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Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)

14 May 08 - 02:59 PM (#2340536)
Subject: Hello Friend
From: GUEST,LindsayInWales

anyone got lyrics and a title, for the song with the following verse?

Hello friend, I see you're a stranger
Where do you come from?
Hello friend
Something in your smile reminds me of the sun
But the northern light is dim, against the darkness of your skin
Hello friend, I'm glad that you could come

Still also looking for lyrics to Mechanical Blackbird


14 May 08 - 04:43 PM (#2340633)
Subject: Lyr Add: HELLO FRIEND (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim Carroll

Hello Friend
Peggy Seeger 1992

Hello friend, I see you're a stranger. Where do you come from?
Hello friend, something in your face reminds me of the sun:
But the northern light is thin against the darkness of your skin.
Hello friend. I'm glad that you could come.

When you talk, I hear the echo of the places you have been;
When you walk, colours all around you fluttering in the wind;
When I listen to your song, I feel you really do belong;
Am I the stranger, the one who's just come in?

I think I know what made you come here but what made you want to stay?
Will you go if the weather and the welcome seem too cold and grey ?
Do you feel you'll never find all the warmth you left behind?
Never mind—I hope you want to stay.

Did you find new friends to help you? Can you earn a living here?
Do you mind the smoke and grime around you and the warning loud and clear?
Or did your troubles just begin with the colour of your skin?
Never mind—I'm glad to see you here.

Did you come to climb a mountain and end up in a hole?
Have you won [he right to join our people signing on the dole?
Can you be happy here amid suspicion and the fear.
Or will you run, and never more return?

Hello friend, all of us are strangers in this green and pleasant land.
Once again battle ranks are forming and we need a friendly hand.
Yours the fear and ours the shame, but our goal is just the same,
In the end this will be OUR native land.

In the old days of the Critics Group, when we were travelling on long journeys we used to mess around with song titles and words to pass the journey - we got The Dowie Dens of Marrow, The Unquiet Gravy, Hang Down Your Head Tandoori, The Grey Cocq' au Vin, and many, many more.
Unfortunately this wonderful song became 'Hello Fiend, I See you're a Strangler' - shame on us!
Jim Carroll


14 May 08 - 07:27 PM (#2340755)
Subject: RE: Hello Friend
From: Bernard

There was a thread about this ages ago where I pointed out that Peggy had written it long before 1992, because I have an old Jacqui and Bridie album of the same name with that song on it - and the album dates back to the 1970s!

I'll do a Forum search and get back to you!


14 May 08 - 07:30 PM (#2340761)
Subject: RE: Hello Friend
From: Bernard

Here ye go!


14 May 08 - 07:34 PM (#2340768)
Subject: Lyr Add: MECHANICAL BLACKBIRD (Hoida / Doyle)
From: Peace

Subject: Lyr Add: MECHANICAL BLACKBIRD (Spinners - UK)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 08 May 08 - 06:09 PM

Lindsay, disregard the trolling. Effsee is usually a well-behaved youngster :-).

Here you are:

MECHANICAL BLACKBIRD
(Hoida / Doyle)

Chorus:
To my tweedle-i-eedle-i-eedle-i-a
My tweedle-i-eedle-i-e
I heard the sweet voice of a blackbird
Through a microphone up in a tree

As I walked out across Piccadilly
One evening before it was spring
As the layabouts slept on the benches
A sweet blackbird started to sing

If I was a mechanical blackbird
I wouldn't build my nest out to see (?)
With a microphone heart in my bosom
And my feet welded firmly to a tree

Now the starlings fly out every morning
The pigeons find food where they please
Me and my mechanical blackbird
We are stuck in our own little trees

Now both of us work in the City
He can't even rest after five
Though the sounds that we make can be pretty
It isn't like being alive


As you can see, there's one line I'm not quite sure about. Some notes:

[1967:] When they refurbished Piccadilly Gardens in the centre of Manchester, one of the 'new improvements' was (you're not going to believe it) tape recordings of the song of the blackbirds - all-purpose, all-plastic and weatherproof. (Notes 'Spotlight On The Spinners')


15 May 08 - 02:10 AM (#2340946)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: Jim Carroll

Hello Friend was written some time in the early seventies (I was at the Singers Club at its first performance); her songbook gives the copyright date as 1992.
Jim Carroll


15 May 08 - 03:05 AM (#2340955)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: Dave Sutherland

Googling "New City Songster" it gives the edition in which it was published as September 1969. I remember buying that copy after seeing MacColl and Seeger (singing "Hello Friend" and others from that edition)in the early months of 1970


15 May 08 - 03:41 AM (#2340964)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: Jim Carroll

DaveS
Thanks for that, should have checked though my NCS set.
Hadn't realised it was as early as that (the year I moved to London)
Jim Carroll


15 May 08 - 08:09 AM (#2341069)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: Bugsy

Whenever I hear this song it brings back fond memories of my dear, now departed friend, Val Hastings. She used to do a wonderful version of this song


Cheers


Bugsy


15 May 08 - 11:58 AM (#2341305)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: GUEST

Thanks for the lyrics to Hello Friend. I've often wondered if such a "friend" wouldn't find this song just a little bit patronising?

Regarding Mechanical Blackbird, I think the line is "I wouldn't build my nest out at sea" (as in, perhaps, a crow's nest?)

I've only ever heard the Spinners version of this. I never did think that Piccadilly referred to London.

Thanks everyone


15 May 08 - 12:33 PM (#2341323)
Subject: RE: lyr req: Hello Friend
From: GUEST,Ray

"Hello Friend" must be VERY early 70's if not 1960's - The Johnstons (lead vocal by Paul Brady) recorded it on "Colours of the Dawn" in 1971.
Ray


26 Jun 20 - 04:28 PM (#4061576)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)
From: GUEST

I have that Johnstons album "Colours of the Dawn" 1971 and I think it's the best version - not many versions out there on YouTube etc.


27 Jun 20 - 06:42 AM (#4061646)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim McLean

I produced an LP by Jaquie and Bridie called "Hello Friend" in 1973. The credits give Peggy as the writer.


27 Jun 20 - 08:51 AM (#4061672)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)
From: GUEST,Ray

So does “Colours of the Dawn”.


28 Jun 20 - 04:40 PM (#4061920)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim McLean

I stayed with them once in Loverpool. The walls were curved with concave doors!


28 Jun 20 - 04:41 PM (#4061921)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Hello Friend (Peggy Seeger)
From: Jim McLean

oops sorry, "Liverpool"