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Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman

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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 17 Feb 07 - 10:26 PM

Did Woody Guthrie write and record this song? Can anyone find me the lyrics? Thanks...


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Subject: Lyr Add: HARRIET TUBMAN (Walter Robinson)
From: GUEST,kt
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 02:13 AM

Is this what you're looking for, hg?
HARRIET TUBMAN (Walter Robinson, Shawnee Press, Inc.)

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One night I dreamed I was in slavery
          'bout 1850 was the time,
Sorrow was the only sign-
          there's nothing about to ease my mind.
Out of the night appeared a lady
          leading a distant pilgrim band,
"First mate," she cried, pointing a hand
          "make room aboard for this young woman."

"Come on up, I've got a lifeline!
Come on up to this train of mine."
They said her name was Harriet Tubman,
And she drove for the Underground Railroad.

Hundreds of miles we traveled onward
          gathering slaves from town to town,
Seeking all the lost and found
          and setting those free that once were bound.
Somehow my heart was growing weaker,
          I fell by the wayside's sinking sand,
Firmly did this lady stand-
          she lifted me up and took my hand.

Singing "Come on up, I've got a lifeline!
Come on up to this train of mine."
They said her name was Harriet Tubman
And she drove for the Underground Railroad.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: Willa
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 08:17 AM

It's on 'Carry It On' (Seeger, Sapp and Kahn) Flying Fish CD You can hear an audio clip here:
http://www.amazon.com/Carry-Songs-Americas-Working-People/dp/B000000MF2

I found it in the book of the sme title(ISBN01371848X) book, where it had these additional words after V2
@who are these children dressed in red? Must br thr ones that Moses led.(Harriet was called 'The Moses of her people')


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF HARRIET TUBMAN (Woody Guthrie)
From: oldhippie
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 09:08 AM

more likely this.....

BALLAD OF HARRIET TUBMAN
Woody Guthrie

I was five years old in Bucktown Maryland
When into slavery I was sent
I'll tell you of the beatings and of the fighting
In my ninety-three years I've spent

I helped a field hand make a run for freedom
When my fifteenth year was rolling round
And the guard he caught him in a little store
In a little slavery village town
The boss made a grab to catch the field hand
I jumped in and blocked the door
The boss he hit me with a two pound scale iron
And I went black down on the floor
On a bundle of rags in our log cabin
My mother she ministered unto my needs
It was here I swore I'd give my life blood
Just to turn my people free

In '44 I married John Tubman
Well I loved him well till '49
But he would not come and fight beside me
So I left him there behind
I left Bucktown with my two brothers
But they got scared and run back home
I followed my northern star of freedom
I walked the grass and trees alone
I slept in a barn loft and in a haystack
I slept with my people in slavery shacks
They said I'd die by the bossman's bullets
But I told them I can't turn back
The sun was shining in the early morning
When I come to my free state line
I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming
I just could not believe my eyes

I went back home and I got my parents
I loaded them into a buckboard hag
We crossed six states and other slaves followed
Up to Canada we made our tracks
One slave got scared and he tried to turn backwards
I pulled my pistol in front of his eyes
I said get up and walk to your freedom
Or by this fireball you will die
When John Brown hit them at Harper's Ferry
My men was fighting right by his side
When John Brown swung upon his gallows
It was then I hung my head and cried
Give the black man guns and give him powder
To Abe Lincoln this I said
You've just crippled that snake of slavery
We've got to fight to kill him dead
When we faced the guns of lightning
And the thunders broke our sleep
After we waded the bloody rainstorms
It was dead men that we reaped
Yes we faced the zigzag lightning
But it was worth the price we paid
When our thunder had rumbled over
We'd laid slavery in its grave

Come now and stand around my deathbed
And I will sing some spirit songs
I'm my way to my greater union
Now my ninety-three years are gone


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: Willa
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 10:49 AM

Thanks, oldhippie. Any idea of the tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: Suffet
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 11:17 AM

Greetings:

The tune for Woody Guthrie's song is Lady of Carlisle. It's in the Digital Tradition. Guthrie's original recording is available on a CD from Smithsonian-Folkways called Long Ways to Travel, 1944-1949. The song has also been recorded by Magpie.

In addition, Ethan Miller, a young musician from rural Maine, sings the song to a somewhat more modern, uptempo acoustic rock tune that he wrote by reworking the original. Miller also added a new final stanza:

So now listen to me, daughter,
Listen to me, my dear son,
Don't you dare think I'm something special,
And you couldn't do just what I've done.
Don't you dare think I'm something special,
And you couldn't do just what I've done.
If we're gonna win this fight for freedom,
You got to do just what I done.

I have a live recording of Ethan Miller singing his version of Harriet Tubman's Ballad, taken from the sound board when he appeared at CB's 313 Gallery in New York a couple of years ago. I'm willing to lend it if you would like to learn the song, provided you agree not to make any illegal copies. If you are interested, please contact me by e-mail only, and not by PM. I read my e-mail at least once a day, but I might not log onto Mudcat for weeks at a time.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: oldhippie
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 12:34 PM

Magpie's recording is on their "John Brown, Spirit of the Sword".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 18 Feb 07 - 02:02 PM

Thanks, oldhippie. That is the song I wanted. The previous song, which kt so kindly typed is already in our database and was not the one I was looking for but thanks anyway, kt. Thanks for the tune, Suffett. Veronika Jackson sang this song, Friday at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and I had not heard it but knew it existed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs recorded by Holly Near
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Jun 17 - 05:40 PM

A railroad with a first mate & a lifeline!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: songs recorded by Holly Near
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 01:36 AM

Hi, Joe - Well, it's clear that in folk icon Walt Robinson's "Harriet Tubman" song, the underground railroad has both first mates and lifelines. I suppose one can do such things with metaphorical railroads.
John McCutcheon has his version of the lyrics here (click), and I've moved pertinent messages here to our thread on the song.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Harriet Tubman
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Jun 17 - 01:41 AM

Thread #275   Message #735

Posted By: Susan

10-Dec-96 - 10:17 PM

Thread Name: Lyr Req: songs recorded by Holly Near

Subject: Lyr Add: HARRIET TUBMAN -and- HAY UNA MUJER


HARRIET TUBMAN
words and music by Walter Robinson

One night I dreamed I was in slavery
'bout 1850 was the time
Sorrow was the only sign
Nothing around to ease my mind.
Out of the night appeared a lady
Leading a distant Pilgril band
"First mate" she yelled, pointing her hand.
"Make room aboard for this young woman"
Chorus: Singing come on up, I got a lifeline
Come on up to this train of mine (2 x)

She said her name was Harriet Tubman
And she drove for the underground railroad

Hundreds of miles we traveled onward
Gathering slaves from town to town
Seeking every lost and found
Setting those free that once were bound
Somehow my heart was growing weaker
I fell by the wayside's sinking sand
Firmly did this lady stand
She lifted me up and took my hand
Chorus
Who are these children dressed in red
They must be the ones that Moses led

Chorus

She said her name was Harriet Tubman
and she drove for the underground railroad.

copyright Shawnee Press
Inc. Deleware Water Gap PA 1977.
International Copright secured


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