Thursday, December 9, 2010

"500 Miles"

OK, more 60's folk: (You remember what Martin Mull said about the "folk music scare of the '60s"--"that s*** almost caught on! ...") This '61 Hedy West composition is also known as "Railroader's Lament". Inspired by "Reuben's Train", an old Southern fiddle tune. Bobby Bare, Curly Williams and John Phillips have also received writing credits in subsequent versions. "The simple repetitive lyrics offer a lament by a traveler who is far from home, out of money and too ashamed to return." First recorded by the Journeymen in '61. Other versions include a live rendition by The Kingston Trio and a studio cut on Peter, Paul & Mary's 1st album, both in '62. A re-written version by Bobby Bare made the Country charts in '63. Also covered by Sonny & Cher, The Seekers, Roseanne Cash and Peter & Gordon.

Yesterday's answer: "Lemon Tree" It compares love to a lemon tree. Not too bad, considering that Gordon Lightfoot has compared girls to rainbow trouts and knotty pines.

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