Lyr Req: Them Stars + Endless Chain
Subject: Words to Them Stars and Endless Chain|
Date: 28 Mar 99 - 10:09 PM
I'm looking for the words to these two songs that are on Margaret McArthurs CD--Them Stars. I believe that she wrote the song -- Them Stars from part of a cowboy poem. I'm not sure if she wrote Endless Chain. I think someone else wrote that one. It uses the names of quilts in the song.
Thank you for your help.
Subject: RE: Words to Them Stars and Endless Chain|
Date: 29 Mar 99 - 03:17 PM
Them Stars Margaret set to a poem that she found in the Colorado University library but no author is listed. I'll see if I can write up the words next time I get near the computer -lots of competion for time on this beast. Lorraine
Subject: Lyr Add: ENDLESS CHAIN (Pete Sutherland)|
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Mar 05 - 09:17 AM
THEM STARS is now in the DT. (It wasn't there when this question was asked.)
Lyrics below copied from Margaret MacArthur's website:
Outside the window, I saw the clothesline, full of old quilts, no two the same.
Flapping and flying in the wind, they were talking like women working on a quilting frame.
A midsummer circus of crazy colors, their strange old names I can hear them call:
Jacob's Ladder, Drunkard's Path, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul,
Dusty Miller, Ducks and Ducklings, Woods in Autumn, Wild Geese Flying,
Crazy Jane and Old Log Cabin—puzzling patterns from a simpler time,
Bits and pieces from bolts and boxes, laid out straighter than a schoolbook rhyme,
Strips cut out from a new-made template, scissors gleaming in the oil lamplight,
Patient fingers, tiny stitches in the stillness of a snowy night.
Honeycomb, Harvest Home, Maple Leaf, Memory Wreath.
A stitch in time, an apple a day, a penny saved is a penny earned,
Make it do or do without it—these are the lessons that our old folk learned.
Store 'em away for a long cold winter, till the season for growing comes round once more.
Hands learn work from these old tools. Our feet hear music in the old wood floor.
Eight Hands Round, Swing on the Corner, Texas Star, Bucksaw.
One more dance with your favorite partner, one more chorus from the fiddler's bow,
Follow the plow or ply the needle for one more year and down one more row:
Tree of Life, Hand of Friendship, Stepping Stones to an Endless Chain.
Cut the strings that make you dance. You'll still be dancing just the same.
Bachelor's Puzzle, Old Maid's Dream, Hour Glass, Moss Rose.
Rose in Bud, Carolina Rose, Rose o' Sharon, Dixie Rose, Love Rose,
Stars Within Stars, Morning Star, Shooting Star, Evening Star, Compass Star,
Wonder of the World, Wandering Foot, Wonder of the Sky, Wanderer's Path,
Tree of Life, Hand of Friendship, Stepping Stones, Endless Chain.
[Pete Sutherland is a member of Metamora (with Malcolm Dalglish and Grey Larsen). Metamora recorded this on their album "Metamora" in 1985. Margaret MacArthur also recorded it on her album "Them Stars."]
[I haven't heard this whole song, only a short sound sample. Each verse (except the last one) seems to have an extra line that doesn't rhyme. The entire last verse doesn't rhyme. I have italicized these parts. They all seem to be names of quilt patterns. Are these lines sung as a chorus? Or spoken?]
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Them Stars' and 'Endless Chain'|
Date: 16 Feb 11 - 02:24 PM
Thanks for the lyrics!
The italic parts are overdubbed on the song, sung as if the quilts themselves were calling out their own names on the wind.
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Stars + Endless Chain|
Date: 23 Sep 16 - 12:25 PM
I've always loved this song. They've put it online so you can hear it here: