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If I Can't Dance

by Anne Feeney

Emma Goldman would be dancing to this one. Sixteen songs to stir the soul
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Emma Goldman
2:25 $0.99
2. Defenders of Marriage
2:05 $0.99
3. My Feet Are Tired
3:58 $0.99
4. Dr Jazz
2:59 $0.99
5. Amelia Earhart's Last Ride
4:23 $0.99
6. Shell Game
2:27 $0.99
7. Let Their Heads Roll
5:16 $0.99
8. Too Much Monkey Business
2:16 $0.99
9. Me Case con un Heroe
3:56 $0.99
10. Who's the Criminal?
3:36 $0.99
11. Sheik of Araby/Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
3:54 $0.99
12. Days of the Theocracy
2:46 $0.99
13. Your Mind is on Vacation
2:20 $0.99
14. The Dutchman
4:47 $0.99
15. Phil the Fluter's Jam
2:38 $0.99
16. Lullaby
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Here are 16 songs that are sure to get your toes tapping -- all in the joyous revolutionary spirit of Emma Goldman. Starting with "Emma Goldman" - a wonderful tune by Paul Gailiunas and Helen Hill, and ending with Suzanne Buirgy's touching "Lullaby," this CD features some of Anne's most-requested material plus six new songs recorded in June 2006 at Wilkin Audio in Pittsburgh.

Longtime Anne Feeney fans will appreciate the inclusion of "Dr. Jazz," and "The Sheik of Araby," her two show-stopping duets with D.C. Fitzgerald. And old pal and fiddling wizard Bob Banerjee returns to the current sessions for work on "Lullaby" and "Let Their Heads Roll," complementing his early work on "Phil the Fluter's Jam," "Amelia Earhart's Last Ride," and "Dr. Jazz." Those early sessions of Bob's were his first studio work. Bob has gone on to work with Gaelic Storm, the Irish band featured in the film "Titanic." Once again, Anne has recorded a song by her friend and mentor, Jon Fromer. This time it's Fromer's collaboration with Bernard Gilbert, "My Feet Are Tired," a very danceable tribute to Rosa Parks and the thousands of people whose sacrifices led to the success of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

Janis Coppola's fantastic clarinet work brings excitement to Roy Zimmerman's hilarious "Defenders of Marriage," and pathos to Ted Warmbrand's evocative, "Who's the Criminal?"

Like the cover art, which is an updated reworking of Anne's trademark logo (with Andy Warhol's inspiration), this CD features some of Anne's best early work, which can be seen in new ways as it blends with some of the best in contemporary folk music. Jack Erdie's "Let Their Heads Roll" is a consummate protest song in the spirit of Phil Ochs -- one of Anne's earliest inspirations. Anne's searing "Shell Game," written in 1991 and appearing first on "Look to the Left," is prophetic in hindsight. And her beautiful Spanish translation of "I Married a Hero" - "Me Casé con un Heroe" - serves as the perfect lead-in to "Who's the Criminal?"

Anne's rap reworking of the old Irish standard, "Phil the Fluter's Ball" is hilarious. Complete with scratches and hip-hop uilllean pipes, this rendition may prove once and for all that rap was invented by the Irish (or, it may prove that Anne doesn't get enough sleep.)

Sample all sixteen tracks, and add this wonderful recording to your collection today!

1989 Kerrville New Folk Winner

2005 recipient of the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation (past recipients include Pete Seeger, Cesar Chavez, Hazel Dickens, Bernice Johnson Reagon)

2007 recipient of the Mother Jones Award from the Pennsylvania Labor History Society.

Utah Phillips calls her "the greatest labor singer in North America."

Anne's award-winning songs are sung by activists everywhere, including Peter, Paul and Mary.



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Erif M. Thunen

If I Can't Dance
What a delight! I really enjoyed hearing this album - fantastic lyrics!

Karen Newman

A Musical Must-Have!
I love this CD for the versatility. Ballads, rap, jazz...and that incredible voice is mesmerizing in all genres, and in at least two languages!

Ward M. Broderson

If I can't dance
I have lots of her cds and they are all great. She is even better in person.

Larry Orr

You'll be singing, dancing, and thinking
I heard songs from this CD in concert in Tucson, bought it immediately, and love it! You'll have to dance with Emma Goldman, you'll want to sing along on Who's the Criminal, and you're going to be remembering and thinking about the songs for a long time. The tribute to Rosa Parks (My Feet Are Tired) is the kind of song I thought no one sang any more,
with lots of message, and oh, so much music. Anne, you're a knockout on this CD, a great singer with a sharp sense of humor and justice, and a fine touch in selecting songs. This CD is hard-hitting politically and terrifically musical. Get it, play it for yourself and your friends!


I loved it
It is a very good CD. Every song on the CD is enjoyable. I would recommend this to others. Gets an A in my book!


Anne Feeney is one of my favourite performers
I have seen her LIVE several times and she never ceases to amaze. I will recommend this CD to all my friends on the left.

Dennis Pearne

Great songs, great arrangements, great singing.
Anne sings with all the joy and gusto of a true, dancing revolutionary. She is rare in her bare honesty. Her musicality is beyond reproach. I have to say that lots of times I don't get past the seventh cut, "Let Their Heads Roll," because it's so good, and she performs is so perfectly, I put the CD player on "repeat" for a while. I'm sure I'll cover it, though it will be a challenge, given her fabulous rendition.