Friday, May 29, 2009

Folk Songs

The Overalls are putting together a new show for the festival season later in the year. In the past we've played mostly original songs but we've decided to do a show of our favorite folk songs.
The music is simple. You can usually whistle the melody. But these songs are powerful because of the words.
They are usually about justice, hope, and the search for peace. Bob Dylan certainly wasn't the first folk singer, but he was instrumental in weaving the genre into the public consciousness during the sixties. Of course he wasn't alone. Pete Seger, and Peter, Paul & Mary, Eric Anderson, Ian & Sylvia, The Kingston Trio and a host of others sang songs both new and old.
In going back over our old song books, we started a list fore The Overalls. I will post it below, but if you have a favorite, please leave me a comment and we'll see if we can do it too.
Thirsty Boots - Eric Anderson
Blowin' in the Wind -Dylan
I Shall be Released - Dylan
Mr. Tambourine Man - Dylan
Don't Think Twice it's Alright - Peter Paul & Mary
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter Paul & Mary
500 Miles - Peter Paul & Mary
Catch the Wind - Donovan
Four Strong Winds - Kingston Trio
Cotton Fields - The Highwaymen
This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthry
If I had a Hammer - Peter Paul & Mary
Where Have All the Flower's Gone - Pete Seger
Goodnight Irene - Kingston Trio
Early Morning Rain - Peter Paul & Mary
If I were a Carpenter - Cash (among others)
Tom Dooly - Kingston Trio
The Times They Are A Changin' - Dylan
Keep on the Sunny Side - The Whites
Wayfaring Stranger - Emmy Lou Harris

This is just to get us started. Please send your favorites.


  1. A few Modern Folk songs from

    The Avett Brothers

    * The Greatest Sum

    * Murder in the City

    Listen :

  2. Wow. That was a trip down memory lane....
    What a great collection of songs.
    Ms Soup


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