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Lyr Req: Indiana (Andy Mitchell)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: H†vard
Date: 04 Mar 99 - 08:23 AM

Hi

Looking for the lyrics of a magnificent song called "Farewell, Indiana". Don't really know anything about it, but, yes, I've checked the DT.

H†vard


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Subject: Lyr Add: INDIANA (Andy Mitchell)
From: Alex
Date: 04 Mar 99 - 07:13 PM

Is this the one you are looking for? I'm sure someone will supply the author.

INDIANA
(Andy Mitchell)

Fare thee well, now, Indiana, your green land has been good to me.
There I traveled, there I settled, there I raised up my family.
But the cord has never severed, and the longing each day it has grown.
So, tomorrow, I'll be leaving for the land that I call my home.

All my friends say that I'm crazy, going back to such poverty,
America is, so they say now, the land of opportunity.
But the shy hare runs so swiftly and the heron slowly flies.
These are treasures from my homeland that all your money can never buy.

As our ship lies in the harbor, I shall look back on your shore.
And I'll feel sadness that I'm leaving your green land forever more.
But as our ship lies on the ocean and each day we are out on the sea.
All the dreams I've had for years now, drawing nearer reality.

Fare-thee-well, now, Indiana, your green land has been good to me.
There I traveled, there I settled, there I raised up my family.
But the cord has never severed, and the longing each day it has grown.
So, tomorrow, I'll be leaving for the land that I call my home.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 Mar 99 - 07:20 PM

Andy Mitchell wrote it; there's a beautiful rendition of it sung by Andy Irvine on the eponymous "Patrick Street" (Green Linnet CSIF 1071. I'd love to know the story behind the song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Alex
Date: 04 Mar 99 - 11:58 PM

The real story concerns the origins of why Chicago became known as "The Windy City". Some say it is because of the weather, some say that it was because of the windiness of the local politicians. But the real reason Chicago is the Windy City is that the Wisconsiners to our North blow while Indiana sucks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: H†vard
Date: 05 Mar 99 - 03:00 AM

Thanks Alex, that's the song as was looking for. Also thanks to Animaterra for providing the author and a information about recorded version.

H†vard


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Alex
Date: 05 Mar 99 - 10:31 PM

Lee Murdock also performs a fine version on his 1993 "Safe In The Harbor" CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Art Thieme
Date: 22 Jul 99 - 10:12 PM

A nice little tale in B.A. Botkin---A TREASURY OF AMERICAN FOLKLORE

The devil and the wind were walking down Michigan Ave. in Chicago. The devil ducked into the Wrigley Building to take care of some business. He never came out. The wind is still waiting for him.

Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Tucker
Date: 23 Jul 99 - 09:53 PM

THANK YOU!!!! I have been busting my butt to find this song. I thought it was just "Indiana"


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Req. Farewell Indiana
From: GUEST,The bloke in the corner
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 03:00 PM

I heard a musician at a session recently sing a very pretty song whose lyrics included 'Fare the well Indiana', or something very similar. He said it was an Andy Irvine song, but I can't find it here. I'd like lyrics & chords so I can play it myself. I remember the tune, more or less. Anyone out there help please?


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Subject: Lyr Add: INDIANA (A. Mitchell)
From: Clinton Hammond2
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 04:41 PM

I have it by Bobby Watt on his album "Homeland"and his liner notes give it to an A. Mitchel

Indiana

Fare the well now, Indiana
Your green land has been good to me
There I've traveled, there I've settled
There I've raised all my family
But the cord has never severed
And the longing each day has grown
So tomorrow I'll be leaving
For the land I call my home

All my friends say that I'm crazy
going back to such poverty
Americay is, so they say now,
The land of opportunity
But the red deer runs so freely
And the herron is slowly flies
These are memories of my homeland
That money can never buy

Now the boat lies in the harbour
I'm looking back now towards the shore
I feel sadness that I'm leaving
Your green land for evermore
Now the ship is one the ocean
And we're sailing upon the sea
All my dreams I've had for years now
Are growing closer to reality

And the cord has never severed
And the longing each day has grown
So tomorrow, I'll be there now
In the land I call my home

The chords, I'm sure you can figure out... it's not so difficult a song... Or someone else here can edit my post to put them in... I'm not mucking that far down into HTML crud...

Nice song eh!

{~`


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req. Farewell Indiana
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 04:42 PM

The lyrics for this fine song appear on an earlier thread,  Here.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req. Farewell Indiana
From: GUEST,The bloke in the corner
Date: 28 Feb 00 - 06:29 PM

Thanks to Malcolm and Clinton for lyrics and the link. I'm sure I'll be able to manage from now on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: GUEST,John D
Date: 13 Aug 00 - 09:49 AM

I've been looking for the words to this for some time.

I believe that the author was a Scotsman from Oban who emigrated to Indiana,but (as many of us become) was homesick. Once his family were grown he left for home.

More than this, I do not know.

John


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: GUEST,Masha
Date: 25 Jan 01 - 08:07 PM

The first time I heard this song, it was around 1983, Michael O'Domhnaill was singing it in Bloomington, IN. It was my last night in the U.S. before I moved back to join my fiancee in Ireland. It sounded as if it were written for me. I suppose that's true of many of the best songs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Art Thieme
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 01:03 AM

Masha,

Are you Goodman? from olden times in Chicago?

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: widowmaker
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 05:26 AM

A Canadian Scots singer David Watts sings a superb version of this song, along with many other exile songs , Check him out


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: GUEST,Andy Mitchell
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 05:25 PM

Hi guys, First of all can I thank Christine Primrose for telling me, not only about this discussion but for letting me know of this great website. Incidentally she is the greatest singer I know and all her albums are in the media of her native Gaelic tongue so check them out. They are on the Temple label and I think Flying Fish does them in the States. Anyway, about Indiana; I wrote the song and tune about 15 years ago. I was then living in the village of Ullapool in the far north west of Scotland and my best friends Tom and Val Brian had, quite a few years earlier, moved out to Terre Haute, Indiana. I had missed them a lot and I was delighted to hear from them that they decided to come back home to stay. They loved Indiana but the "old calling" was too strong a force. I decided to write the song, trying to seeing things from Tom & Val's point of view. I had never recorded the song but when my mate Andy Irvine was singing in Ullapool, he heard me sing it and "demanded" it from me. The oul Irish rascal did a really beautiful version of it but changed it into an Irish song - actually, I find it a great honour that someone makes my song their own. In musical terms there's nothing stolen between Scots & Irish but a lot of sharing. A couple of wee corrections though; Andy sings " and the shy hare runs so swiftly" I wrote "And the red deer runs so freely". Actually, the latest version of the song and my personal favourite has only recently been been recorded by Dave Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic, "The Drover Road" CFA-008 Centerfire Music. Denise Withnell sings the song and has a divine voice. Dave and Denise contacted me prior to recording and made sure that they used my original words. Another great version is from Nancy Curtens from Portland Oregon. And John D, I'm not from Oban, but what the hell, it, close enough. Actually I'm from Balintore ( a wee Easter Ross Village), lived in Ullapool for over 25 years and recently moved to the Isle of Skye. My day job is repairing things on fishing boats and I've been intending to do an album since we had big black round things with a wee hole in the middle. I've just never got round to doing it but if anyone books me for a wee tour in USA, then I'll do one overnight - Opportunist - moi - never. Le durachd Andy Mitchell


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: lamarca
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 06:02 PM

Andy, are you also responsible for "Where Will We Gang" - the lovely song about the demise of the Scottish fishing trades? It's another of my favorites - I learned it from Sara Grey at Pinewoods in the early 90's and have been singing it ever since (translated to American English, as I am not Scottish). You are a fine songwriter!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 05 Dec 01 - 08:25 PM

Many thanks for getting in touch, Andy.  That's a fine song, which I think I first heard from Mairi MacInnes.  It's astonishing how people will impose their own interpretations onto such things, but it's certainly a compliment when they imagine it to be traditional.

If Christine is lurking about here, may I invite her to join in with some of our conversations?  I admire her singing more than I can say.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: GUEST,Andy Mitchell
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 09:10 AM

Thanks to Malcolm and Lamarca. Re. the song "Far Wull We Gang" (Where will we go). All these years ago when I wrote it, the Scottish fishing industry was booming and, although species like herring were being seriously fished out, the herring fishermen all got bigger loans, bigger boats and went off to catch makeril in even bigger quantities. They made vast amounts of money but the local Cornish makeril fishing has long since gone into serious decline and the huge Scots boats don't go down there any more. They still search for makeril in the stretch of water between Norway and West Ireland but each year the shoals are either fished of pushed further out west. There are other factors like water temperature increasing due to global warming etc. What I was trying to say is you can't fish out one species and then go to the next without a serious crunch coming. I think we are now about to see that crunch. I sang the song in Peterhead (Scotland's main fishing port) and near got lynched. One fisherman, however, came up to me afterwards and said "A dinna like yer song but a canna deny that it's true" Whit an accolade ! Anyway what's this all got to with Chicago? Maybe the link is BLUES whiting or could it be SOLE music. Thank COD for the windy city

Le durachd

Andy PS I sure I've spealt Makeril wrong


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Dec 01 - 03:31 PM

Hello Andy Mitchell, I wondered where you were I went round to your old workshop in Ullapool, and you was gone. Give me a bell sometime and let me know where and how you are.I'm now living in Lairg, and I'm in the book.
John MacKenzie,known for Mudcat purposes as Giok ( Jock ) ex Hazelgrove Services.
Sorry to use the thread to send a PM folks but can't PM Guests, I crave all your indulgences.
Failte.....Jock


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Farewell, Indiana
From: GUEST,Gregg
Date: 05 Jan 08 - 02:14 PM

Wow, it is 7 years later... and I have been looking for the lyrics to this song for a looong time.... THANK YOU!!

Gregg
www.heavymeadow.org


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Indiana (Andy Mitchell)
From: GUEST,Frazer Mitchell
Date: 15 Oct 08 - 04:16 PM

Oh BOUY. I'm no expert on the SCALES of comedy and not on the NET
often but there is something really FISHY about your last posting on here.
I fEEL this is neither the time or the PLAICE for such OTTER PhISH.
Sorry if I seem a CRAB.
I don't SEA any point going on further so I'll FINish and WAVE goodbye.
I've had a WHALE of a time.

Your faithful nephew

Frazer Mitchell


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req. Farewell Indiana
From: GUEST,Matt Legg
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 12:04 PM

Hey! I have been trying to find a recording of this song for years, ever since I heard a cat play it in Doolin (Ireland). It is not easy to find using the itunes/amazon traditional routes. Anyone know any good recordings of "Farewell Indiana" that can be obtained? Thanks a lot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req. Farewell Indiana
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Feb 10 - 12:15 PM

Andy Mitchell who wrote this fine song, is an occasional Mudcatter.
He posts as Strupag.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Indiana (Andy Mitchell)
From: GUEST,Alice McLerran
Date: 14 May 11 - 03:08 PM

Well now it's even more years later -- and people still continue to love that song. There is another lovely rendition of it out, with an instrumental background as longing as the words that are being sung by Allan MacLeod and Dick Holdstock, on a CD titled Winter in the Wood available from CD Baby.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Indiana (Andy Mitchell)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 01:37 PM

Been hearing it a few times in Fagan's in Sheffield (best pub in the city). Last night's rendition with the landlord on guitar, a fiddle and a mandolin was particularly fine.


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Subject: Lyr Add: INDIANA (Andy Mitchell)
From: RunrigFan
Date: 15 Jul 16 - 07:01 PM

As sung by Mairi MacInnes

Fare thee well now, Indiana
Your green land's been good to me
There I've travelled, there I've settled
There I've raised up my family
But the cord has never severed
And our longing each day has grown
So tomorrow I'll be leaving
For the land I call my home

All my friends, they say I'm crazy
Going back to such poverty
Americay is, so they say now
The land of opportunity
But the red deer runs so freely
And the heron slowly flies
There are treasures from my homeland
That money cannot buy

And while the ship lies in the harbo(u)r
I will look back upon the shore
I feel sadness that I'm leaving
Your green land forevermore
And while the ship lies on the ocean
And each day we're out on the sea
All the dreams I had for years now
Draw nearer to reality

So fare thee well now, Indiana
Your green land's been good to me
There I've travelled, there I've settled
There I've raised up my family
But the cord has never severed
And our longing each day has grown
So tomorrow I'll be leaving
For the land I call my home


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