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Lyr Req: The Camera Song

topical tom 07 Mar 12 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,999 07 Mar 12 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,999 07 Mar 12 - 11:37 AM
frogprince 07 Mar 12 - 11:41 AM
Leadfingers 07 Mar 12 - 11:46 AM
topical tom 07 Mar 12 - 02:46 PM
GUEST,999 07 Mar 12 - 02:55 PM
Jeri 07 Mar 12 - 03:03 PM
topical tom 07 Mar 12 - 03:06 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: topical tom
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 10:41 AM

Many years ago now I heard a song( I'm not sure of the title, though)written by Grit Laskin, the instrument-maker, song-writer and singer in Toronto at that time. Pete Seeger (among many others, I'm sure) sang this song. It has to do with a Nikon camera taking a picture and is filled with double entendre. I would love it if someone could find and send me the lyrics as it was skilfully composed and tongue-in-cheek humorous.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 11:35 AM

It's   The Photographer's Ballad

and it's in the dt, tt.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 11:37 AM

Photographer's Ballad
(Grit Laskin)

Well early Saturday morning, I was strolling in the wood
I came upon a lady who by the wayside stood
And what, pray tell, would such a lass as you be doing here?
I've come to take some photographs, said she as I drew near

Said I to her, I do declare, this is a fateful day
For I have come to photograph, the same as you did say
Then I took out my Nikon-F and placed it in her hand
She said that's quite a camera, sir, you have at your command

My camera so delighted her, she could no more delay
She let me see her camera case, wherein her accessories lay
I'm sure, she said, you have most everything that can be bought
Just let me stretch my tripod out before I take some shots

We photographed from haylofts, and up against the wall
If you've not shot on Saturday night, you've not photographed at
   all
She had her shutter open wide, for daylight was all gone
Likewise my naked camera lens, it had its filter on

This lady had experience with cameras, yes, indeed
And I thought her exposures the best I'd ever seen
Although she seemed to tire not as on and on we went
I said I'll have to stop now, my film supply is spent

She said I've had Mirandas, Yashicas and Rolleis
Hasselblad and Pentax, likewise a Polaroid
Fujica, Canon, Nikkormat, a Kodak and the rest
But now I've seen your Nikon-F, and surely it's the best


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: frogprince
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 11:41 AM

We got to hear it from Grit at a local house concert a few years ago.
My wife and I are both shutterbugs, so we got a kick out of it and had to have it on CD.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: Leadfingers
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 11:46 AM

Bill Caddiock has an album (Sunny Memories) inspired by a set of old photos he found in a Junk Shop , all about Photograhy in the early 1900's ! Well worth a look .


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: topical tom
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 02:46 PM

Thank you so much, GUEST 999! Obviously, I should have searched further. Frogprince, could you let me know the title of the cd?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 02:55 PM

info@borealisrecords.com

Write to Paul at that address and he can tell you the record (CD) it's on, cost, etc. Tell him hello from me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 03:03 PM

It's on Grit's CD "Unabashedly Folk".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Camera Song
From: topical tom
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 03:06 PM

Again, many thanks, GUEST 999 and Jeri! I believe this is a folksinger that I have too much ignored.


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