Steve Deasy | People Once Were Welcome Here

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People Once Were Welcome Here

by Steve Deasy

“People Once Were Welcome Here” has already received critical acclaim, as a top ten finalist in the 2010 Music2Life – Songs for Social Change competiton and recognition from This is a "must buy" folk CD of 2010.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Let Me Make Peace
4:15 album only
2. Imagine
3:17 album only
3. John Woolman (May We Look Upon Our Treasures)
4:30 album only
4. I'm Working for Walmart
4:31 album only
5. Easter Song
3:53 album only
6. The Gatekeeper
7:11 album only
7. Feels Like Home
4:35 album only
8. Whiskey Drinkin' Preacher
3:59 album only
9. The Dutchman
4:58 album only
10. Mexican Town
3:59 album only
11. People Once Were Welcome Here
4:13 album only


Album Notes
His recent recognition by the Kerrville Music to Life Songs for Social Change Competition, The Great Labor Arts Exchange, and local union activists has solidly placed Deasy in the category of socially conscious writers such as Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Deasy brings musicality to his otherwise stripped down folk sound with experience playing jazz, rock, funk, fusion, classical piano and singing tenor in choir. Add some Steve Goodman-style story songs and you have STEVE DEASY: relevant, complex, funny and talented.

His second release, the 2010 “People Once Were Welcome Here” has already received critical acclaim. Deasy was a finalist in the 2010 Music2Life – Songs for Social Change competiton and invited to perform at Kerrville Folk Festival. Labor resonates with “I’m Working for Wal*Mart” which was featured as the July 2010 Song of the Month at

Deeply observant and lyrical, Deasy can be serious, bordering on transcendent. His songs come from ordinary life, and struggles we all face.

About the songs:

1. Let Me Make Peace (4:15) (Steve Deasy/ Lester Dore’) Doing the hard work for peace and justice, for a better world we may not live to see.

2. Imagine (3:18) (John Lennon) A powerful rendition of the John Lennon classic.

3. John Woolman (May We Look Upon Our Treasures) (4:31) The thoughts of the 18th century itenerant Quaker writer, speaking out on subjects such as war and slavery.

4. I’m Working for Wal*Mart (4:32) A bluesy ode to a sad trend.

5. Easter Song (3:53) (Steve Deasy/ Lester Dore’)

6. The Gatekeeper (7:12) Futility, loneliness, faceless nameless bureaucracy. One of many, the gatekeeper blocks access to the law. Kaftaesque & Dylanesque

7. Feels Like Home (4:35) (Randy Newman) About that someone that makes it “feel like home” among the chaos.

8. Whiskey Drinkin’ Preacher (4:00) (Chuck Cannon/ Allen Shamblin) Communion from a grocery cart; the downtrodden and redemption: “Every sinner’s got a future and every saint’s got a past”.

9. The Dutchman (4:59) (Michael Peter Smith) An irresistible classic by the greatest songwriter known to Steve. Michael is one of the reasons Deasy started writing songs in the first place.

10. Mexican Town (3:59) A portrait of the immigrant town

11. People Once Were Welcome Here (4:14) Award winning song about the criminalization and militarization against immigrants, particularly Latin Americans, in the USA right now. Remembering a time when “the oppressed and poor were welcome at our door and that we are an immigrant nation.

All songs by Steve Deasy except where noted.



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