep their spirits clean

The spectral evidence was weighed, and stern the parson spoke
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live, tis written in the Book"
Susanna Martin so accused, spoke with flaming eyes
"I scorn these things for they are naught
But filthy gossips lies"

Now those bewitched, they cried aloud, and loud their voice did ring
they saw a bird above her head, an evil yellow thing
And so, beneath a summer sky, Susanna Martin died
And still in scorn she faced the rope
Her comely head held high

Repeat 1st verse

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: alison
Date: 01 Feb 02 - 03:04 AM

supersearch is working again... and it is in the dt

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: MMario
Date: 01 Feb 02 - 08:15 AM

missing the tune, I do believe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 01 Feb 02 - 01:20 PM

It's uncredited in the DT. According to this site, "By John Allison and Claudine Langille of the band Touchstone, first recorded on their album The New Land." They have an MP3 of a performance by Liza Kay.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 01 Feb 02 - 08:37 PM

I have Touchstone's version of it and I have to say I dig Claudine Langille's voice. How true the lyrics were remains debatable. My research indicates that Susannah Martin was in her sixties and the rest of it might well be true. I believe the jacket notes stated that the lyrics were taken from the court transcripts. I guess even in 1692 they couldn't bring themselves to admit they were persecuting old women. None the less, it's a great song. Kindest regards, Neil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 10:02 AM

Does anyone have the album Witches and War Whoops? I swear the song is on it, but my copy of the album seems to be hiding from me at the moment.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 10:11 AM

Well, as soon as I posted that, the album came out from hiding. Susanna Martin (that's how it's spelled) IS on the album, recorded in 1962. Witches and War-Whoops contains songs collected and sung by John Allison. It's on Folkways FH5211 A.

I'll have a listen later and see if they lyrics are similar/the same as the one in the DT and above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Peg
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 10:11 AM

I think portraying Suzannah as an attractive younger woman makes it a completely different song; certainly more romantic. Yet if one thinks about the gender implications of the witch trials in Europe and Colonial America (which have really only received intensive study and commentary in recent years; sex was not a major factor in earlier studies), one of the very significant facts of this phenomenon has to do with the prejudice against older women: their invisibility, their threat to community cohesiveness (because of their solitude or intractability or need for care from non-family members as they approached advanced age), and in MANY cases their access to the property of their dead husbands...which, frequently, they would choose to bequeath to the families of second husbands, and not the children or relatives of their FIRST husbands...in many cases in the Colonies (not necessarily Salem, which was a whole other kettle of fish) the accusations were motivated by land appropriation...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 06:27 PM

I still haven't listened to the album, but Desert Dancer said it was by John Allison and Claudine Langille. The site DD linked to has a link to MP3.com which calls the song traditional. It's probably the same John Allison who recorded my album, so it's probably the same song.

There's another song on the album about Goody Nurse. I haven't heard for a while, but I remember it being a lot more in touch with the truth


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Barry Finn
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 09:53 PM

Tune was by Claudine Langille, a real guttsy singer & fine banjo player. Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Feb 02 - 10:05 PM

Barry, how do you know she wrote the tune? I can't find anything except "traditional." Maybe she wrote a newer tune? I don't remember being that impressed by the one on the album.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: lamarca
Date: 04 Feb 02 - 11:00 AM

My memory from talking to Claudine was that John Allison collated court transcripts and wrote the words to Susannah Martin, and Claudine set it to a tune. If Allison had a tune of his own, perhaps Claudine hadn't heard it or didn't like it. Sally Rogers recorded Claudine's setting, too. I've been singing it for almost 20 years, and like it a whole lot!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 04 Feb 02 - 03:37 PM

It's a great song. I have Touchstone's version but the other does intrigue me. As I remember from my readings on the Salem witch trials many of the accusations were politically based meaning that there was land disputes etc going on. The initial accusations were made by two or three girls from well to do families who blamed a Caribeean born slave named Tituba. Tituba,, understandably, confessed and implicated others to save her neck. If memory serves, those who confessed were not put to death and suffered little if any punishment save possibly losing land. In the cases of Susanna Martin, Goody Nurse and the Coreys among others. They refused to confess to something they were not guilty of Martin, Nurse and Mrs. Corey were hung. Giles Corey was pressed to death. The witch hunt finally ended when someone accused the governor's wife of witchcraft. Hutchinson finally put an end to the trials in 1694 and I believe approximately ten years later the Salem judges in charge of the trials apologized for using "excessive zeal in vanquishing God's enemies." Have a lovely evening all, Neil


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Feb 02 - 05:42 PM

Thanks, lamarca. I'm working with very limited information - just the record. (I bought it used, hence, not even a jacket.) All it says is "Early New England ballads collected and sung by John Allison." Of course, back then, I believe copyrights weren't always identified...or claimed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin / Susanna Martin
From: GUEST,Dave
Date: 03 Apr 10 - 01:40 PM

I have the record and the song is on it and it has the jacket with it and the words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Suzannah Martin / Susanna Martin
From: GUEST,Jeffrey J Stark
Date: 25 Feb 17 - 03:26 PM

If anyone is truly interested in the story their is a book by a Marin called "A Witch in the Family." I am a descendant of Susannah North Martin. Allot of extraneous matters in the book but it tells the story.
I also visited Salem last summer and actually found the land she owned, in Amesbury, and their is a rather large stone marker dedicated to her.
The street is aptly known as North Martin St. The cul de sac is where her farm was. I also located the spot where she was hanged. Anyone interested in contacting me can at tucker6951@yahoo.com


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