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Songs of Betsy Rose

MAG 21 Oct 98 - 08:07 PM
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Subject: Grey Haired Woman
From: MAG
Date: 21 Oct 98 - 08:07 PM

I promised to sing Betsy Rose's (wonderful) song at a domestic violence vigil tonight, and am picking my jaw up realizing I have forgotten some of the words. By some miracle, could someone type them in and zip them off to me? I have already checked the database (of course).

Please send to me, Mary Ann, directly at magilpat@walnet.walla-walla.wa.us


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Subject: Lyr Add: COMING INTO MY YEARS (Rose)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 01 - 12:04 PM

You can find the lyrics on this page

COMING INTO MY YEARS
by Betsy Rose

Well, I'm a gray-haired woman and I'm comin' into my years
I'm a weathered woman and I'm comin' into my years
No more holding back, no more tryin' to please
Got the will and the power to get off my knees.

I'm an aging woman and I'm comin' into my years.

I'm a street-wise woman and I'm comin' into my prime
I'm a fight-back woman and I'm comin' into my prime
No more shrinking with fear when they whistle and jeer
I got a fist that's hard, a mind that's clear.

I'm a night-walk woman and I'm comin' into my prime.

And I'm a loud mouthed woman and I'm comin' into my voice
I'm a talk-back woman and I'm comin' into my voice
Cause there's an ocean of words got caught in my throat
Gonna let loose the waters and learn how to float.

I'm a sing-out woman comin' into my voice.

And I'm a fighting woman and I'm comin' into my strength
I'm a make-change woman and I'm comin' into my strength
I won't save the world, I won't drain my song
But I'll fight any battle that'll move us along.

I'm a far-sighted woman comin' into my strength.

I'm a loving woman and I'm comin' into my all.
I'm a heart-beat woman and I'm comin' into my all.
Well I'll go for passion, I'll go for strength
I'll go for the moment and I'll go for the length

I'm a give-take woman and I'm comin' into my all.


Performance by Betsy Rose: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGs51eyARRA&index=4

Choral performance by MUSE - Cincinnati Women's Choir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV3dykP1ST8


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Subject: Gray-Haired Woman (Betsy Rose)
From: Genie
Date: 17 Jan 13 - 06:58 PM

Ah! Found it.   I didn't know the title and couldn't find anything for "Gray-Haired Woman" or "Grey-Haired Woman" or "Comin" in the DT.

Here's the only online recording I could find so far: Comin' Into My Years


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Subject: Coming into My Years (Gray-Haired Woman)
From: Genie
Date: 17 Jan 13 - 07:11 PM

DK why the others didn't come up on YT the first time, but here's a recording/arrangement I like a lot better:
Judy Gorman-Jacobs sings Betsy Rose's "Comin' Into My Years"


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Subject: RE: Songs of Betsy Rose
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 06:53 PM

The name of Betsy Rose is mentioned with great respect here on the Left Coast. She is a pioneer is the women's activist song movement that has its center in Berkeley.
Here's an excerpt from the bio on her Website, http://www.betsyrosemusic.org/
    Betsy Rose is a singer, songwriter and community activist whose insight, warmth, humor, wit and wisdom have added a wealth of songs to the world of folk and progressive music for over thirty years.
    The songs of the Civil Rights movement, the hymns in her minister father's church, classical musical training, and the songwriters of the burgeoning folk movement of the 60's provided rich soil and deep roots for Betsy's emerging gifts as a songwriter and singer. Her songs are an artful blend of beautifully crafted lyrics and music, with messages that inspire listeners to greater faith in the human capacity to create "a world of peace, of promise and of
    grace" (from Real To Me)
    Betsy was a pioneering voice in the Women's Cultural Movement of the 70's and 80's, singing at national and international
    festivals, touring the United States and Canada. Artists such as Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, and Bobbi McFerron have sung
    and/or recorded her songs, as have numerous Women's and Peace Choruses throughout the country. Contemporary cultural
    visionaries such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Matthew Fox, and Joanna Macy have included her music in their work.
    Betsy has performed and taught widely throughout the United States and Canada, India, Australia and the Czech Republic. She has sung at festivals, and at conferences for spiritual organizations, activists, educators, and parents, including the California Early Childhood Educators, La Leche League, Association of Humanistic Psychology, Mindful Schools, Omega Institute, and AIDS and Hospice services.
    Betsy Rose lives in Berkeley California with her partner David Stark, and 19 year-old son Matthew.
    To receive more information about how you can bring Betsy to your community, contact:

      Paper Crane Music
      P.O. Box 9538
      Berkeley, CA 94709


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Subject: ADD: Same Boat Now (Betsy Rose)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 07:05 PM

SAME BOAT NOW
(Betsy Rose)

Some of us came here for freedom from hunger and from hate
Some us came here to make it rich and some of us came in chains
We landed in your sweatshops and we died on your new frontier
We pulled the cotton from the land that we watered with our tears

CHORUS
We may have come here on different ships, but we're in the same boat now
We may have come here on different ships, but we're in the same boat now
Hemos llegados en barcos diferentes, estamos en el mismo bote ahora
Hemos llegados en barcos diferentes, estamos en el mismo bote ahora

Some grew rich by toil and trade, some grew rich by vice
Some grew rich in power and ALL of us paid the price
And in the name of progress how we ground each other down
But no one is the winner when you're building on bloody ground

Women of all colors from every walk of life
We bore the hidden burden as mothers, daughters, and wives
Hired when we're needed, sent home when the jobs run down
But we're not waiting on the shore, we're turning the boat around

We're a people born of many shores, our journeys so entwined
And we'll be on a sinking ship if we leave anybody behind
Don't want to be no melting pot, we're a rainbow family
And it's gonna take everything we've got to set each other free

Source: http://www.magpiemusic.com/assets/in-this-world-lyrics.pdf

Recording by Laura Dungan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcwKis325is

Also appears in the Rise Up Singing Songbook and Issue 149 (March 1984) of Broadside Magazine.


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Subject: ADD Version: Same Boat Now (Betsy Rose)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 17 - 07:37 PM

SAME BOAT NOW
(Betsy Rose)

CHORUS:
We may have come here on different ships
But we're in the same boat now
We may have come here on different ships
But we're in the same boat now

Some of us came here for freedom from hunger and from hate
Some of us came here to make it rich and some of us came in chains
We gathered in the cities, claimed the new frontier
We pulled the cotton from the land we watered with our tears

Some grew rich by toil and trade, some grew rich by vice
And some grew rich in power and all of us paid the price
And in the name of progress how we ground each other down
But no one is the winner when you're building on bloody ground

Women of all colors from every walk of life
We bore the hidden burden as workers daughters and wives
Hired when we are needed, sent home when jobs ran down
They think we're waiting on the shore, but we're turning the boat around

We're a people born of many shores, our journeys so entwined
And we'll be on a sinking ship if we leave anybody behind
Don't want to be a melting pot, we're a rainbow family
And it's gonna take everything we've got to set each other free

©1983 Betsy Rose


Notes:
Betsy Rose has been a leading figure in feminist music for several years, with her former partner Cathy Winter, and now as a soloist. She is a solid musician and songwriter. "Same Boat Now" was written last year (1983) for a women's demonstration in Washington DC, and we heard her sing it at the People's Music Weekend in January. It was recently on the cover of the March 1984 issue of Broadside, which contained more songs from that weekend.



from Sing Out! Magazine, Vol 30, No. 2 (Apr/May/June 1984), pp 90-91


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Subject: ADD: Don't Shut My Sister Out (Betsy Rose)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 17 - 01:17 AM

DON'T SHUT MY SISTER OUT
(Betsy Rose)

CHORUS:
Don't shut my sister out
Trust her choices
Her woman's wisdom
And her will to grow
Don't shut my sister out
Trust her vision
Her intuition of her own way to go.

Verses:
Well, a woman's rhythm is an ebb and a flow
It's a coming together and a-letting go
Like the tides of the moon and the seasons of earth
We sing our cycle of death and rebirth.

Sometimes I find myself taking a stand
It's like finding rocks among the shifting sand.
And sisters gather round holding hand in hand
Saying this is our story, this is our land.

Sometimes I find I have to walk away
There are inner voices that I have to obey
And they leave me lonely and they leave my cold
And they lead me away from the sisterfold.

One thing I've learned is never to assume
That every woman I meet is gonna sing my tune
i want respect, I wanna give you the same
This is a struggle for survival, not a party game.

I see pointing finger, I hear calling names
I see our strength being shattered by fear and pain
Can't you see the writing on the wall
If we don't join together, well, we're all gonna fall.

You are a special woman, shouldn't have to hide
I wanna know you, grow with you right by my side
Won't you come as you are, won't you do what you must
Won't you help build a sisterhood we all can trust.

©1979 Betsy Rose

Source: https://feminismandreligion.com/2015/01/13/islamic-feminism-body-autonomy-and-spiritual-liberation-by-vanessa-rivera-de-la-fuente/

Can't find a YouTube recording of this one.


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Subject: ADD: Glad to Be a Woman (Betsy Rose)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Jun 17 - 02:01 AM

GLAD TO BE A WOMAN
(Betsy Rose)

So many years I been bitter
Wanting to be someone else
Nature had formed me, and the world had conformed me
Into thinking I must be less
Than the bravest and the best
Better find me a nest to take care of
And let somebody stronger take care of me, but now I'm

CHORUS:
Glad to be a woman
Glad to be alive
Glad for the children to take my place
Glad for the will to survive

Books that I read made me angry
And the life that I led made me blue
The face in the mirror looked hollow with fear
With the eyes painted blind
But a spirit behind
Saying let your light shine, let it shine
But I was still a young girl and it took some time to be
(Chorus)

Well I never saw myself to be that strong
I was loving and tender 'cause that got me along
Til the storm swept around
Lord it shook my world down
And I stood in the ruins with no one to turn to
I turned to myself
And that's when I found I was (Chorus)

Last Chorus: *
Glad to be a woman
Glad to be alive
Glad for the children to take our place someday
Glad for the will to survive
And I'm glad for the will to survive
I had me the will, and we still got the will
And I'm glad for the will to survive.

© 1976 Betsy Rose


Notes: Betsy Rose is a singer-songwriter and activist who, together with Cathy Winter, has, performed feminist music at folk clubs, festivals, and women's events throughout North America. The celebratory song Glad to be a Woman" appears on their new album Sweet Sorcery (CR1 230 Origami Records, PC Box 8012, Albany, NY 12203).
'I play this song on the piano, using lots of full chords and gospel rhythms," Betsy says. "The notations F/A or Eb/G mean an F chord with an A in the bass, or an Eh chord with a G in the bass. This is easy enough on the piano, but I've never had much luck playing it on guitar?if anyone does, I'd love to hear it!"


Source: Sing Out! Magazine, Volume 28, Number 4 (July-Aug 1980), pages 12-13


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