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Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection (Woody Guthrie)

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A PICTURE FROM LIFE'S OTHER SIDE
AS I GO RAMBLING ROUND
BELLE STARR
BOUND FOR GLORY
CLEAN-O
DEPORTEES
DO RE MI
DUST PNEUMONIA
EL DO RE MI
GAMBLER
HARD TRAVELIN'
HARD, AIN'T IT HARD
HIGHWAY 66 BLUES
I AIN'T GOT NO HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE
I'M GONNA MAIL MYSELF TO YOU
JACKHAMMER JOHN
JESUS CHRIST
JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM
LIFEBELT WASHED UP ON THE SHORE
LUDLOW MASSACRE
MEAN TALKING BLUES
MRS. ROOSEVELT
NINE HUNDRED MILES
OKLAHOMA HILLS
PASTURES OF PLENTY
POOR LAZARUS
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
RAMBLING ROUND
RANGER'S COMMAND
RED WINE
ROLL ON COLUMBIA
ROLL ON THE DAY
SHIP IN THE SKY
SO LONG IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YUH
TALKING BLUES
TALKING DUST BOWL BLUES
THE 1913 MASSACRE
THE BLINDING OF ISAAC WOODARD
THE GRAND COULEE DAM
THE LADIES' AUXILIARY
THE PHILADELPHIA LAWYER
THE SINKING OF THE REUBEN JAMES
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
THOSE BROWN EYES
TOM JOAD
UNION MAID
WHY OH WHY


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Subject: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: GUEST,stumd3@hotmail.com
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 04:12 PM

Hi There,
Just wondering if anyone has a set of lyrics to some or all of the songs on Woody's Columbia River record. The book is out of print, and I was just wondering. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: MMario
Date: 24 Apr 03 - 04:23 PM

six of the ten are either in the digital tradition or posted in this forum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 12:36 AM

Hmmm. The Library of Congress says Woody wrote 26 songs in 30 days on that government contract. Seems like these songs should belong to the American people, and that they should be available online. This page (click) has a nice collection of Woody lyrics, many no doubt taken from the Digital Tradition. This page (click) has short clips for 17 songs from the Columbia River Collection CD, but I don't know if Woody wrote all those songs for the Bonneville Power Administration. This page (click) is one of my favorite Woody pages, with lots of lyrics.
I'd like to see a full list of the songs Woody wrote for the Columbia River Collection. Sing Out charges $20 for a 26-song songbook and a CD of the 17 Columbia River Songs Woody recorded. I may have to break down and get that one.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: Deckman
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 04:45 AM

Joe, I can give you clue that might prove interesting. Some years ago, perhaps 8 or 10, a fellow surfaced that seemed to have a strong interest in Woody's BPA songs. He not only was a very good singer and guitarist, but of all things, he worked for the BPA. My dim memory tells me that the BPA allowed him time/money to research those songs, and I believe he was producing a record of all of Woody's songs. I'm in the throes of "silly season" in deck building, so I don't have time to help you research this more. You might contact the BPA and see what you can find. CHEERS and thanks for the postings ... Bob Nelson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 11:32 AM

Here's a press release from BPA:
Bonneville Power Administration
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, May 22, 2001
PR 41 01
CONTACTS: Mike Hansen, BPA (503) 230-5131




PORTLAND, Ore. – Sixty years ago this month, folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs for the Bonneville Power Administration. The BPA hired Guthrie for one month to produce music it would use in a film, "The Columbia."

On May 24, BPA will honor Guthrie's memory at a 60th anniversary tribute at its Portland headquarters. Acting Administrator Steve Wright will unveil a landscape tribute, and the agency will name its entrance "The Woody Guthrie Circle."

The program begins at 12:45 p.m. at BPA's main entrance off NE 11th Avenue across the Max tracks from the Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel. A folk song group, The Wanderers, will play some of Guthrie's music. At 1 p.m., Vice President Terry Esvelt will introduce guests. Wright will follow with remarks about Guthrie and then unveil a landscape tribute.

Back in 1941, Guthrie traveled across Oregon and Washington during his one month on the BPA payroll. He visited farms, towns, Native American locales and the construction site of Grand Coulee Dam. He penned songs and plucked tunes on his guitar about the plight of the people, the land and the times. He sang about what he had seen and heard, as he did throughout most of his travels and a musical career that spanned the continent and nearly three decades.

Although World War II delayed the film production, when "The Columbia" came out in 1949, it had three Guthrie songs – "Roll on Columbia," "Pastures of Plenty" and "Grand Coulee Dam." Other Columbia songs enjoyed national popularity for some time. Later Guthrie tunes were highly popular and became part of American tradition – "This Land is Your Land," "Hard Travelin" and "So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya."

In 1987, the Washington legislature designated "Roll on Columbia" as the official state folk song.

BPA had previously named one of its early substations in honor of Guthrie. It was sold along with dozens of other small substations the agency has been turning over to the utilities it serves.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Columbia River Collection Lyrics
From: Parsa
Date: 25 Apr 03 - 11:42 AM

You can also get the books and CD from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives:
Woody Guthrie Store Catalog

Together, they're $30, so if you want both, the SingOut! price is better. I just bought the book last night, as I was asking for Roll Columbia, Roll in another thread. If you live in the Pacific Northwest and are a folk singer, I think it's obligatory to know these. ;)
I was trying to write the lyrics out, and said to myself, "this HAS to be somewhere in a book or online." So I did another search and found the book still for sale in a few places. It's out of stock at Amazon.

Parsa


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