Love Call Me Home

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Love Call Me Home

the song texts with notes on where these traditional songs come from by Elisabeth Higgins Null with Charles H. Baum - March15, 2007

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released April 26, 2005

Appleseed Recordings
Produced & directed by Calum MacColl & Neill MacColl
Mixed by Rafe Mckenna
Mastered by Duncan Cowell at Ace Sound Mastering, London, England
Designed by Kitty MacColl & Katie Lilington
Special thanks to Lewis Atkinson & Justine Picardie

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Peggy Seeger Oxford, UK

Born in 1935, Peggy 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 and to whom she bore three children. Her best-known pieces are Gonna Be an Engineer and The Ballad of Springhil. She tours extensively in the UK/USA and Australia & has made 22 solo recordings to date ... more

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Track Name: Sing About These Hard Time
01 SING ABOUT THESE HARD TIMES

words and music and © 2003 Peggy Seeger
administered by harmony music, ltd.
Listen to Sing About These Hard Times (mp3)

Chorus: Sing about these hard times,
Sing all about these hard old times,
Sing about these hard times
When will the good times roll?

I worked hard, I played my part
That's what I did right from the start
But these hard times are gonna break my heart
When will the good times roll? (chorus)

Life gets harder every year
Those with the least have the most to fear
Those with the most just don't care
When will the good times roll? (chorus)

The big corporations got no home
And the men on the Hill got hearts of stone
They worry my life like a dog with a bone
When will the good times roll? (chorus)

They moved my job to Mexico
Where the children slave and the pay is low
How I'm gonna live I just don't know
When will the good times roll? (chorus)

O, the world is ill divided
Those who work most are the least provided
& When they got a war they want US to fight it
When will the good times roll? (chorus)
Track Name: Poor Ellen Smith
02 POOR ELLEN SMITH

words and music, USA traditional
from the singing of Texas Gladden and the playing of her brother,
Hobart Smith
5-string banjo tuning: Key of G, ordinary G tuning on 5-string banjo
Listen to Poor Ellen Smith (mp3)

Poor Ellen Smith, how was she found?
Shot through the heart lying dead on the ground.

Who had the heart, O who had the skill
To shoot my poor love for a ten dollar bill.

I saw her on Monday before that sad day
They come and they taken her body away.

I did ask sweet Ellen to be my dear wife
I loved her too dearly to take her sweet life.

Now she's in her grave, hand on her breast
And the bloodhounds and sheriff don't give me no rest.

I hung out six weeks afraid of the time
They might find the one who committed that crime.

They took their Winchesters, hunted me down
They come and they got me in Mount Airy Town.

Now I'm in jail, a prisoner am I,
But I know God is with me, hears every cry.

The jury will hang me, that is if they can
but God knows I die an innocent man.

My brother wrote me, wrote me to say
The flowers on her grave have all faded away.
Track Name: Hangman
03 HANGMAN

words and music: USA traditional
The Hangman Song, © 1965 Jean Ritchie for the Ritchie Family, KY
guitar tuning: key of C#major; 6:low C#; 5: low G#; 4-1, as in normal
guitar tuning; play as if in C

Hangman, hangman, slack up your rope
Slack it for awhile
I look over yonder and I seen Pa coming
Coming for many a mile.

Say Pa, say Pa, have you brung me no gold,
Gold to pay my fine?
No sir, no sir, brung you no gold,
Gold to pay your fine,
I've just come for to see you hanged
All on the gallows line.

Hangman, hangman, slack up your rope
Slack it for awhile
I look over yonder and I see Ma coming
Coming for many a mile.

Say Ma, say Ma, have you brung me no gold,
Gold to pay my fine?
No sir, no sir, brung you no gold,
Gold to pay your fine,
I've just come for to see you hanged
All on the gallows line.

Hangman, hangman, slack up your rope
Slack it for awhile
I look over yonder, seen my true love coming
Coming for many a mile.

True love, I stretch my hand to thee
No other help I know;
If you withdraw your hand from me
O whither shall I go?

True love, true love, have you brung me no gold,
Gold to pay my fine?
Yes sir, yes sir, brung you some gold,
Gold to pay your fine,
I've not come for to see you hanged
All on the gallows line.

It's hard to love, hard to be loved,
Hard to make up your mind;
You've broke the heart of many poor girl
True love, but you won't break mine.
Track Name: Careless Love
04 CARELESS LOVE

words and music: traditional USA


CHORUS:
Love, 0 love, O careless love
Love, O love, O careless love
Love, O love, O careless love
See what careless love have done.

Love my momma and poppa too (3)
I'd leave them both to go with you. (chorus)

When I wore my apron low (3)
You'd follow me through rain and snow.

Now my apron's to my chin (3)
You pass my door and won't come in. (chorus)

On this railroad bank I stand (3)
All for the love of a railroad man.

How I wish that train would come (3)
And take me back where I come from. (chorus)
Track Name: Love Is Teasing
05 LOVE IS TEASING

words and music: traditional USA
O. Love is Teasin'© Arr., additional words, music, Jean Ritchie. From the singing of Peggy Stanton (born Co. Sligo, Eire) at Henry St. Settlement, NYC, in 1947.

Love is teasing, love is pleasing
Love is a jewel when first 'tis new
But love grows older then waxes colder
And fades away like morning dew.

I left my father, I left my mother
I left my brothers and sisters too
I left my home and kind relations
I left them all just to follow you.

O, if I'd known before I courted
That love had-a been such a killin' thing
I'd have locked my heart in a box of golden
And pinned it up with a silver pin.

I never thought when love was a-borning
That it would grow wings and fly away
How many a bright sunshiny morning
Turns out a dark and a dreary day.

So girls, beware of false true lovers
And never mind what they do or say
They're like the stars on a summer's morning
You think they're near and they're far away.

Love is teasing, love is pleasing
Love is a jewel when first 'tis new
But love grows older then waxes colder
And fades away like morning dew.
Track Name: Rynerdine
06 RYNERDINE

words and music: traditional USA
lap dulcimer tuning: Key of F; double strings tuned to a high C; lower strings on a middle C and F below middle C

One morning as I rambled
Two miles below Palm Roy;
I met a farmer's daughter
All on the mountain high.

I said, My dear, my fair one,
Your beauty shines so clear
All on this lonely mountain
I'm glad to meet you here.

Your beauty has ensnared me
I cannot pass you by,
But with my gun I'll guard you
All on the mountains high.

These words were scarcely spoken
When she fell in a maze,
Her eyes as bright as diamonds
Upon me she did gaze.

Her rosy lips and cheeks
They lost their former hue
And she fell in my arms
Silent as morning dew.

I had but kissed her once or twice
When she come to again
and modestly she asked me
Pray, sir, what is your name?

Go look in yonder forest
My castle you will find
'Tis wrote in ancient history
My name is Rynerdine.

But now, my dear, my fair one,
Don't let your parents know
For they may prove my ruin
Perhaps my overthrow.

If you come to yonder forest
Perhaps you' will me find,
Enquire at my castle
Call for Rynerdine.

She sought him in his forest
Perhaps she did him find.
But she's not in that castle
Nor is Rynerdine.
Track Name: London Bridge
07 LONDON BRIDGE

words and music: traditional USA
5-string banjo tuning: Key of Eb; 5th and 3rd, low Gb; 4th, low Eb; 3rd, Bb; 2nd, D.

London's Bridge is falling down
Do Lord, remember me
London's Bridge is falling down
On the prettiest girl I know.

Choose you a partner, honey my love,
Do Lord, remember me
Choose you a partner, honey my love
You're the prettiest girl I know

Kiss your partner, honey my love,
Do Lord, remember me (etc)

Circle round, honey my love (etc)

Take her home, honey my love (etc)

Choose you another one, honey my love (etc)

Circle round, honey my love (etc)

Hug your partner. honey my love (etc)

Then take her home, honey my love (etc)

London's Bridge is a-falling down
Do Lord, remember me
London's Bridge is a-falling down
On the prettiest girl I know.
Track Name: Loving Hannah
08 LOVING HANNAH

words and music: traditional USA
© 1965 Jean Ritchie, Geordie Music Publishing Co

I went to church on Sunday
My true love passed me by
I knew her mind was changing
By the roving of her eye.
By the roving of her eye,
By the roving of her eye,
I knew her mind was changing
By the roving of her eye.

O Hannah, loving Hannah,
Come give to me your hand,
You said if ever you'd marry
That I would be your man,
That I would be (etc)

Now you have broke your promise
Go home with who you please,
While my poor heart is aching,
Here lying at your ease. (etc)

My Hannah's tall and handsome,
Her hands are long and small,
I know she is good-natured
And that's the best of all. (etc)

I'll go down to the river
When everyone's asleep,
I'll think of loving Hannah
And then sit down and weep. (etc)
Track Name: Bad Bad Girl
09 BAD BAD GIRL

from the singing of Ozella Jones. State Penitentiary, Raiford, Florida, 1936
Listen to Bad Bad Girl (mp3)

I been a bad, bad girl
Wouldn't treat nobody right.
I been a bad, bad girl
Wouldn't treat nobody right.
They wanna give me thirty-five year
Someone wanted to take my life.

CHORUS:
Now'm so sorry, even the day I was born
Now'm so sorry, even the day I was born.
I wanna say to all you bad fellas
That you are in the wrong.

Judge, please don't kill me,
I won't be bad no more
Judge, please don't kill me
I won't be bad no more.
I'll listen to everybody,
Something I never done before. (chorus)

I'm sittin' here in prison
With my black cap on
I'm sittin' here in prison
With my black cap on.
Boys, remember me
Even when I am dead and gone. (chorus)
Track Name: Logan Country Jail
10 LOGAN COUNTY JAIL

words and music: traditional USA
5-string banjo tuning: Key of F#minor (modal tuning); 5th: high F#; 4th: low C#; 3rd: low F#; 2nd: low B; lst: C#

When I was a little boy, I worked on market Square
I used to pocket money, but I never did it fair;
I rode along the highway, I learned to rob and steal
When I made a big haul, how happy did I feel
How happy did I feel.

I used to wear the white hat, my horse and buggy fine,
I used to court a pretty girl, I always called her mine.
I courted her for beauty, her love to me was rare,
She'd throw her arms around me and kiss me unaware.
And kiss me unaware.

One night as I lay sleeping, I dreamed a mighty dream
I dreamed I was a merchant marching down the golden stream.
I woke all brokenhearted in Logan County Jail
Not a friend around me for to go my bail,
For to go my bail.

Down came the jailer after ten o'clock
With a bunch of keys all in his hand, he shoved 'em in the lock
Cheer up, cheer up, you prisoner, I thought I heard him say,
You're going around to Moundsville, seven years to stay,
Seven years to stay.

Down came my darling, ten dollars in her hand,
O my dearest darling, I've done all that I can.
May the lord be with you wherever you may go,
And the devil take the jury for sending you below,
For sending you below.

Sitting by the railroad, waiting for the train,
I'm going away to Moundsville to wear the ball and chain.
I'm going away to leave you, darling don't you cry,
Take a glass of whisky and let it all go by,
Let it all go by.
Track Name: Who Killed Cock Robin
11 WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN?

traditional USA
from the singing of Edith Harmon, East Tennessee, with added verses
5-string banjo tuning: Key of Fm; 5th: high F; 4th: low C; 3rd: low F; 2nd: low Bb; lst: middle C

Who killed Cock Robin?
I, said the sparrow
With my little bow and arrow,
I killed Cock Robin.

Who saw him die?
I, said the fly,
With my little beady eye,
I saw him die.

Who caught his blood?
I, said the fish,
In my little silver dish,
I caught his blood.

Who will sew his shroud?
I, said the beetle,
With my little threaded needle,
I will sew his shroud.

Who will dig his grave?
I, said the crow,
With my little spade and hoe,
I will dig his grave.

Who will be the parson?
I, said the lark,
If it isn't after dark,
I will be the parson.

Who will carry the torch?
I, said the linnet,
I will fetch it in a minute,
I will carry the torch.

Who will haul him there?
I, said the bull,
Because I can pull,
I will haul him there.

Who will lay him in?
I, said the crane,
And I hope it doesn't rain,
I will lay him in.

Who will pat his grave?
I, said the bat
And I'll make it smooth and flat
I will pat his grave.

Who will sing his song?
I, said the swallow,
Just as loud as I can holler,
I will sing his song.

Who will weep and mourn?
I, said the wren,
My grief will never end,
I will weep and mourn.
Track Name: Love Call Me Home
12 LOVE CALL ME HOME

words, music and © 2001 Peggy Seeger
administered by Bucks Music, London UK

When the waters are deep,
Friends carry me over
When I cry in my sleep
Love call me home.

CHORUS:
Time, ferry me down the river,
Friends carry me safely over
Life, tend me on my journey
Love call me home.

When the waters are cold
Friends carry me over
When I'm losing my hold
Love call me home. (chorus)

When I'm weary and cannot swim
Friends carry me over
Open your arms and take me in
Love call me home. (chorus)

Take the gift I bring
Friends carry me over
Deep within me life is singing
Love call me home. (chorus)

Life offers a chance
For friends to carry us over
Time can stop or dance forever
Love call me home. (chorus)

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