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Welcome to the Folk Song Cafe

by Kathy Sherman & The Good Folk Collective

If you love folk music then you'll love this collection of folk music from the U.S, the U.K, France, Greece and Algeria. Included are some contemporary songs as well as songs from the Tin Pan Alley.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Say What You Say
2:50 $0.99
2. Fine Horseman
4:31 $0.99
3. Space Girl's Song
3:42 $0.99
4. Ssendu
6:11 $0.99
5. Why Don't You Do Right
4:12 $0.99
6. Giorti Zeibekidon (Celebration Dance Of The Anatolian Warriors)
2:51 $0.99
7. Welcome To The Folksong Cafe
3:34 $0.99
8. The Ballad Of Springhill
4:27 $0.99
9. Ma Liberte (My Freedom)
2:50 $0.99
10. Ten Mile Stilts
4:25 $0.99
11. One Meat Ball
3:33 $0.99
12. The Garden
4:31 $0.99
13. Lazy Bones
3:08 $0.99
14. The Pie Song
2:13 $0.99
15. After The Ball
8:46 $0.99
16. Our Town
5:07 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
interesting tidbits about some of our songs:

Fine Horsemen
In that moment between waking and sleeping the mind can travel to some strange places. Lal Waterson was one of three siblings who formed ‘The Watersons’, a cornerstone of the English folk music movement in the 1960’s and ‘70’s.

Space Girl’s Song
From 1952 this song shares with us a vision of an outer space future from the eyes of the past.

This beautiful song sung in Berber by Nabil Bouali, a native of Algeria and himself Berber, tells of the loneliness and isolation women in that culture can face. Within the song is a Berber lullaby women sing while rocking gourds of cream to and fro to turn into butter.

Churn, churn and give us a white butter.
Churn, churn so we can fill our jar.
Drip drip of buttermilk.
Give us a log of butter we are wishing for.

Oh gourd I'm holding in my hand.
You know all my secrets.
Even though we are familiar with hunger.
We try to forget life's unfairness with songs.
We came to you to churn.
My gourd is good and dry.
The buttermilk will be separated and good to drink.
With then benediction of our ancestors

Giorti Zeibekidon
Giorti Zebekidon translates into ‘Celebration dance of the Anatolian warriors’. In our family we have a celebration dance that we created when our sons were just toddlers. We called it ‘The Schmengy’, and the dance itself is every bit as ridiculous as its name. So next time you have something to celebrate, a favorite team winning an important match or finishing your taxes, put on this song and ‘Schmengy’!

Welcome to the Folksong Café
This is a somewhat tongue in cheek entreaty to Daniel who opens his home every month to the local music-loving community and features wonderful musicians from around the world.

The Ballad of Springhill
Written in 1958, this disaster was the first major international event to appear in live television broadcasts. Peggy Seeger and husband Ewan McColl were living in France at the time and watched the rescue attempts on television. Of the 174 miners trapped, 100 were rescued.

Ma Liberté (My Freedom)
My freedom
I have long kept you
Like a rare pearl
My freedom
It's you who helped me
Shed my anchors
To go anywhere
To go to the end
Of the paths of fortune
To dreamily pick
A rose of the winds
On a moonbeam
My freedom
To your desires
My soul was submissive
My freedom
I gave you everything
The shirt on my back
And how I suffered
To satisfy
Your every demand
I changed countries,
I lost my friends
To win your trust
My freedom
You were able to disarm
All my habits
My freedom
You who made me love
Even solitude
You who made me smile
When I saw the end
Of a beautiful adventure
You who protected me
When I went to hide
To care for my wounds.
My freedom
Yet I left you
A December night
I deserted
The far-off paths
That we wandered together
When, unsuspecting,
My hands and feet bound,
I let myself go
And I betrayed you
For a prison of love
And it's beautiful jail-keeper.
And I betrayed you
For a prison of love
And it's beautiful jail-keeper.

One Meat Ball
This song is also attributed to George Martin Lane (1823-1897) who originally wrote it as “The Lone Fish Ball”. Hy Zaret and Lou Singer, Tin Pan Alley composers, made it into the bluesy rendition we recorded.

The Pie Song (Baby Don’t You Cry)
I dedicate this song to little Sophie Bess, a sweet and happy toddler who will eat many delicious pies in her life!

After the Ball
Composed in 1891, “After the Ball” became the most successful song of its time selling over 2 million copies of sheet music in 1892 alone. Songs of love and loss never go out of style.



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