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What song is this? (Close the Minstrel Show)

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BEFORE THEY CLOSE THE MINSTREL SHOW
CAPTAIN HANLEY AND SWEET MAZIE
DEATH OF JOHN KENNEDY
DEVIL IN THE GARDEN
HONEST FARMER or BOLL WEEVIL
KISSING SONG
LONESOME ROBIN
PATRICK SPENCER
RED RANSOM
VALLEY FORGE
VANDY VANDY
WEAVER BIRD
WISH TO THE LORD I'D NEVER BEEN BORN


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kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org 18 Jun 98 - 11:13 PM
Jenny 19 Jun 98 - 12:52 AM
dick greenhaus 19 Jun 98 - 04:04 AM
Kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org 19 Jun 98 - 11:27 AM
harpgirl 20 Jun 98 - 12:46 PM
Joe Offer 20 Jun 98 - 06:14 PM
Barbara 21 Jun 98 - 05:06 PM
kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org 22 Jun 98 - 11:04 AM
Barbara 22 Jun 98 - 11:18 AM
Jenny 23 Jun 98 - 01:09 AM
camsco@camsco.com 23 Jun 98 - 09:33 AM
Wally Macnow 23 Jun 98 - 09:55 AM
kiwi 23 Jun 98 - 06:13 PM
29 Jun 98 - 08:21 AM
Richard Wright 29 Jun 98 - 08:58 PM
Barry Finn 29 Jun 98 - 09:46 PM
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Subject: What song is this?
From: kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org
Date: 18 Jun 98 - 11:13 PM

I was recently at a local concert by Mike Agranoff, a NJ folk musician. He sang a beautiful little piece that's the signature piece of the Minstrel Coffeehouse.. anyone know what it is or who sings it? The chorus is:

Lay me down Carolina, lay me down Don't wanna wake up in the morning no more Sing me one old, sad song For this one last old time Before they close the minstrel shows.

Sla/n, Kiwi


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Jenny
Date: 19 Jun 98 - 12:52 AM

I'm not familiar with the lyrics, but they sound haunting. I hope someone picks up the thread and can help.


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 19 Jun 98 - 04:04 AM

You can get familiar with the lyrics (and the tune) by looking it up in the Digital Tradition database. Try a search on [minstrel show]


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org
Date: 19 Jun 98 - 11:27 AM

Jenny - oh, it's beautiful and haunting. I heard it in an intimate little setting, just about a dozen and a half of us and the folk singer with a guitar... it's wistful and gives you goosebumps.

Dick greenhaus - thanks much.. I'll go do a search right away!

Sla/n, Kiwi


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: harpgirl
Date: 20 Jun 98 - 12:46 PM

It is Before They Close the Minstrel Show, if that helps ...harpgirl


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jun 98 - 06:14 PM

It doesn't seem like this song would fit her style, but Jean Redpath did a wonderful recording of it. You should be able to find it by doing a song title search at one of the online CD sales places, like www.tunes.com.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Barbara
Date: 21 Jun 98 - 05:06 PM

Can't remember now if the story is on Bob's album or I heard it from Ed, but according to one of them Bob Coltman, the song's author, had the chorus kicking around for a while, and then wrote the verses to a different tune, and when he spliced them together was not at all convinced that it worked. Or maybe he had the verses first, I forget, but he wasn't convinced that the two parts worked together and he was particularly apologetic about the time on the chorus; could anyone sing it? Guess we answered that question.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: kiwi@unagi.cybernothing.org
Date: 22 Jun 98 - 11:04 AM

harpgirl - thanks, I found the song doing a contents search on the database.

Joe - Hm.. I'll have to look into that.

Barbara - Interesting... is that the same verse and chorus that he uses still? Or was that the first draft? IMHO, the verses and chorus fit together very well, and it's not that hard to sing the chorus. :) At the folk thingy I went to, Mike Agranoff invited us all to join in on the chorus and we sang lustily but sweetly. :)

Sla/n, Kiwi


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Barbara
Date: 22 Jun 98 - 11:18 AM

Yep. same tune to each. If you think about it, the tune to the verses is quite different from the chorus. I think it works great, but if you look at it from a music theory basis, it doesn't fit the rules. So much for rules, hey?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Jenny
Date: 23 Jun 98 - 01:09 AM

www.cdnow.com has the Jean Redpath cd.


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: camsco@camsco.com
Date: 23 Jun 98 - 09:33 AM

The song is "Before They Close The Minstrel Show". It was written by Bob Coltman and recorded on one of his Minstrel label lp's. I have it somewhere in my stacks and can look the title up for you if you like.

Wally Macnow


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Wally Macnow
Date: 23 Jun 98 - 09:55 AM

Located it. The album is entitled "Before They Close The Minstrel Show". It's Minstrel JD-202 recorded in 1975.

Wally Macnow Camsco Music http://www.camsco.com


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: kiwi
Date: 23 Jun 98 - 06:13 PM


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Richard Wright
Date: 29 Jun 98 - 08:58 PM

You will find the words and chords in Rise Up Singing, page 22. They mention an album by Ed Trickett "People Like You", Folk Legacy. Alos in Sing OUt 22-4.

Richard


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Subject: RE: What song is this?
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Jun 98 - 09:46 PM

Wish I had read this tread before I went to the Old Songs Fest., happened to meet up & sing a bit with Mike, he's got some very interesting stuff, a great verse on (I think a recent thread) the Anne Bolyen song with her head tucked underneath her arm, she's still a spirit, that still loves Henry but finds it confusing when he's askes her for head. I should stop short here. Barry


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