First Farewell

by Peggy Seeger

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mootters Hi. Please help me learn to do this. I already have purchased access yo Peggy Seeger recording library on Bandcamp. Now I wish to purchase First Farewell as a gift for someone. The recipient prefers digital download. How do I do this?
-Mike Potters mp19481201@gmail.com Favorite track: Gotta Get Home By Midnight.
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quiggsfolkduo Have thoroughly been enjoying Peggy’s online gigs, such warmth and intimacy. Look forward to receiving the new album, Pernille (the Quiggs)
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maz2 can't wait for your new album Peggy saw you sing The first time ever on Folk on foot it still raised the hairs on the back of my neck please release a recording of it you are so special.
thank you
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kemscom Peggy Seeger she takes a liken and keeps on ticking or should I say she takes no mayhem and keeps on playing.
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Keam As timeless as the last herself. Uncut claimed Dandelion and Clover to be a new classic and I can only agree. However, Gotta Get home by midnight never fail to bring a smile to my lips. I love it, completely. Favorite track: Gotta Get Home By Midnight.
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DANDELION AND CLOVER words, music © Peggy Seeger A little boy came to our kitchen door Can she come out to play? We ran all the way to our wild place To blow dandelion fairies and look for the four-leaf clover. We were seven. Before he was eight it was over He fell asleep on the school room floor And they took him away to heaven. But he would come back and marry me. I knew he’d remember me. With a boy from a painting I lay new born Under the harvest moon in April he cut out my heart and left To blow dandelion fairies and lie with my friend in the clover. It was over. All over. He died long ago on a highway, A beautiful father of children. But he comes back now and then When ... I remember him. Sorrow and joy are bound together Sweet lover, remember me Come back, come back And lie in my arms forever In the dark of night I lie awake And wait for the winter moon I dream of you and wild places Of dandelion and clover Soon .... It will be over ...all over Gone away But songs don’t die on a school room floor Tomorrow I’ll come to your kitchen door Will you come out to play? Will you come out to play?
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Lubrication 02:27
LUBRICATION words, music © Peggy Seeger administered Bucks Music aka Harmony Music Certain moving parts Are meant to move along together They need to slip and slide, float and glide As they try to go on forever Gotta take care of moving parts They’re easily ... irritated Make ‘em scrape and they’ll get out of shape Keep them lubricated. You need grease to help ‘em do their job It’s not just a matter of luck It’s a matter of will, cooperation and skill Remember that when you find you’re stuck Did the earth move for you last night, dear? Well, it sure did move for me and my mate ‘Cause the earth needs oil and water and gas To regulate the state of her tectonic plates. With the mining and frackin’ the crust is crackin’ We’re putting our money on luck For want of lubrication the game goes down Remember that when we’re finally stuck
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All In The Mind Words & music, Calum Maccoll & Peggy Seeger Chorus Is there a place where everything goes Everyone’s looking and nobody knows Is there a way, a map or a sign Or is it just dreaming, all in the mind All in the mind She lives on her own, the children are gone They talk on the phone but they don’t talk for long She tells herself stories, sings herself songs Turns back the clock and tries to hold on. Chorus And looks for the place where everything goes Everyone’s looking and nobody knows Is there a way, a map or a sign Or is it just dreaming, all in the mind All in the mind The days are so long, doesn’t work any more Doesn’t know who he is, doesn’t know what he’s for A rudderless ship, a pawn in the game He’s losing himself but he tries just the same Chorus To look for the place where everything goes Everyone’s looking and nobody knows Is there a way, a map or a sign Or is it just dreaming, all in the mind All in the mind Love, happiness, money and stuff Whatever we have, it’s never enough So little space and never the time No room for the treasure we’re trying to find. There isn’t a place where everything goes everyone’s looking and everyone knows ... There isn’t a way, a map or a sign Everyone’s dreaming, it’s all in the mind. Whatever we’re seeking and hoping to find Is already here, all in the mind Already here, all in the mind
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We Are Here 03:25
WE ARE HERE (previously known as 140 ways) Written by Calum MacColl & Peggy Seeger Publishing Bucks Music Group / copyright control Millions of ways to say the same old things And one way to listen, really listen So many ways to forget who we are, you and me One way to remember. One way to see Are you listening? Me on my phone, you on your phone We’re sitting at the bar, together apart, together alone I’m posting a selfie and you start to laugh And show me a cat falling off a table I laugh too. Well, it is funny but But we don’t talk any more Or just walk any more Look at me, be with me I am here. You are here We are here We are here So many ways to hate, distrust, divide, exclude One way to tell all your friends, all your friends, all your friends So many little lies tell one big truth about a liar It’s easy to start a forest fire Hard to put it out You’re on your phone, I’m on my phone You swipe left, I swipe right, together apart, together alone You’re texting your mum and I start to laugh And show you an orange man strutting off the edge of the world You laugh too, then start to cry We don’t talk any more Or just walk any more Look at me, be with me I am here. You are here We are here We are here We are all here We are here We are here Are we listening? Really listening?
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The Puzzle 02:14
THE PUZZLE Words & music Peggy Seeger Published by Bucks Music Group Born with a question mark Carved on your face Her heart in your hand She gave you one piece to put in its place A corner piece and only one space It wasn’t a game Was it a dream? A dream Through black and white windows A garden of flowers We finish the frame, neat and in order A childhood of hours Completing the border It wasn’t a dream Beautiful Remember? Edges of time Confine and change the curves ... Of trust and love to guilt and blame Till less and less is left in reserve Sometimes the pieces all look the same It was never a game Through black and white windows A blue summer day It's nearly done, but Some of the pieces were lost on the way Begin again? Or time to go? We always knew, we always knew The very last piece would be left for you For you
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LULLABIES FOR STRANGERS Words & music Peggy Seeger & Kate St. John Published by Harmony Music, Ltd., & Barking Green Music I live in a room in the grey country Seven years I live alone Seven years away from you I care for children in a stranger's home When I tie their shoes, I think of you When I brush their hair, I think of you I give them love, they take my hand I sing our songs in this strange land Lullabies for a stranger's children Who sings for my own little birds? Sing lullabies in a foreign land Where no one understands Here the dark nights come so early Now I'm free to close the door Free to sit and sing to you, Kissing shadows, always wanting more For you I'm here in this cold country For you I work and live alone So you won't need to leave your children And wish you had a heart of stone. Lullabies for a stranger's children Who sings for my own little birds? Sing lullabies in a foreign land Where no one understands No one ... I stand at the bus stop and stare at the sky Maybe soon, maybe next year I will fly away Fly away to my own little birds Ladybird, fly away home You won't have to leave your children And wish you had a heart of stone. Lullabies for a stranger's children Who sings for my own little birds? Sing lullabies in a foreign land Where no one understands No one ...
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ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL BOYS Written by Peggy Seeger & Kate St John Publishing: Bucks Music / Barking Green I knew him He was one of those beautiful boys Each of them alone, on their own I knew him So gentle, so quiet, no swagger, no noise One of those beautiful children, One of those beautiful boys Can’t move Another year and nothing’s changed Nothing to give, don’t know how to live Can’t move See me, hear me, love me, touch me The walls of my room are above me Don’t want to leave but I have to go The sea sweeps through our house The stars have all gone out The dog sits down close to me A bird sings on the branch of that tree A bird sings on that tree One of those beautiful boys One of those beautiful boys
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Tree Of Love 01:29
TREE OF LOVE Words & music, Peggy Seeger Published by Bucks Music Group I did not plant the seeds of love They sprang when first I saw you I was lost, lost and found On my knees before you. Love springs beneath your feet Love lights the skies above me. I have no memory of the time before The day you said you loved me. Now thirty years are come and gone Filled with tears and laughter And should our tree of love fall down I'd care not what came after.
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HOW I LONG FOR PEACE Words and music, Peggy Seeger administered by Harmony Music O how I long for peace Among the peoples and the nation How I long to halt the plunder Of the wonders of creation O how I long for peace I cannot understand How the sisters, wives and mothers Cannot stop the slaughter Of the husbands, sons and brothers O how I long for peace Among the peoples and the nation How I long to halt the plunder Of the wonders of creation O how I long for peace There never will be peace Till men abandon fighting As the way to deal with problems That prevent us from uniting O how I long for peace Among the peoples and the nation How I long to halt the plunder Of the wonders of creation O how I long for peace The profits made from war There's few that can resist them Hypocrisy and greed control The lifeblood of the system O how I long for peace Among the peoples and the nation How I long to halt the plunder Of the wonders of creation O how I long for peace The world can wait no longer For political permission Sit down, disrupt, do anything To make the whole world listen O how I long for peace Among the peoples and the nation How I long to halt the plunder Of the wonders of creation O how I long for peace
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GOTTA GET HOME BY MIDNIGHT (aka Getting Younger by the Hour) Words & music Peggy Seeger Published by Bucks Music Group When I wake up in the morning I’m a hundred years old My feet on the floor and I’m 99 A good hot shower and I’m looking at 80 After breakfast I’m 79 Getting younger by the hour Gotta get home by midnight It’s a beautiful day And I’m sixty four In my new red shoes My kitchen is a dance floor Lunchtime and I’m in my prime Fifty and I'm heading for 49 Getting younger by the hour Gotta get home by midnight An hour ago I was forty-one I said I was thirty- nine But now I’m twenty heading for my teens Hormones drivin' me out of my mind If I stay any longer I'll be buyin' those blue jeans The ones manufactured with the holes all over Getting younger by the hour Gotta get home by midnight When the clock strikes twelve Nature resumes Her own gravitational plan Then I'm hittin’ the road with Father Time Draggin’ me by the hand But I'm gonna leave a little glass slipper behind Before the rats start pulling my van Getting younger by the hour Gotta get home by midnight My doorbell rang, in the middle of the night Prince Charming is standing there, He looked into my blue eyes And said 'They’re the colour of time.' He knelt down by my chair And that little glass slipper just fitted me fine. He’s waitin’ for me now in the moonlight He said, Come home whenever you like' I want to run my hands through his curly grey hair So goodnight --- I gotta get home ...

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‘First Farewell’ will likely be Peggy Seeger’s final original solo album, but mellowing is not her style and she’s not going quietly. Her remarkable 24th solo album underscores her importance & continued relevance as a songwriter and performer, cementing her place as one of the most uncompromising and inspiring female artists of any genre and age.

Foremost, Peggy Seeger is a passionate advocate of the ability of music and community to change lives. With storytelling running through her bones and an unshakable belief that music is activism, these eleven new songs deliver powerful tales both personal and political: Life-long love; the invisibility of old age; the joys of not giving a damn anymore; loneliness; young male suicide; modern slavery; social media addiction and a tongue in cheek twist on the Cinderella story.
Despite some serious topics, ‘First Farewell’ expresses Peggy’s indefatigable optimism, inquisitiveness and sheer lust for life. A deep love runs through it from start to finish, leavened with a healthy dose of wry self-knowledge.

First Farewell is the first to be written and recorded entirely with Peggy’s immediate family members - sons Calum and Neill MacColl (established musicians & songwriters) and daughter-in-law Kate St John (Dream Academy). It’s also her first album to reference her roots as a classically trained pianist rather than entirely as a folk musician. The simple piano arrangements hark back to the avant-garde compositions of her mother, the Guggenheim fellowship composer Ruth Crawford Seeger.

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released April 9, 2021

Produced by Calum MacColl
Mixed by Calum Malcolm
Design & artwork by Kitty MacColl
Photography by Vicki Sharp Photography
Project management by Kerry Harvey-Piper, Red Grape Music Ltd

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Peggy is one of the most influential folk singers on either side of the Atlantic. She is Pete Seeger’s half-sister and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; her first life partner was the English songwriter Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her. She has made more than 22 solo recordings to date. Please check ewanmaccoll.bandcamp.com for other albums featuring Peggy. ... more

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