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Almanac Singers: Side By Side?

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Peter T. 18 May 04 - 09:47 AM
Joe Offer 18 May 04 - 05:06 PM
Joe Offer 18 May 04 - 05:34 PM
Peter T. 18 May 04 - 06:42 PM
dick greenhaus 19 May 04 - 01:31 AM
Uke 01 Apr 13 - 08:47 PM
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Subject: Almanac Singers: Side By Side?
From: Peter T.
Date: 18 May 04 - 09:47 AM

Naxos has come out with an album of the Almanac Singers material from 1941-42, full of the classics (Reuben James, etc.).

One song, "Side By Side", is sung with a deliberately Russian accompaniment (about a bully defeated by friends who stand side by side). I suspect that it is a translation of a Russian song -- solidarity with our gallant Russian allies.

Can anyone fill me in whether or not this suspicion is true? And what is the original song?

(This is not the RAF Side by Side song, nor the pop tune Side by Side ("Oh we ain't got a barrel of money") either).

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Almanac Singers: Side By Side?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 04 - 05:06 PM

Hi, Peter-
Sing Out! says "Side By Side" was written by Lee Hays and Earl Robinson, and appears in volume 6 #1 of the magazine ... p.28. I wish my collection went back that far. Are you able to post the lyrics?
I've checked both People's Songbooks, the Reprints from the People's Song Bulletin, and both Sing Out! Reprints book - no song. I've been meaning to buy that CD, but I already have a CD with most of those Almanac Singers cuts.
So, Peter, can you post the lyrics?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: ADD: Side By Side (Lee Hays/Earl Robinson)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 04 - 05:34 PM

Hmmm. I guess I should have done more homework. Mr. Google says I have the recording, and the book with the recording has the lyrics. The song is a parody of "Hullabaloo Belay." I'll crosslink to the related songs, so you'll get an idea of the origins.
-Joe Offer-

Side by Side
Lee Hays and Earl Robinson

There stood a house upon the hill
Hullaba belay
Hullabaloo belah belay.
And in this house eight men did dwell
Hullabaloo belay.

One stood up and shook his fist...
I'll get stronger than the rest"...

He first began to cheat and steal...
He then set fire to their fields...

They turned their heads and let him be...
Then he upped and murdered three...

It made no difference where he stood...
He left a footprint red with blood...

He murdered three and wanted more...
He turned upon the other four...

But when this murder he did try..
He found them standing side by side...

Side by side they fought that day...
They left his bones to rot away..

This is the ending of my song...
One was weak but four were strong...

Source: Songs for Political Action, Bear Family Records

tune: Hullabaloo Belay


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Subject: RE: Almanac Singers: Side By Side?
From: Peter T.
Date: 18 May 04 - 06:42 PM

Thanks, Joe, interesting. You could never tell from the record that it was a shanty -- it really sounds like something one of those 50 voice Stalinist choirs might sing. Weird.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Almanac Singers: Side By Side?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 19 May 04 - 01:31 AM

Apparently, Naxos won't (or can't) sell this CD in the US. If anyone's coming over from the UK and is willing to get me a copy, I'll be happy to pay for it.


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Subject: RE: Almanac Singers: Side By Side?
From: Uke
Date: 01 Apr 13 - 08:47 PM

The text of 'Side by side' is also printed in "Youth Sings" (1949), Budapest: International Union of Students. It has 'Hullabaloo belay' as well with a slightly different tune from the Mudcat midi.


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