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Headlines and Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs

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Peg and Awl
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Titanic, The (When That Great Ship Went Down)
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The Sinking of the Reuben James
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Listen, Mr. Bilbo
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Hold the Line
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Passing Through
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Coal Creek March / Pay Day at Coal Creek / Roll Down the Line (medley)
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I Come and Stand at Every Door
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Times A-Getting Hard
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Little Boxes
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From Way Up Here
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The Battle of Maxton Field
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My Get Up and Go
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The Bells of Rhymney
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Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
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Guantanamera
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There Once Was a Woman Who Swallowed a Lie
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Wasn't That a Time
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Viva La Quince Brigada
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Wimoweh
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English is Cuh-Ray-Zee (English is Crazy)
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Odds on Favorite
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Little of This and That, A
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good oldies

portgeorge

Always liked the sound of Peter Seeger and I am not disappointed

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The Legacy of Pete Seeger

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

Pete Seeger's contributions to American music were so titanic that it's easy to overlook them, or to assume they've always been there. To many, the folk singer, who died January 28 at the age of 94, was simply the old man of American music, the frail, earnest gentleman who turned up to one progressive gathering after another, blessing it with his presence and perhaps leading a sing-along. He also had a habit of pointing the… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Like the prior compilation If I Had a Hammer, this focuses a little loosely on topical songs, concentrating on (but not limited to) ones that deal with specific events. At a glance this might seem like a less essential anthology, since If I Had a Hammer contained major songs identified with Seeger like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “We Shall Overcome,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” It’s actually on the same musical and lyrical level, however, and again has versions of some of the most famous tunes written or popularized by Seeger: “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” “Wimoweh,” “Guantanamera,” “Wasn’t that a Time,” Malvina Reynolds’ “Little Boxes,” “I Come and Stand at Every Door,” and “The Bells of Rhymney” (the last two of which were covered by the Byrds in the mid-’60s). About half of these are taken from Folkways Recordings, but about half are previously unreleased live versions or studio outtakes, so from a collector’s point of view this disc is pretty interesting as well. Of course with a Seeger recording, the educational and inspirational values are about as important as the musical ones, and the lesser-known songs usually also have something to make one think, whether it’s a narrative of the Titanic disaster or the anti-racist “Listen Mr. Bilbo.” Almost all performances were recorded in the ’50s and ’60s; three songs recorded between 1994 and 1999 find Seeger’s voice fading and shaky, though his heart’s intact. – Richie Unterberger

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