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Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)

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BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY
BREAD AND ROSES
CHILDREN OF DARKNESS
HARD LOVIN' LOSER
MAINLINE PROSPERITY BLUES
PACK UP YOUR SORROWS
REFLECTIONS IN A CRYSTAL WIND


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GUEST,LorienHanson@yahoo.com 21 Nov 05 - 12:58 AM
khandu 21 Nov 05 - 08:14 PM
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Charley Noble 22 Nov 05 - 08:37 PM
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McGrath of Harlow 25 Aug 12 - 07:20 AM
Charley Noble 25 Aug 12 - 10:45 AM
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GUEST,Nellie Wilson 24 Feb 13 - 12:43 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Loving Times
From: GUEST,LorienHanson@yahoo.com
Date: 21 Nov 05 - 12:58 AM

Some friends of mine in an a capella group sing this song, but I can't find the lyrics anywhere. Hoping someone knows this...here is a snippet of what I remember:

Now is the time for your loving, dear
Time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Now in a state of confusion
I have need for your company


Please please please...if anyone knows the correct title for this song or has they lyrics,e-mail me or reply.
Appreciate it!

Lorien


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHILDREN OF DARKNESS (Richard Farina)
From: khandu
Date: 21 Nov 05 - 08:14 PM

Children Of Darkness (Sang by Joan Baez)
(words by Richard Farina)

Oh, now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Oh, now in this age of confusion
I have need for your company.
For I am a wild and a lonely child
And the son of an angry man
Now with the high wars raging
I would offer you my hand
For we are the children of darkness
And the prey of a proud, proud land.
It's once I was free to go roaming in
The wind of the springtime mind
And once the clouds I sailed upon
Were sweet as lilac wine
Oh, why are the breezes of summer, dear
Enlaced with a grim design?
So, now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Oh, now in this age of confusion
I have need for your company.
....................................


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Loving Times
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Nov 05 - 01:51 AM

thank you so much!


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Subject: RE: Req: The Loving Times/Children of Darkness
From: Midchuck
Date: 22 Nov 05 - 08:02 AM

Funny, I just sang that at the local song circle last Wednesday.

Everyone was pulling up old Vietnam-era "stop the war" songs. I can't imagine why.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Req: The Loving Times/Children of Darkness
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Nov 05 - 08:37 PM

I was also fascinated with this dark and brooding song back in the 1970's. But I also noticed a reference to "lilac wine" in the song and thought to myself, "I bet this would be interesting to drink!" Now I grew up on a farm and did know how to make dandelion wine and it seemed to me one could follow the old family recipe and come up with something really special. Well, we harvested a bunch of nice fresh lilac blossoms, mixed them up with raisons and sugar, boiled it up, and poured it into a 5-gallon jug with an air trap and let it bubble away for a month or two. Then we bottled it and let it age. After a year or so we drew the cork of one bottle and I never smelled anything so vile. We poured the rest of it down the drain.

The moral of this sad story is never trust a contemporary folk singer for advice on what should go into making a good wine.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: GUEST,Guest: Alan Davis
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 09:01 PM

I heard this song many, many years ago---that is, I heard one line sung by a traveller staying overnight at our home: "I have need of your company."   It's stuck with me for over 40 years, couldn't get it out of my head if I wanted to. So now I made up some chords, and some cheesy lyrics, only to discover that the song is called "Children of Darkness" and has some of the ass-kickinest lyrics around. Not only that, I owned the album in years gone by, and never paid any nevermind to it.

So, now I've discovered at least two different versions of chords, and at least one variant of the lyrics, what are the chords?

I know that Richard and Mimi (i just read it) didn't write music. There was a song book, out of print, available nowhere. The "Richard Farina Dulcimer Book" is available online, but no chords are given for this song: maybe I'll have to reverse engineer the chords, but studying the dulcimer?

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 06:45 AM

Here's the full lyrics from the original recording -

Now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Now in this age of confusion
I have need for your company.

For I am a wild and a lonely child
And the son of an angry land
Now with the high wars raging
I would offer you my hand
For we are the children of darkness
And the prey of a foul command

It's once I was free to go roaming in
The wind of the springtime mind
It's once the clouds I sailed upon
Were sweet as lilac wine
So why are the breezes of summer, dear
Enlaced with a grim design?

And where was the will of my father when
We raised our swords on high?
And where was my mother's wailing when
Our flags were justified?
And where will we take our pleasures when
Our bodies have been denied?

Now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Now in this age of confusion
I have need for your company


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 06:51 AM

Opps - that should read "Been laced with a grim design."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 06:54 AM

Oh...and "pleasures" should be "pleasure", singular (guess I didn't edit quite enough after catching the major errors).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 07:20 AM

Here's are two recipes for "lilac wine". Don't know if they work, but they must work better than Charley's, or no one would have had the nerve to put them online. (Perhaps the trouble might have been something to do with some failure in sterilising the jug rather than the lilac blossoms?)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Aug 12 - 10:45 AM

McGrath-

Thanks for the lilac wine recipes links. Maybe I'll give it another go.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: ADD: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)^^^
From: Taconicus
Date: 02 Feb 13 - 01:13 PM

Here are the lyrics for Children of Darkness as sung by Mimi and Richard Farina on their 1965 album Reflections in a Crystal Wind:
CHILDREN OF DARKNESS
(Richard Fariña)

Now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Now in this age of confusion I
Have need for your company.

For I am a wild and a lonely child
And the son of an angry land,
And now with the high wars raging
I would offer you my hand;
For we are the children of darkness and
The prey of a foul command.

It's once I was free to go roaming in
The wind of the springtime mind,
And once the clouds I sailed upon
Were sweet as lilac wine;
Then why have the breezes of summer, dear,
Been laced with a grim design?

And where was the will of my father when
He raised his sword on high?
And where was my mother's wailing when
Our flags were justified?
And where will we take our pleasure when
Our bodies have been denied?

[Verse, instrumental only]

So, now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company;
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea,
Now in this age of confusion I
Have need for your company.**

The original chords as sung by Mimi and Richard seem to be D#,G#,C#,A#. So stick your capo on the first fret (a favorite place for me to put mine when I'm singing folk music) and try it like this:

{D}Now is the time for your {G}loving, {D}dear,
And the time for your {C}compa{D}ny
Now when the light of reason fails
And {C}fires burn on the {A}sea
{D}Now in this age of con{G}fusion {D} I
Have need for your {C}compa{D}ny.

And here are the lyrics as sung by Joan Baez (Mimi Fariña's sister) on her 1967 album "Joan" (musical arrangement by Peter Schickele), dedicated to Richard Fariña, who had recently died in a motorcycle accident:
Oh, now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Oh, now in this age of confusion I
Have need for your company.

[Bridge]

For I am a wild and a lonely child
And the son of an angry land
And now with the high wars raging I
Would offer you my hand
For we are the children of darkness and
The prey of a foul command.

[Bridge]

It's once I was free to go roaming in
The wind of a springtime mind
And once the clouds I sailed upon
Were sweet as lilac wine
Oh, why have the breezes of summer, dear
Been laced with a grim design?

[Verse, instrumental only]

So, now is the time for your loving, dear,
And the time for your company
Now when the light of reason fails
And fires burn on the sea
Oh, now in this age of confusion I
Have need for your company.


Recording from The Complete Vanguard Recordings: (**I verified the lyrics posted above with this recording. The Digital Tradition has "son of an angry man" and "We raised our swords on high" - I don't think either is correct. -Joe Offer-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: GUEST,Nellie Wilson
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 12:43 AM

I recently tabbed out the song and posted it online. You can view it here:

Mimi and Richard Farina - Children Of Darkness Tab


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Feb 13 - 05:14 PM

Nice to see folks still working on this fine song.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Children of Darkness (Richard Farina)
From: Taconicus
Date: 03 Mar 13 - 03:29 PM

Here I am singing "Children of Darkness" last night at the Hudson Valley Folk Guild in Kingston, NY. I tried to do something a little different here: When Richard and Mimi sang this, Mimi was the principal singer, with Richard singing harmony. Here I'm singing the harmony part that Richard sang, which I think makes a nice melody on its own.

At the beginning I'm talking about Friday night when Pete Seeger spoke to me for the first time.

I'm not very happy with the musical quality of this rendition. I was so busy remembering the words as I sang that I wasn't concentrating on the singing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78YJWo-6EcA


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