Check this out from Robin Grey: The Ballad of Hawkwood. One of our new favorites.
The melody comes from an old english murder ballad called ‘The Two Sisters’ which I first heard performed by Rachael Dadd. Tom Waits does a recording which is very good if you want to hear the original.
Mulch, sow and then reap
There is a fine gent christened Ru Litherland
And he has green fingers on both of his hands
I’ll be good to the land and the land will be good to me Continue reading
OFF THE CHARTS: The Song-Poem Story is a fascinating, at times unsettling, documentary that exposes the strange underworld of the song-poem industry. In this little known subculture, “ordinary people” respond to come-on ads on the back pages of magazines, mailing in their heartfelt but often bizarre poems to “music industry” companies that, for a fee, turn those poems into real recordings. OFF THE CHARTS explores a truly unique, never-before-seen slice of Gothic Americana through interviews with several song-poem writers, the jaded producers and musicians who set their words to music, and a few of the growing number of zealous song-poem connoisseurs.
This site holds a collection of songs people have used, are using, or could use to aid labor. It’s maintained by me, Bennett Konesni, a farmer-musician from Maine.
It’s a kind of digital songbook. You can use it to learn songs for use out in your fields, for academic research, or maybe just because you want to listen.
This site is a work in progress. My long term goal is to have recordings, lyrics, history, usage tips and comments on each song. But we’re not quite there yet, so please, no beef on the fact that I haven’t got all of the details about who sang what when up there yet… it’s coming!
for an inspiring sunday listen:
If you are interested:
Wearing clean, un-ripped clothes without brand-logos, get yourself to the venue (train accessible!) by noon, work the day with us 12-6pm. We’ll be driving back up the Adirondacks that night, so we can offer you a ride north, but not south, so please figure out your own travel plans IN ADVANCE. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to hearing from a few of you who want to attend!
We love this band!