Friday, July 04, 2008

Baby steps..

Today's Friday video is brought to you by the music in my head.

I heard this little tune sung by Arlo Guthrie quite a ways back in the day,so I just assumed he wrote it.
Turns out,and after no small amount of research,he had learned it from Pete Seeger.

Well there ya go!
Who doesn't recognize two of the most influential folk artists of our time?
..okay,..probably a lot of youngsters,but still,I'm trying to make a point here dammit!

Digging deeper into the genealogy of the thing,I discovered that it was in fact written by a guy by the name of David Mallett...never heard of him.

Even still,I'm pleased to let him speak for me.

'Inch by inch,row by row,
I'm gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe,
and a piece of fertile ground

That's how we get things done kids.
A piece at a time,one day at a time.

The Lord loves a gardener!

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At 11:41 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

I'm pretty much thinking it's not fair. Arlo Guthrie was my first concert.

Happy 4th of July. Good bye.

At 12:12 PM , Blogger jan said...

I haven't heard this one but I do like it. David Mallett deserves immortality.

At 12:21 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

This youngster definitely knows of both Guthries and Seeger too.

Mallett, no. Thanks sweet.

I love folk music. This song is so touching.

Have a glorious holiday weekend, my friend.

At 12:23 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

Raj just walked in and starting singing every word. His teacher plays it often in her class.

Beautiful, if you hadn't shared I wouldn't have known that tidbit.

At 1:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely! Seeger's "This Land Is Your Land" seems equally apropo on this day. Golly he's such a nifty fellow.

At 1:52 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

'If I had a hammer', 'Where have all the flowers gone',
and 'turn turn turn' favorites..

At 2:46 PM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

if i had a 10 foot high fence, i'd have cash crop in the ground.

At 2:58 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

I first heard this sung by the Irish duo Liam and Clancy - I used to play it in the van when I drove the kids to school - my van my choice of music - and they'd sing along to this and othera

At 3:45 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

(claps little hands until they are red) Oh, I love this song so!

At 7:26 PM , Blogger Mom said...

This is one of my favorite songs. Great message and a singable tune. You and I seem to love the same music.

At 1:26 AM , Blogger Willym said...

My brother taught me that song and so many other Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Weavers numbers. Simple sweet melodies, thoughtful words.. its hard to believe that any of these people were ever thought of as "unpatriotic" and a threat to "the American way of life." Damn it they wrote about the American way of life.

Thanks for this Sling and hope you and the gang had a wonderful 4th!

At 5:03 AM , Blogger Nunnie's Attic said...

Thanks for the lesson, Sling! I had never heard this song before. Although I'm not what you consider young...I have heard of Guthrie and Seeger. Throw in some Peter, Paul and Mary and call it a party!


At 7:05 PM , Blogger Sling said...

booda babe- I actually like Arlo's version better,but wanted to give Dave his props.
Happy 4th to you as well!

jan- Glad to bring something new to you kid. :)

danielle- I think it's interesting that raj's teacher plays this,as the only time I ever heard it was that one time when I was a kid.

Hat- Pete's a national treasure!

yellerdawg- Those are all fave's of our generation I think...It was a different time wasn't it.

billy P.-Like I said,Lord loves a farmer! ;)

middle child- So I had to go check out Liam and Clancy on youtube,and found a couple other favorite songs of mine..Thanks! :)

Rainey- Have you heard it before?
I like the whole faith aspect of the thing.

mom- Well we both have wonderful taste in music doll!

willym- Oh they were scandalous radicals back in the day...Still,they have endured.Lucky for us. :)

julie- I'm a huge PP&M fan myself.
Also,I did run across a nice version of this song by John Denver..Sweet!


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