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Lyr Req: songs by Elmer Beal, Jr

Stewie 05 Feb 04 - 10:35 PM
GUEST 06 Feb 04 - 12:47 PM
Stewie 06 Feb 04 - 06:45 PM
GUEST,tony ricketts 26 May 05 - 05:11 PM
Jim Dixon 31 May 05 - 10:45 PM
Mark Cohen 01 Jun 05 - 03:54 AM
GUEST,Steve Teeter 15 Aug 09 - 09:43 AM
Joe Offer 15 Aug 09 - 06:19 PM
GUEST,Kristin 12 Nov 10 - 11:00 AM
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Subject: Help: author of 'Return to the Land'
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Feb 04 - 10:35 PM

If I did have a copy of the booklet for Gordon Bok's 'Return to the Land' CD, I have lost it. I am looking for the name of the writer of 'Return to the Land'. The CD insert only gives 'Beal'. Can someone tell me his or her full name. Thanks.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: author of 'Return to the Land'
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Feb 04 - 12:47 PM

It's Elmer Beal,JR


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Subject: RE: Help: author of 'Return to the Land'
From: Stewie
Date: 06 Feb 04 - 06:45 PM

Thank you.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Help: author of 'Return to the Land'
From: GUEST,tony ricketts
Date: 26 May 05 - 05:11 PM

Does anyone have the words and/or chords written out, please.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Return to the Land
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 31 May 05 - 10:45 PM

RETURN TO THE LAND, by Elmer Beal Jr., is expected to be in the forthcoming book The Earth and Spirit Songbook - Book Two.

It's also on the album "Faith's Favorites" by Faith Petric.

I have failed to find any lyrics or sound samples.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RETURN TO THE LAND (Elmer Beal, Jr.)
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 01 Jun 05 - 03:54 AM

Amazing...I knew I'd bought the lyric booklet for this album at a used record sale about ten years ago, and I was able to find it in less than ten minutes!

RETURN TO THE LAND
words and music (c)1982 Elmer Beal, Jr. (BMI)

There comes a time when I look out to find
That the hungry are hungry again.
When did I last think to ask
How to help ease their pain?
When hope leaves, I know I get hopeless,
Like a spark in the rain.
And when castles crumble, it makes me feel humble,
As though I'm the one who's to blame.

CHORUS
But nothing is won when the crying is done
Till your friends take you up by the hand.
Return to the earth; you feel your own birth come again.
When your bridges are burned,
You try to return to the land.

South of the border, the coffee beans order,
The coca is turned to cocaine,
Tons of bananas and miles of the sweet sugarcane
Grown for the pleasure of some by others who strain.
And long do they stand and stare at the land
That they work for another man's gain...

CHORUS

And there is the other, forgot by his brother,
Alone at the end of the day.
Searching in vain for the work that would gain him his pay,
He tries to forget all the strangers he's met by the way.
And there in the dark, a voice in his heart
Calls him home to a place far away.

CHORUS

And when you are through,
It always forgives you, the land.


Here's what Gordon has to say about the writer and the song:

Elmer Beal has been a teacher, woodcutter, farmer, songwriter, and travelling singer. I've toured with him in the past, and he's goood, thoughtful company. He still teaches at College of the Atlantic, runs a restaurant, and tours with Maine's favorite acoustic group, "Different Shoes."

While watching a BBC show on the "third world," a few years back, he was wondering at the strong connection he felt to the migrant workers of those countries -- and realized that the connection was the land they both worked, and that supported them.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FASHIONED IN THE CLAY (Elmer Beal,
From: GUEST,Steve Teeter
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 09:43 AM

[Note: Chords and lyrics for this and 1200 more songs are in the world's greatest cheat book, Rise Up Singing, P. 23 available from Quakersong.org @~$18.]

C                                 G                  F                   C
When it seems that everyone is worried for themselves,

F                            C                         G                           G
Buying plans for fallout shelters, stocking up the shelves,

C                     G                         F                C
Living in the fast lane, and staying high at night,

F                     C                         G                  C
Thinking that by accident we'll blow out all the lights;


Look, now, at the potter whose wheel is spinning 'round,

Shaping with her hands the past and future from the ground:

Cups that will be filled and drunk, so warm in wintertime,

Plates and bowls for dinner served with candlelight and wine:


She believes, she believes,

By her work it's so easy to see

That the future is more than the following day,

It's fashioned securely in the clay.



Look now at the farmer working in his field,

Hoping that the sun and rain will guarantee his yield.

Like the seed the wind has blown to unfamiliar ground,

He waits to see what fate will bring as each year rolls around.


He believes...


Elsewhere, there are lovers in a warm embrace,

Happy with their plans to carry on the human race.

Now the baby cries and wonders if it's all alone;

Softly, voices reassure: there'll always be a home.


They believe...


So, if you had been worried that tomorrow wouldn't come,

Look to see the ones whose lives are following the sun.

And the hope that springs so clearly from the work they do

Will spread a little further when it finds a place in you.



We believe, we believe,

By our work it's so easy to see

That the future is more than the following day,

It's fashioned securely in the clay.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FASHIONED IN THE CLAY (Elmer Beal, Jr)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 06:19 PM

Hi, Steve -
I think I've met you somewhere, but maybe not.

I posted Elmer Beal's "Fashioned in the Clay" in this message but it was lost in a general thread of songs of hope and optimism. Maybe I should post it here, too.
    My Walkman woke me up to this song this morning. I found that a couple of verses have been posted at Mudcat, but not the entire song. It's the title song for the Bok-Muir-Trickett album titled Fashioned in the Clay. Anbody know anything about what Elmer Beal has done since he wrote this song in 1983?

    FASHIONED IN THE CLAY
    (Elmer Beal, Jr., 1983)

    When it seems that everyone is worried for themselves,
    Buying plans for fallout shelters, stocking up the shelves,
    Living in the fast lane, and staying high at night,
    Thinking that by accident we'll blow out all the lights;

    Look, now, at the potter whose wheel is spinning 'round,
    Shaping with her hands the past and future from the ground:
    Cups that will be filled and drunk, so warm in wintertime,
    Plates and bowls for dinner served with candlelight and wine:
      She believes, she believes,
      By her work it's so easy to see
      That the future is more than the following day,
      It's fashioned securely in the clay.

    Look now at the farmer working in his field,
    Hoping that the sun and rain will guarantee his yield.
    Like the seed the wind has blown to unfamiliar ground,
    He waits to see what fate will bring as each year rolls around.
    He believes...

    Elsewhere, there are lovers in a warm embrace,
    Happy with their plans to carry on the human race.
    Now the baby cries and wonders if it's all alone;
    Softly, voices reassure: there'll always be a home.
    They believe...

    So, if you had been worried that tomorrow wouldn't come,
    Look to see the ones whose lives are following the sun.
    And the hope that springs so clearly from the work they do
    Will spread a little further when it finds a place in you.
      We believe, we believe,
      By our work it's so easy to see
      That the future is more than the following day,
      It's fashioned securely, in the clay.

    Here are the notes, from Gordon Bok:

      Elmer Beal is from Blue Hill, Maine. He's a farmer, woodcutter, educator and musician, and a maker of fine songs. He's also a member of Maine's favorite acoustic group, "Different Shoes."
      Elmer says he wrote this for his wife, Carole, a potter, inspired by the optimism in her work, at the time it takes between starting the job and seeing the results. (GB)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs by Elmer Beal, Jr
From: GUEST,Kristin
Date: 12 Nov 10 - 11:00 AM

I'm looking for the lyric's to another of Elmer Beal's songs: More Weather. The song is on Gordon Bok's February Tapes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs by Elmer Beal, Jr
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 12:47 PM

I'm looking for a copy of the tape that has Bone of My Bone by Different Shoes.


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