More Songs

(some are copyrighted, so credit is given to writer where known)

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Monaghan's Lament

The second of two songs written by Jed Marum about the "Fighting Tigers" of the 6th Louisiana Infantry.  This one regards the loss of one of the regiment's organizers, Col Billy Monahan, in August, 1864.

 

Franklin's Bloody Plain

©Wayne B. Anderson, 2000

Performed to the tune of the Irish folk song "Spancill Hill"

 

Following the muse of the original song, this describes a fictitious dream that I had about my ancestors in the Battle at Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864.  This is sort of a companion piece to the song, "A Cold Wind's A-comin'," that describes the battle on a more personal level.

 

 

God's Dixie Land

©Wayne B. Anderson, 2000

Performed to the tune of the Irish folk song, "Fiddlers' Green"

 

Following the muse of the original song, this describes a dying old Confederate's explanation of where he was headed after death.  He just couldn't conceive that Heaven could be anything but an untroubled Dixie Land.

 

 

Desert Blues

sung by Jimmie Rodgers, ca. 1930, don't know writer

 

This is an odd, almost novelty, song that stands out from Rodgers other work, most of which are white country blues.

 

 

Waitin' for a Train

another Rodgers song

 

This is one of a number of his bluesy songs that incorporate the railroad and the life of the hoboes of the early Depression era that "rode the rails" looking for handouts, sometimes for work.

 

 

Quick as Dreams

written by Slaid Cleaves, possibly in collaboration with others

 

This song describes a fictitious individual that spent his entire life working with thoroughbred race horses, having initially been a jockey as a teen-ager.  The lyrics describe his memory of the early years and his good friend who was killed in an accident on the track.  Cleaves has said this was inspired by the story of Seabiscuit when the movie of a few years ago was released.  This is one of my veterinarian-in-training son's favorite songs.