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BURY ME IN MY OVERALLS
FROM WAY UP HERE
IF YOU LOVE ME
JUST A LITTLE RAIN
LITTLE BOXES
LITTLE BOXES RE-VISITED
MAGIC PENNY
ROSIE JANE
THE BANKERS AND THE DIPLOMATS
THE BOY SALUTES
THE MONEY CROP
TURN AROUND


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Subject: Everything Malvina!
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 02:34 PM

Man, do I need a Malvina Reynolds fix. I love her voice, and her songs (that I've heard or read.)

I want to get a copies of You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out, God Bless the Grass...already have Little Boxes on a compilation somewhere.

I've been checking CDnow etc for cd's...not sure what to invest in. I want everything so I don't miss any gems (maybe they all are). Also interested in books, biographies, etc. And stories of having met her.

Thanks, Michael


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Sorcha
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 02:39 PM

Malvina's Home Page


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:11 PM

Try Dick Greenhaus's company, Camsco (which will benefit him, you, and Mudcat/DT), or try Front Hall Records. Sorry I'm not computer-literate enough to do a blue clicky.
Links added by clicky-elves - JRO


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Subject: Malvina Reynolds
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:23 PM

The home page makes mention of a Smitsononian/Folkways recording called Ear to the Ground, a collection of 23 cuts recorded by Malvina. Rosalie Sorrels canme out with a Malvina tribute CD called No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds. Bot of these CD's are good, but I prefer the one by Malvina herself. Click here for more information about these recordings. There are some Malvina songbooks click here, butAmazon lists them as "special order," which often means they're out of print and unavailable. Oak Publications had a couple of gems, Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs (1964) and The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds (1967). In 1976, Malvina's Shroder Music Company published There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds. You may be able to find these by checking the used book merchants like Bookfinder. Sorry, my copies aren't for sale, but I'm willing to post lyrics for any of the songs. I'll post the songbook indexes later.

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Index: Malvina Reynolds Songbooks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 03:47 PM

Here goes:

The Malvina Reynolds Songbook (2nd edition, 1974)
The Albatross
Backyard Blues
The Ballad of Robban’s First Ride
The Battle of Maxton Field
The Bloody Neat
Bury Me In My Overalls
The Cement Octopus
DDT on my Brain (apparently deleted from this edition)
Daddy’s In the Jail
The Day the Freeeway Froze
The Desert
The Devil’s Baptizin
Dialectic
The Emperor’s Nightingale
Fantastic Man
The Faucets Are Dripping
The Fragile Sea
From Way Up Here
God Bless the Grass
Green Shadows
I Don’t Have Anything
I Wish You Were Here
It Isn’t Nice
Let It Be
Let Them Eat Cake
Little Boxes
The Little Red Hen
Magic Penny
The Money Crop
Morningtown Ride
Mrs. Clara Sullivan’s Letter
The New Restaurant
No Hole In My Head
No Room
On the Rim of the World
The Pied Piper
Quiet
Rand Hymn
Rosie Jane
Singin Jesus
Skagit Valley Forever
Somewhere Between
There’ll Come a Time
There’s a Bottom Below
This House Is Your House
This World
Tokyo Farewell
Tungsten
Turn Around
Uneasy Dreams
The Walker Outside
We Can Stop Here
We Hate To See Them Go
The Whale
What Have They Done to the Rain
Wheels
World Gone Beautiful
You’ll Be A Man
If You Love Me
Look On the Sunny Side
Carolina Cotton Mill Song
We Don’t Need the Men
World In Their Pocket


Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs (1964)
Alone
Andorra
Battle of Maxton Field
Billy Boy
Black Horse
Bring Flowers
Bury Me In My Overalls (DT)
Count Ten
Dialectic (see below)
Don't Talk To Me of Love
Do Something Wrong
Eight Candles
Faucets Are Dripping
From Way Up Here (DT)
I Live In A City
I Wish You Were Here
In Bethlehem
Johnny Built A House
Let It Be
Let Us Come In (Party Crasher's Carol)
Little Boxes (DT)
Little Land
Magic Penny (DT)
Morningtown Ride^^
Nobody
Oh, Doctor
One of the Family
Patchwork of Dreams
Pied Piper
Place to Be
Preedle Proddle
Quiet
Rand Hymn
Sally Don't You Grieve
Sausalito Fire
Sing Along
Somewhere Between
Temptation
The Desert
The Emperor's Nightingale
The Little Mermaid
The Miracle
The Moment
The Pets
There'll Come A Time
This World (see below)
Turn Around (DT)
Upside Down
We Don't Need The Men
We Hate to See Them Go (DT)
What Have They Done to the Rain? (DT)
Where Is The Little Street
You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out



The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds (1967)
Born in the Town
Singin Jesus
The Money Crop (DT)
The Delinquent
Run, Run, the Tree Is Falling
The Falling Tree
The Lambeth Children O
Ring Like A Bell
God Bless the Grass
I Believe
This House is Your House
The Man Says Jump
No Hole In My Head
Bitter Rain
A Short History of Warfare
The Devil's Baptizin'
I Don't Mind Failing
The Highway
We Can Stop Here
The New Restaurant^^
The Cement Octopus
The Day The Freeway Froze
Seventy Miles
I Don't Understand
It Isn't Nice^^
What's Goin On Down There
The Little Red Hen (check this)
The Boy Salutes (DT)
Jail House Buddy
Rail Birds
Don't Push Me
They've Got Everything
The Bloody Neat
Money Blues
Where Did My Money Go?
Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter (posted below)
I Lived Through This Day
Sleep, Come On By
A White and Orange Aeroplane
Red Bird
Jeannie
The Tour of the Irish Fusiliers
Shaggy Baggy Man
I Don't Care About You
Uneasy Dreams
Say Something Nice
The Corners of Your Mind
This Dream I Have
The Soul of an Onion
Never Argue With a Bee
The Good Ship O'Connor
Down to Hanson's
Jenny Appleseed
All Over Everything
Little Kids
Judy's Song

Inscriptions on a Ginger Jar
Sorrow is a Curse
Morrison Building, U. C.
Bookmark for a Gideon Bible
Dialectics
Birthday Card
Atonal
Stocktaking
Runners in the Street
Nativity



There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds (1976)
The Alameda Mountains
All Over Everything
Artichokes
Black Horse
The Desert
Don't Push Me
Early in the Morning
Eight Candles
Everybody Says
Eight Candles
Faucets Are Dripping
From Way Up Here (DT)
Galaxy
God Bless the Grass
Green Shadows
Griddle Cakes
I Live in a City
If You Love Me (in DT - shown as by Rosalie Sorrels)
If You Want a Friend
It's Up to You
I've Got a Song
Jenny Appleseed
Johnny Built a House
Kennebunkport
The Lambeth Children
Let It Be
Let Us Come In
Little Boxes (DT)
Magic Penny (DT)
Magical Song
Morningtown Ride^^
My Street
Never Argue With a Bee
Never Touch a Singing Bird
The New Restaurant
Non-Ads
Nothing to Say
Pea Soup Song
The Pets
Place To Be
Preedle Proddle
Quiet
The Rigatoni Song
Ring Like a Bell
Run Run the Tree Is Falling
Skagit Valley
Sweet Stuff
There'll Come a Time
There's Music in the Air
Timing Nancy's Nap
Turn Around (DT)
The Whale
What Have They Done to the Rain? (DT)
What Time Is It?
Wheels
You Can't Make A Turtle Come Out


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 05:03 PM

Thanks for the posts. The Malvina site is great, and I'll be checking the other links soon.

MA


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Subject: Lyrics ADD: Malvina Reynolds songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 08:47 PM

Here are the lyrics posted at the Malvina Reynolds Website, at the link shown above.
-Joe Offer-

Ear to the Ground Song Lyrics

Check out the Ear to the Ground page at Folkways which has audio for some of the songs. Album Notes: http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=2675

THE ALBATROSS

It is an ancient mariner
Who stoppeth one of three.
He killed the blessed albatross
When he was out to sea,
And the guilt it hangs about his neck,
The same as you and me,
Poor old sailor
Who shot the gentle bird.

I don't know why he shot him,
The silly gooney duck,
But if you shoot an albatross
You sure are out of luck,
For forever, ever, after
It will hang around your neck.
Poor old sailor
Who shot the gentle bird.

I also wear the albatross,
The bird of guilt I bear,
I shafted my best buddy
In a moment of despair,
And the guilt is always with me
In my dreams and everywhere.
Poor old sailor
Who shot the gentle bird.

Yet those that kill their thousands
With napalm in the street,
They live a good respected life
And sleep an easy sleep,
And they'd never shoot an albatross,
It isn't good to eat.
Poor old sailor,
Who shot the gentle bird.

So never kill a gooney bird
Or knife your loving kin,
And never burn a single soul,
Be sure it's more than ten,
And never do a stick-up,
But gouge the world of men,
And leave bad dreams to sailors
Who kill the gentle bird.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1968


BORAXO

Boraxo, Boraxo
The greatest stuff of all,
Boraxo in the bathroom, detergents in the hall,
Your dainty feet don't touch the street
Like people poor and mean,
And your conscience is washed clean
With Boraxo.

Chorus:
It's all right, it's all right,
If you're righteous it's all right,
Tho you've had your hands in blood up to the elbow,
You can always wash them clean with Boraxo.

The cop shot the Rector on the roof,
The cop is clear of blame,
His uniform was spotless,
His rifle was the same.
The coppers carry dark wood clubs
So blood can not be seen
And they always wash them clean
With Boraxo

Chorus

The student is protesting,
The copper clubs his hair,
His head is private property
But no one seems to care,
The happiness he's fighting for
Is earth and life and green,
And it can't be scoured clean
With Boraxo

Chorus

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1969 by Schroder Music Co, Renewed 1997


BURY ME IN MY OVERALLS

Bury me in my overalls,
Don't use my gabardines.
Bury me in my overalls
Or in my beat-up jeans.
Give my suit to Uncle Jake,
He can wear it at my wake.
And bury me in my overalls.

The undertaker will get my dough,
The grave will get my bones,
And what is left will have to go
For one of those granite stones,
But this suit cost me two weeks pay
So let it live another day,
And bury me in my overalls.

The grave it is a quiet place,
There is no labor there,
And I will rest more easy
In the clothes I always wear,
This suit was made for warmer climes,
Holidays and happy times,
So bury me in my overalls.

I gave a hand to clear the land
And make the cities rise,
I helped to bring the harvest in
And laid the railroad ties,
I've boomed about from east to west,
It's time I had a little rest,
So bury me in my overalls.

And when I get to heaven
Where they tally work and sin,
They'll open up those pearly gates
And holler, “Come on in!
A working stiff like you, we know,
Has had his share of hell below,
So come to glory in your overalls.”

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company, 1956


CAROLINA COTTON MILL SONG

Oh I love to get into my clean bed
With the sheets so fair and white,
And when I am in my clean bed
I sleep through most of the night,
And my dreams are hardly troubled
By the worrying of my mind
For the workers who die of the brown lung
In the mills of Caroline.

CHORUS Oh the mystical people, they think they are wise,
With the smooth on their faces and stars in their eyes,
But the truths of this system are spoken and sung
By the workers who bear the brown lung.

Oh it's Burlington and Stevens,
And the names we wives know well,
Who advertise the sheets and towels
And give us the old soft sell,
And they'd rather buy the government men
With promotions here and there,
Than pay out company profits
For to clean the cotton mill air.

CHORUS

Oh some people talk of the yin and yang
And walk in a karma daze,
As though the influence of the stars
Could change millowners ways,
But the people who work in the cotton mills
Know how the world is run,
And they need some help of an earthly kind
To live their time in the sun.

CHORUS

Oh the mystics they wear the blue jeans
But their heads are in the stars,
For they do not know how the denim is made
Nor the years of workers' wars.
And my place is not in an ivory tower
Or seeking some power divine,
But it's out on the bricks with the union folks
At the mills in Caroline.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


DIALECTIC

It's hard to believe that people live in such palaces,
With fine carved wood and carpets like clouds on the floor,
And ride around in gold-plated automobiles
With a flunky to drive and a flunky to open the door.
It's hard to believe, but people do live that way.
And that's why thousands live on the riverbank
And have hardly enough to eat from day to day.

It's hard to believe that thousands live in such shanties,
Or are jammed into slums where we do not usually go,
And they don't know how they'll make it to the next payday,
If they have a payday, that is, when things get slow.
It's hard to believe, but people do live that way,
And that's why a few live in real palaces,
And cannot spend money as fast as they get it,
No matter how hard they try,
Or how many houses and automobiles they buy.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1960


IT ISN'T NICE

It isn't nice to block the doorway
It isn't nice to go to jail
There are nicer ways to do it
But the nice ways always fail
It isn't nice, it isn't nice
You told us once, you told us twice
But if that is Freedom's price
We don't mind.

It isn't nice to carry banners
Or to sit in on the floor
Or to shout our cry of Freedom
At the hotel and the store
It isn't nice, it isn't nice
You told us once, you told us twice
But if that is Freedom's price
We don't mind.

We have tried negotiations
And the three-man picket line,
Mr. Charlie didn't see us
And he might as well be blind.
Now our new ways aren't nice
When we deal with men of ice,
But if that is Freedom's price
We don't mind.

How about those years of lynchings
And the shot in Evers' back?
Did you say it wasn't proper
Did you stand out on the track?
You were quiet just like mice
Now you say we aren't nice
But if that is Freedom's price
We don't mind.

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1964 by Schroder Music Company


THE JUDGE SAID

The judge said, Screw 'em,
Boys, you're only human,
They brought it on themselves
By being born a woman.
Like a mountain's there to climb
And food's there to be eaten,
Woman's there to rape
To be shoved around and beaten.

CHORUS:
The judge took his position,
The judge he wouldn't budge,
So we've got out this petition
And we're going to screw the judge.

Now if you beat a horse or dog
Or violate a bank,
Simonson will haul you in
And throw you in the clink,
But violate a woman,
Your equal and your peer,
The judge will slap you on the wrist
And lay the blame on her.

CHORUS

To draw a true conclusion
From what Simonson has said,
Woman has to live in fear
And cover up her head.
She has to dress in purdah
And lock herself in cages.
And this kinky judge in Madison
Is from the Middle Ages.

NEW CHORUS:
The judge took his position,
The judge he wouldn't budge,
So we've got out this petition
And we're going to dump the judge.

Tune: When Johnny Comes Marching Home.
Words by Malvina Reynolds. Copyright Schroder Music Company 1977


LOOK ON THE SUNNY SIDE

Look on the sunny side,
Sugar's going up,
Sugar it will poison you,
Don't put it in your cup,
Lay off the soda pop.
Don't drink those colas,
They'll eat away your molars
And the googlies and the twinkies
Will put you on the blinkies
Pass 'em by,
Also the pie.

Chorus:

Look on the sunny side,
The sunny honey funny bunny side.

Look on the sunny side,
Gas is out of sight,
Gasoline it fouls the air
And dims the heavenly light,
The blossoms get the blight.
You'll do much better hiking it,
Streaking it or biking it.
If an auto is required
On the job where you've been hired,
Stay at home,
Tell em you're tired.

Chorus

Look on the sunny side,
Your old man left you flat.
Your old man was a nuisance,
He criticized your cat,
He wore your favorite hat.
When you felt like you were dyin
He'd split and leave you cryin,
When you did not need him there,
He'd be crawlin in your hair,
Pass him by,
Also the pie.

Chorus

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Co. 1974


LITTLE BOXES

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same,
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there's doctors and lawyers
And business executives
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same,
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1962, Schroder Music Company


THE LITTLE MOUSE

A little mouse got into the wires
At the central clearing house in Buenos Aires
One little mouse short-circuited the computers,
Says a press dispatch from Reuters
Hooray for the little mouse,
That mucked up the clearing house,
And threw the stock exchange in a spin
And made the bankers cry.
So much for the electronic brains,
That run the world of banks and aeroplanes,
And if one little mouse can set them all awry,
Why not you and I?

Then there was another item in the papers
About a banks computers
That messed up the accounts
So the farmer's checks all bounced,
So his business fell apart.
And it nearly broke his heart.
So he took the bank to court
And they gave him an award
Of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
The bank appealed and on due consideration,
The higher court doubled the compensation.
So if a computer does it to you,
You can sue
Or chew the wires through.

Repeat first verse.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


THE LITTLE RED HEN

The little red hen found a grain of wheat,
Said “This looks good enough to eat
But I'll plant it instead, make me some bread,”
Said to the other guys down the street,
“Who will help me plant this wheat?”

Chorus:

“Not I!” said the dog and the cat,
“Not I!” said the mouse and the rat,
“I will then,” said the Little Red Hen,
And she did.

Well the sun shone bright, the rain it blew,
The grain of wheat it grew and grew,
It began to sprout, headed out,
Till it was ripe enough,
Said, “Who will help me harvest this stuff?”

Chorus

She lugged it to the miller to grind to flour,
Cause the others would offer her no manpower,
And at baking time, they all declined
To help her with the job;
They were a dog gone no-good mob.

Chorus

The bread looked good and smelled so fine
The others came running and fell in line;
“We'll do our part with all our heart
To help you eat this chow!”
She said, “I do not need you now.

“I planted and hoed this grain of wheat,
Them that works not, shall not eat,
That's my credo,” the little bird said,
And that's why they called her Red.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1965


MAGIC PENNY

Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away,
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

It's just like a magic penny,
Hold it tight and you won't have any.
Lend it, spend it and you'll have so many
They'll roll all over the floor, for

Chorus

Money's dandy and we like to use it
But love is better if you don't refuse it,
It's a treasure and you'll never lose it
Unless you lock up your door, for

Chorus

So let's go dancing till the break of day
And if there's a piper, we can pay
For love is something if you give it away
You end up having more.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Northern Music Co. 1955, 1958


MARIO'S DUCK

Mario had a little pet duck,
They couldn't afford a dog or a cat,
But a duck needs only scraps to eat,
Though scraps were the family's principal meat.
Mario's father was God knows where.
After a drunk he would stagger in,
Out of work and in despair,
To brood and curse and be gone again.

Mother washed fine clothes every day
For the rich people, for little pay,
Seven kids she raised alone,
And Mario was the youngest one.
This was in Chile some years ago,
When the people were poor as they are now.
Allende tried to change things round
But the CIA's Junta shot him down.

The story that I am telling you
Happened in Chile a while ago,
Mario walking a dusty road
Looking for rags or a scrap of food.
But there as he walked along his way
Somebody's duck that had gone astray
Followed him down around the bend
And took the boy for his brother and friend.

The farmer laughed and let him go,
But Mario's mother said, “Oh no!
We can't afford pets in the barrio.”
“I'll find him his food,” said Mario.
Everyone smiled at the funny two,
The little duck went where the boy would go,
They played all day by the cabin door
And slept on the pallet on the floor

As if there weren't troubles to spare,
Alicia gets pregnant, Alicia the fair,
And how can they marry with no place to go?
There are no more rooms in the barrio.
But mama manages everything,
A wedding dress and a wedding ring.
Two satin sheets that got lost somehow
In the washing, become the wedding gown.

The wedding ring is a silver band
That once graced mamacita's hand,
And a room is made out of boards and tin
Built onto the hut that they all lived in.
The wedding bouquet was Mario's find,
Field flowers of every kind,
Pretty and bright and arranged with taste
To hide Alicia's swelling waist.

And what did they have for the wedding feast
For the bride and the guests and the village priest?
It was Mario's duck, with the feathers gone,
Crowning the table, roasted brown!
What a strange wedding they had that day,
Eating and drinking and all so gay,
And Mario, crying, up in the tree
Throwing rocks at the company.

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1976


THE MONEY CROP

Well money has its own way,
And money has to grow,
It grows on human blood and bone
As any child would know.
It's iron stuff and paper stuff
With no life of its own,
And so it gets its growing sap
From human blood and bone.

Many a child goes hungering
Because the wage is low,
And men die on the battlefield
To make the money grow.
And those that take the money crop
Are avid without end,
They plant it in the tenements
To make it grow again.

The little that they leave for us
It cannot be a seed,
We spend it on the shoddy clothes
And every daily need,
We spend it in a minute,
In an hour it is gone,
To find its way to grow again
On human blood and bone,
Blood and bone.

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1966, Schroder Music Co.


ON THE RIM OF THE WORLD

She inches along on the rim of the world,
Always about to go over,
How she can manage I never will know,
To get from one day to the other.
Scrounging a buck or a bed
Or the share of a roof for her head,
This nobody's child, this precarious girl,
Who lives on the rim of the world.

She looks like a princess in somebody's rags,
She dreams of a world without danger,
Climbing a stair to a room of her own
With someone who isn't a stranger,
But now she eats what she can,
And accepts what there is for a man,
This nobody's child, this precarious girl,
Who lives on the rim of the world.

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Co. 1973


ROSIE JANE

This song is addressed to my sisters.
Any man who is present may listen,
Any priest, any public official, any physician.
But it gives him no license to touch us,
We make the decision.
Me and Lydia, Josie and Rosie and Eve,
We handle this matter ourselves, you'd better believe,
Or you'd better leave.

CHORUS

Rosie Jane, are you pregnant again? Rosie Jane,
You can hardly take care of the four you had before.
What in heaven's name were you thinking of!
Rosie Jane, was it love?

I had an extra shot, on top of what I'd got,
In a word I was drunk, so was Bill.
At least I think it was Bill, and I'd forgot to take my pill.
I guess it was God's will.

CHORUS

When that baby is a child, it will suffer from neglect,
Be picked upon and pecked, and run over and wrecked,
And its head will be crowned with the thorn,
But while it's inside her it must remain intact,
And it cannot be murdered till it's born.

CHORUS

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1973


SKAGIT VALLEY FOREVER

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds

There's a fine green valley not far from Vancouver,
Home of the black bear, the marten and the cougar.
It's the tree-rich valley where the Skagit River flows,
A home for God's creatures since Heaven only knows.

CHORUS
Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
Ray Williston is selling you away,
Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
They would turn you to a mud-pond
To run the Coca-Cola coolers
In Seattle U.S.A.

Well, the parks are getting fewer, the trees are getting thin,
The cities all are reaching out to take the wildwood in,
And the world is getting poorer with every mile they clear
And they'd sell our Skagit acres for five dollars fifty cents a year.

CHORUS

Oh my sisters and my brothers in this shining northern land,
It's time to get together and take each other's hand
And ring around the wilderness to keep the gangs away
Who would ravage our sweet country for a shameful pocketful of pay.

CHORUS
Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
No grabber will have you for a prize,
Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley,
We'll let no vandal drown you,
We'll keep you as we found you,
British Columbia's forest paradise.

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1970


THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW

CHORUS
Do you think you've hit bottom?
Do you think you've hit bottom? Oh no.
There's a bottom below.

There's a low below
The low you know.
You can't imagine
How far you can go
Down.

CHORUS

Every once in a while
You'll rise and glow.
But that's only so
They can let you go
Down.

CHORUS

You sit at a party
And watch the fun,
It don't touch you none
Cause you're off and gone
Down.

CHORUS

There's a nightmare kind
Where you fall and fall
And you wake to find
You haven't been dreaming
At all.

CHORUS

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1970


WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN?

Just a little rain, falling all around,
The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound,
Just a little rain, just a little rain,
What have they done to the rain?

Just a little boy, standing in the rain,
The gentle rain that falls for years,
And the grass is gone, the boy disappears,
And rain keeps falling like helpless tears,
And what have they done to the rain?

Just a little breeze out of the sky,
The leave pat their hands as the breeze goes by,
Just a little breeze with some smoke in its eye,
What have they done to the rain?

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1962, Schroder Music Co.


THIS WORLD

Baby, I ain't afraid to die,
It's just that I hate to say goodbye
to this world, this world, this world.
This old world is mean and cruel,
But still I love it like a fool, this world,
this world, this world.

I'd rather go to the corner store
Than sing hosannah on that golden shore,
I'd rather live on Parker Street
Than fly around where the angels meet.
Oh, this old world is all I know,
It's dust to dust when I have to go
from this world, this world, this world.

Somebody else will take my place,
Some other hands, some other face,
Some other eyes will look around
And find the things I've never found
Don't weep for me when I am gone,
Just keep this old world rolling on,
this world, this world, this world.

Words and Music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright 1961, Schroder Music Co.


WORLD GONE BEAUTIFUL

The world's gone beautiful
Because it's about to die.
I never saw such flower faces
Or so intent a sky.
I never heard such lines
From horns or violins,
Or saw such lavish girls, such dandy boys,
And I know why.
It's that the world is asking not to die.

I never saw such hands
Flexing like silver leaves,
I never knew such air,
Or leaned to so good a breeze.
Even the tears I cry,
They aren't salt but clear,
For seabirds riding the wind, calling their last,
Their wild goodbye.
The world is asking not to die.

I want to hold this world
And never let it go,
I want the sun to always rise
On the kids next door.
Whether I go or stay,
That question still abides,
Posed by rainbows in the river spray.
What answer do you give
A world that asks so bitterly to live?

Words and music by Malvina Reynolds.
Copyright Schroder Music Company 1969


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 09:09 PM

Then there's the long-last Malvina album I Hate Men featuring these classics:

I Hate Men
All Men Are Pigs
My Daddy Was A Woman
Go Down To Hell, All You Men
Satan Lives in Men
Little Wooden Boxes Are Good For Dead Men
Hail Hail The Penis-Chopping Woman
I Don't Need No Man To Bring Me My Mail
If A Man Made It, I Don't Want It
Jesus Was A Woman
Woman Was Born To Hate Man
Lizzie Borden Had The Right Idea
All Men Should Be Locked Away
If You're Baby's A Man, Throw It Out While You Can
Man Is The Cause Of All The World's Trouble
War Is A Good Way To Kill All Men


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Subject: If You Love Me - Malvina?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Nov 01 - 10:27 PM

The Digital Tradition attributes If You Love Me to Rosalie Sorrels, but I'm 99.385 % sure it's Malvina who wrote it. Can anybody confirm this?
Do we have a tune, MMario?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Tedham Porterhouse
Date: 07 Nov 01 - 09:05 AM

Joe,

Yes, "If You Love Me," sung and recorded by Rosalie Sorrels was, indeed, written by Malvina Reynolds. Rosalie says so in the credits to her "Miscellaneous Abstract Record No. 1."


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 07 Nov 01 - 09:19 AM

Thank you, Joe!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 09:05 AM

Refresh! Still remember Melvina singing "You Think You've Hit Bottom" at the Ark in Ann Arbor back in the 1970's; I didn't catch that one on the lists above but I do have her songsheet. Any interest?


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 03:11 PM

You betcha, Charley! Please post it here in this thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 04:33 PM

You're a slavedriver, Joe. You don't know the file folders I have to go through. Sigh, well, soon it will be on the hard drive...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW (Malvina Reynolds)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 05:33 PM

Weren't in the #%@ file cabinet; it was buried in a pile by the photocopier. Hope you're happy! Note: repaste in Word for correlating the chords

THERE'S A BOTTOM BELOW
(Words and music by Malvina Reynolds, Schroder Music Co. 1970)

Chorus:

F---------------------------A
Do you think you've hit bot-tom?
F
Do you think you've hit bot-tom?
----E
Oh, no! There's a bot-tom be-low.

E--------D
There's a low be-low the low, you know;
------------------------------E------------------A
You can't i-mag-ine how far you can go – DOWN! (CHO)


Every once in a while you'll rise and glow,
But that's only so they can let you go – DOWN! (CHO)

You sit at a party and watch the fun,
It don't touch you none 'cause you're off and gone – DOWN!(CHO)

There's the nightmare kind where you fall and fall,
And you wake to find you haven't been dreaming at all – DOWN! (CHO)

(Repeat first verse and chorus)


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Tinker
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 06:51 PM

Charley !!!!THANK YOU !!!!

There's a Bottom Below is on the Ear to the Ground CD I got at Getaway and I've been singing it cheerily to my Wall St husband ever since. I've been encouraging him to work it into a corporate analysis..BG Now I can play it for him too.....Love YA

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 08 Nov 01 - 11:50 PM

thanks charley!


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Charley Noble without his cookie?
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 08:46 AM

Thinking back at the Ark evening when I heard Melvina singing this song, I can't help remembering my roommate Dana, one of those intense Vietnam War veterans sorting out his life as a theatre student, who was down in the dumps, had to drag him to this concert performed by "Who?" He ended up grinning from ear to ear.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: open mike
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 11:17 AM

I got to hear Malvina sing in Chico years ago. Wonderful to hear a white haired woman with such powerful statements! When Rosalie did her Malvina set live at Strawberry festival last spring that was the best in the whole weekend line-up! She and Utah Phillips have done a couple of sets at the Kate Wolf memorial fest. and they always do some Malvina songs. Malvina's daughter had a group in the bay area called Plum City Players. She is a story teller and children's performer. Can't remember her name--Nancy?


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:12 PM

Hey, the cookie came back!

Open Mike - you're thinking about Nancy Schimmel who among other things wrote that great alternative "Columbus" song.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:16 PM

Nancy Schimmel, still telling stories and singing around the area, mostly in the womyn's community.

I actually got to hear Malvina play "If You Love Me" on her piano on Parker Street shortly after she composed it. Good timing on my part. I shared a graphics studio a couple doors down, so I often walked by. That particular block of Parker Street was often called "the Anarchist's Block" because a house across from where my studio was had a large banner slung between the second floor windows that said "Anarchy". Mal's house was actually pretty well kempt and tame, tho I recall the interior as being all dark stained wood, and dark.

One of the joys of living in Berkeley in the '70's was that I often ran into Malvina at fundraisers and singing circles and protests. I always thought she wrote "Rim of the World" about one of my housemates, tho she said it was a pastiche when I asked her, and I'm just about positive "Rosie Jane" is about Rosalie.
She once came by to look at a guitar I had for sale, and stayed an hour or two, singing with us. She had just written the Cotton Mill Song at that point, and sang it for us.
I think the words but not the chords to "When You think You've Hit Bottom" are in the links Joe copied from the site, Charlie. I always liked that song, and loved the way she would drop an octave (maybe) on the word "down".

When I heard her sing the song about "One Little Mouse", I recall that she actually sang the F word, not "mucked" -- and I was shocked to hear it come out of the mouth of this little white haired lady.

Couple more of my favorites are "No Hole In My Head" and "You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out".
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Nov 01 - 01:31 PM

You're right, Barb. I missed the reference to "There's a Bottom Below" in my general excitment.;-)


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 08:48 PM

Charley - I'm the guy who asked you to post "Bottom" - forgetting that I had already posted the lyrics in this thread. Sorry....

I got a personal message asking for chords to "God Bless the Grass." Can anybody help with that? Be sure to put preformat tags <pre> before and </pre> after the part with the chords, so the spacing is right. I can type what's in Rise Up Singing, but I'm no guitarist.

-Joe Offer-

Here's what's in Rise Up Singing:
Am - AmE Am / E - AmE Am / C Am C Am / F Am CD E / Am E Am -


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: WyoWoman
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 09:08 PM

I've done "Rim of the World" for years -- in fact, it was the song that inspired me to learn how to yodel. But I have to say I had no idea she was so prolific.

Just when I swear off buying MORE CDs ...

If I wanted to get the most bang for my limited bucks, what should I buy that would give me a good selection of Malvina?

Yeay for this thread!!!

ww


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Nov 01 - 09:14 PM

Wyo, the only Malvina CD I know about is the new one from Smithsonian/Folkways, Ear To The Ground. It's a good one. You can probably afford to also by the tribute CD by Rosalie Sorrels, No Closing Chord: The Songs of Malvina Reynolds. CAMSCO will be glad to get them for you.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Add: MRS. CLARA SULLIVAN'S LETTER(Reynolds/Seeger)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Dec 02 - 02:42 PM

MRS. CLARA SULLIVAN'S LETTER
(Malvina Reynolds & Pete Seeger)

SPOKEN:
Malvina Reynolds puts together many of her songs out of things she reads in the newspapers -- and this was directly made up from a letter written to a newspaper by a woman named Mrs. Clara Sullivan, down in the Eastern part of Kentucky where they been having the troubles in the coal mining area.
So. Malvina called her song "Mrs. Clara Sullivan's Letter."


Dear Mr. Editor, if you choose,
Please send me a copy of the "Labor News;"
I've got a son in the Infantry,
And he'd be mighty glad to see
That somebody somewhere, now and then,
Thinks about the lives of the mining men
In Perry County.

In Perry County and here about,
The miners simply had to go out.
It was long hours, and substandard pay;
Then they took our contract away.
And now fourteen months is a mighty long time
To face the goons on the picket line
In Perry County.

I'm twenty-six years, a miner's wife,
There's nothing harder than a miner's life.
But there's no better man than a mining man,
You couldn't find better in all this land.
The deal they get is a rotten deal,
Mountain greens and gravy meal,
In Perry County.

We live in shacks that the rain comes in,
While the operators live high as sin,
Ride Cadillac cars, and drink like a fool,
While our kids lack clothes to go to school.
Sheriff Combs, he has it fine;
He runs the law and owns a mine
In Perry County.

I believe, the truth will out some day
That we're fighting for jobs at decent pay.
Why, after work, my man comes in,
With his wet clothes frozen to his skin.
Diggin' coals, so the world can run
And operators can have their fun
In Perry County.

Lyrics as performed by Pete Seeger, "The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert, June 8, 1963" (COLUMBIA CSK-45312), 1989; transcribed by Manfred Helfert.
http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/parton/2/mrsclara.html


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 19 Dec 02 - 06:23 PM

More lyrics:

Andorra
I'm Quiet
The Military Parade (as adapted by Rod Sinclair)


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: GUEST,Heather Lev
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 07:29 PM

Hi everybody,
I have the honor of performing a Malvina Reynolds mini-concert/workshop at the New England Folk Festival this April (visit neffa.org for details). I already have several Malvina albums & songbooks, but I have one album on tape that I copied from an LP years ago, and can't figure out *which* lp it was! The songs on the tape are:
The New Restaurant * What's going on down there * Little Boxes *Battle of Maxton Field * God Bless the Grass * I don't mind failing * What have they done to the rain * The Devil's Baptizin' * Singin' Jesus * The Bloody Neat * Quiet * Magic Penny * Bitter Rain

Any idea which album this is?
Also, I can't seem to find a list of the songs on the albums I don't have, namely:
Malvina Reynolds (1970) Century City CCR5100 / Cassandra CFS 5100
Malvina… Held Over (1975); Cassandra Records CFS-3688
Malvina Reynolds Sings The Truth (1968) on Columbia, CS 9414
Any suggestions or ideas?

By the way, here is the bibliography/discography I've put together thus far for Malvina... please email me with any updates or changes at heatherlev@hotmail.com. Thanks!
Heather Lev
http://heatherlev.com

MALVINA REYNOLDS RESOURCES
DISCOGRAPHY
Another Country Heard From (1960) on Folkways 02524
http://www.si.edu/folkways/
The Pied Piper * We Hate to See Them Go *Let it Be *Faucets are Dripping *Don't Talk to Me of Love * Money Blues * The Day the Freeway Froze * The Delinquent * Mommy's Girl * Somewhere Between * I Live in a City * The Little Land * Oh Doctor! * Sing Along * The Miracle

Malvina Reynolds Sings The Truth (1968) on Columbia, CS 9414

Malvina Reynolds (1970) Century City CCR5100 / Cassandra CFS 5100

Artichokes, Griddlecakes and Other Good Things (1970) Pacific Cascade LPC 7018 (Cassette) www.sisterschoice.com
Artichokes * The Pets * Johnny Built a House * Wheels * Everybody Says * One Shoe
Morningtown Ride * Griddlecakes * It Turned Out to Be a Song * I Went A-Gathering * Don't Bother Me * Little Boat* Eight Candles * In Bethlehem * You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out

Malvina (1972); Cassandra Records. CFS-2807 www.sisterschoice.com
Little Boxes * You'll Be a Man * The Albatross * No Room * Turn Around * The Little Red Hen * This World * There's a Bottom Below * Green Shadows * The Money Crop *Somewhere Between * The Day the Freeway Froze

Funny Bugs, Giggleworms, and Other Good Friends (1972) Pacific Cascade LPC 7025 (Cassette) www.sisterschoice.com    Magical Food * Funny Bug Basin * Rabbits Dance
You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out * Place to Be * Hello Ladybug * Says the Bee * Little Birds * What Time Is It? * The Pets * Black Horse

Malvina… Held Over (1975); Cassandra Records CFS-3688
We don't need the men

Magical Songs (1978) Cassandra Records. www.sisterschoice.com CR 040 (Cassette)
Sweet Stuff * Wheels * Lambeth Children * My Street * Kennebunkport * Quiet * Never Touch a Singing Bird *Don't Push Me * Let Us Come In * It's Up to You * Morningtown Ride * Magical Song * The Whale * I've Got a Song

Mama Lion (1980); (CR 050) Cassandra Records. www.sisterschoice.com
Skagit Valley Forever * Bury Me in My Overalls * The Judge Said * If You Were Little * The Devil's Baptizin' * The Little Mouse * Power Plant Reggae * Mario's Duck * Back Alley Surgery * Dialectic * The Last Time * Carolina Cotton Mill Song *

Malvina Reynolds, Ear to the Ground, Topical Songs 1960-1978
Smithsonian Folkways 40124
http://www.si.edu/folkways/40124.htm
1. It Isn't Nice 2. On the Rim of the World 3. What Have They Done to the Rain?
4. Look on the Sunny Side 5. The World's Gone Beautiful 6. Spoken Introduction to Little Boxes 7. Little Boxes 8. Little Red Hen 9. Dialectic 10. Bury Me in My Overalls
11. There's a Bottom Below 12. The Little Mouse 13. Rosie Jane 14. The Money Crop
15. Magic Penny 16. The Albatross 17. Skagit Valley Forever 18. Spoken Introduction to The Judge Said 19. The Judge Said 20. Mario's Duck 21. Caroline Cotton Mill Song
22. Boraxo 23. This World

Virgo Rising / The once and Future Woman / Thunderbird Records LP 7037
Various Artists / Save The Children / Women Strike for Peace Records W-001


WEBSITES:
http://www.sisterschoice.com/
http://www.harvardsquarelibrary.org/unitarians/reynolds.html
http://www.stolaf.edu/people/hend/songs/MalvinaReynolds.html
http://www.musicweb.uk.net/encyclopaedia/r/R70.HTM
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=40846
http://www.ocap.ca/lyrics.html
http://www.theiceberg.com/artist.html?artist_id=25285


BOOKS/SONG SOURCES/VIDEOS
The Malvina Reynolds Songbook, 4th Ed. www.sisterschoice.com
Schroder Music Co. & Sisters' Choice, 704 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710-1333

Little Boxes and Other Handmade Songs
by Malvina Reynolds      Oak Publishing Co. (out of print), 1964

The Muse of Parker Street: More Songs by Malvina Reynolds
by Malvina Reynolds, Oak Publishing Co. (out of print), 1967

There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young by Malvina Reynolds, 1976
Shroder Music Company published; order through www.sisterschoice.com

Cheerful Tunes For Lutes And Spoons

Tweedles And Foodles For Young Noodles order through www.sisterschoice.com

Love it Like a Fool, Video Biography, http://www.sisterschoice.com/sporadic-4.html



Other Recordings & Compilations on which Malvina's songs appear:
RECORDINGS
Tribute Album: Rosalie Sorrels, No Closing Chord, The Songs of Malvina Reynolds, RHR-CD-143 www.redhouserecords.com

Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, (19.99), Label: Legacy Recordings,
Distributor: Sony Music Distribution, (Little Boxes)

Dogfight, (1991), Label: Nouveau (What Have They Done To The Rain)

Bread & Roses: Festival Of Acoustic Music, Vol. 1, (1990) Label: Fantasy Records,
Distributor: Fantasy (Little Boxes)

Folk Classics: Roots Of American Folk Music, (1989), Label: Columbia, (Little Boxes)

Washington Square Memoirs... 1950-70, (2001), Label: Rhino Records
Distributor: WEA (Little Boxes)

The Best of Broadside: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
(What Have They Done To The Rain?; Little Boxes; The Faucets Are Dripping)
http://www.folkways.si.edu/broadside/htdocs/reynolds.htm

Other Folkways Recordings featuring Malvina's songs):
What Now People, Vol. 3 - Paredon 02003

American History in Ballad and Song Vol.2 - Folkways 05802 (The Delinquent; Too Many Bookmakers)

We Won't Move: Songs of the Tenants' Movement, Malvina Reynolds, Folkways Recordings – 05287

Reynolds wrote for children's TV shows incl. Sesame Street

Others recording Malvina's Songs:
Pete Seeger recorded five of her songs on God Bless The Grass '66, including the title song, 'The Faucets Are Dripping', 'Cement Octopus', 'From Way Up Here'.

'What Have They Done To The Rain', recorded by Joan Baez and by the Seekers, who also covered 'Morningtown Ride'.

'It Isn't Nice' about demonstrations was rewritten by Barbara Dane and recorded by Judy Collins.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 08:55 PM

You've done a lot of great work, Heather! I checked my four Malvina songbooks, and none had much of a discography. You might check Folk Music: Index of Recorded Resources for a partial discography, listed by song title.


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Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Feb 04 - 09:12 PM

Here is the discography shown in the back of the Malvina Reynolds Songbook, and also in There's Music in the Air. No discography in either of the two Oak songbooks.

  • MALVINA — HELD OVER (Cassandra CFS 3688) $5.50 "Rosie Jane," "If You Love Me," "What Have They Done to the Rain," "We Don't Need the Men," "World In Their Pocket," "Magic Penny," "The Whale" and more.

  • MALVINA (Cassandra CFS 2807) $4.50 "There's a Bottom Below," "Little Boxes," "You'll Be a Man," "Turn Around" and others.

  • MALVINA REYNOLDS (Century City CCR 5100) $4.50 "We Hate to See Them Go," "World Gone Beautiful," "It Isn't Nice," "Morningtown Ride" and others.

  • ARTICHOKES, GRIDDLE CAKES AND OTHER GOOD THINGS
    (Pacific Cascade LPL 7018) $5.50 Malvina sings her kids' songs. Includes "Johnny Built a House," "You Can't Make a Turtle Come Out," "Morningtown Ride

  • FUNNY BUGS, GIGGLEWORMS, AND OTHER GOOD FRIENDS
    (Pacific Cascade LPS 7025) $5.50 Another LP of songs for kids; "Little Birds," "Funny Bug Basin," "PlaceTo Be,"
    "The Pets" and more.

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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Stewart
    Date: 07 Feb 04 - 10:05 PM

    Hi Heather. I'm also a Malvina fan. For a couple of years, a few years ago, I did Malvina song workshops at Seattle Song Circle's Rainy Camp. The album you're looking for is "Malvina Reynolds...Sings the Truth" Columbia CS9414 or CL2614. It starts with "The New Restaurant" and ends with "I Don't Mind Failing" on Side 1. Side 2 begins with "What Have They Done To The Rain" and ends with "Bitter Rain."

    My only regret is that when I lived in Berkeley from 1962-65, I didn't meet her. I'm pretty sure I was into her music at that time. But a few years ago I did meet and talk to her daughter Nancy Shimmel. Here's my web page on Malvina HERE.

    Cheers, S. in Seattle


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Lyn
    Date: 22 Aug 04 - 12:33 AM

    Did Malvina record "Morningtown Ride" before The Limeliters did it in 1962? The earliest recording by her that I can find is 1970, on "Artichokes, Griddlecakes and Other Good Things", but I've seen reference to an "original recording" by her on Vanguard. The song seems to be copyrighted in 1957.
    Thanks.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Margret RoadKnight
    Date: 22 Aug 04 - 08:55 AM

    I have all Malvina Reynold's 'official' recordings, and yes,
    her version of "Morningtown Ride" first appears on "Artichokes".


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Peter T.
    Date: 22 Aug 04 - 11:42 AM

    Malvina is the greatest! It is a pity that so much of her stuff seems unobtainable -- she needs one of those 5 CD box set things.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a reasonably accessible version of "Andorra" anywhere recorded?

    yours,

    Peter T.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Margret RoadKnight
    Date: 22 Aug 04 - 09:36 PM

    Nancy Schimmel (Malvina's daughter) might have this ("Andorra") info ....
    contact her via sisterschoice.com website.
    Malvina doesn't seem to have recorded it, but didn't Pete Seeger?


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Lyn
    Date: 23 Aug 04 - 05:23 AM

    Margret, thanks for your reply about "Morningtown Ride". I've referred to it at my page about the Seekers' version. Hope that's okay.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST
    Date: 23 Aug 04 - 05:27 AM

    Um, that didn't work... It's my page about the Seekers' version at http://poparchives.com.au/feature.php?id=453


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Susanne (skw)
    Date: 24 Aug 04 - 04:59 PM

    Peter T., where do you live? I have a taped live performance of Andorra by Hamish Imlach somewhere. It isn't technically very good, but very spirited and you're welcome to it. Send me a PM if you're interested.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: PoppaGator
    Date: 24 Aug 04 - 05:24 PM

    Those who love Malvina Reynolds may be interested in these three women who love her enough to name their trio after her:

    The Malvinas' website


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Erik
    Date: 02 Sep 04 - 05:23 AM

    I spotted an earlier request for a list of the songs performed on the album "MALVINA REYNOLDS" (CFS 5100) - copyright 1977 Cassandra Records. The list off the back of my LP jacket follows:

    SIDE 1
    The World's Gone Beautiful
    Daddy's In The Jail
    It Isn't Nice
    Boraxo
    We Hate To See Them Go
    There'll Come A Time

    SIDE 2
    From Way Up Here
    The Desert
    D.D.T.
    Let It Be
    Morningtowm Ride
    No Hole In My Head

    The back of the album also states "All compositions by Malvina Reynolds." Hope the information helps!


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Mark Ross
    Date: 02 Sep 04 - 02:07 PM

    I got to know Malvina in the '70's when I lived in Berserkely. When my wife and I were feuding I'd spend a night or two at the Anarchist commune across the street from her house. We had met when she appeared on campus at a rally. I went up and introduced myself and said that we had mutual friends and acquaintances. She invited me back to Parker Street for tea. We had some interesting discussions about songwriting. A couple of years later I was back in NYC working at the Folklore Center. Malvina appeared as part of the store's concert series. When she arrived she requested that I sit in with her, I readily agreed to play stump the band (with me being the stumpee). I confess I don't think I did very well, but nonetheless, a couple of days later a check arrived for me at the store from Malvina. I think it was for more than she had made that evening. What a great lady!

    Mark Ross


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    Subject: ADD: Little Land
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 29 Sep 04 - 10:43 PM

    Deckman mentioned this song in another thread, so I thought it would be good to post it.
    -Joe Offer-

    Little Land
    (Malvina Reynolds, 1958)

    When you're in the Little Land
    They fill your hands with gold,
    You think you stay for just a day,
    You come out bent and old.

    CHORUS
    Dead leaves in your pockets,
    Oh, my enchanted, have a care.
    Run, run from the Little Folk,
    Or you'll have dead leaves in your pockets,
    And snowflakes in your hair.


    When you're in the Little Land
    You watch the wee folk play,
    You see them through a game or two,
    You come out old and gray.
    CHORUS

    Lights shine in the Little Land
    From diamonds on the wall,
    But when you're back on the brown hill side
    It's cold pebbles after all.
    CHORUS

    Music in the Little Land,
    It makes the heart rejoice,
    It charms your ear so you cannot hear
    The sound of your true love's voice.
    CHORUS

    source: Little Boxes and other Handmade Songs, Malvina Reynolds (Oak Publications, 1964)

    tune available if you ask me to transcribe it


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    Subject: "playing war"??
    From: GUEST,rob goldberg
    Date: 19 Jan 06 - 12:51 AM

    Hi Malvina fans! I'm trying to find an LP copy (or CD is there is one) of Malvina singing "Playing War," a song she wrote in 1964 about war toys... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    Rob Goldberg rrgoldberg@gmail.com 917 710 7852


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: open mike
    Date: 19 Jan 06 - 01:00 AM

    the cd that rosalie sorrells did of malvina songs
    is called no closing chord. I recommend it for
    malvina fans.

    Laurel


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 19 Jan 06 - 09:54 PM

    Hi, Rob -
    I looked all around, but had no luck. It's not in any of the Malvina songbooks or recordings I know of. It's not on Malvina's Ear to the Ground complilation CD, or on the Sorrels No Closing chord CD.
    -Joe Offer-

    Here's the track list for No Closing Chord, by Rosalie Sorrels:
    Rosalie Sorrels / No Closing Chord: The Songs Of Malvina Reynolds
    Label: Red House
    Year: 2000

    Track Title
    1.Magic Penny / Visitation 
    2.A Little Muscle 
    3.What Have They Done To The Rain? 
    4.The Money Crop 
    5.The Judge Said 
    6.No Hole In My Head 
    7.From Way Up Here 
    8.Lost Children Street 
    9.Rosie Jane 
    10.I Cannot Sleep For Thinking Of The Children 
    11.On The Rim Of The World 
    12.This World 
    13.No Closing Chord


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    Subject: ADD: I Wish You Were Here
    From: GUEST,Joe_F
    Date: 19 Jan 06 - 10:21 PM

    From memory:

    I WISH YOU WERE HERE
    (Malvina Reynolds)

    I wish you were here to be underfoot,
    I wish you were here to get in my way,
    To call me from work, to call me to play.
    I wish you were here again.

    Oh, what did I do that had to be done,
    And what did I read that had to be read,
    When I could have turned to watch you instead?
    I wish you were here again.

    The monuments rise, the monuments fall,
    The papers are signed and turn into chaff,
    But I can recall the sound of your laugh.
    I wish you were here again.

    I wish you were here to be underfoot,
    I wish you were here to get in my way,
    To call me from work, to call me to play.
    I wish you were here again.


    --- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

    ||: Parent & child is host & guest plus warden & prisoner. :||


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Stewart
    Date: 19 Jan 06 - 10:22 PM

    PLAYING WAR
    Malvina Reynolds (1900-1978), in 1964

    There's a nameless war in Vietnam,
    There's wars in many lands,
    And my little boy in our back yard,
    Has a toy gun in his hands,
    And the big toymakers in Buffalo
    Are getting my boy set to go,
    But I say No and the kids say No,
    We're playing war no more.

    Today it's a plastic tank or plane,
    Tomorrow it's for real;
    Today it shoots a wooden shot,
    Tomorrow the bullet's steel.
    And the buyers in the department store
    Are getting my boy ready for war,
    But I say No and the kids says No,
    We're playing war no more.

    Well, a little red wagon on the hill
    Can pull his pal along,
    But we want no little revolver gun
    To shoot his buddy down.
    The factories run in old New York
    to get him ready for the dirty work,
    But I say No and the kids say No,
    We're playing war no more.

    There's many a boy like my own boy
    Who's lying in the mud,
    And his good young life was cut away
    While it was in the bud.
    So the stores that offer death for play
    Will have to get rich some other way
    'Cause I say No and the kids say No.
    We're playing war no more.

    Well, the Army brass and the CIA
    Are hardly grown-up boys,
    And they're playing now with atom bombs
    As though they were plastic toys.
    But the life of the world is on the throw,
    And while there is time, we're shouting "No!"
    We say No and the kids say No,
    We're playing war no more.

    Don't know the melody or if/where it is recorded, but these are the words.

    Cheers, S. in Seattle


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    Subject: Playing War
    From: GUEST,Rob
    Date: 21 Feb 06 - 02:38 AM

    Thanks Stewart and Joe, I appreciate your searching for me. I actually have the words, and also the chords and notes (which I found randomly during some archive-digging for a graduate school project...I guess they are unpublished?).

    It seems only a bootleg might offer a recording.

    Anybody have a collection of Malvina bootlegs?

    Thanks again,
    Rob


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Guest - Corey
    Date: 06 Mar 06 - 10:24 PM

    Help!! I've been trying to find the guitar chords for "I don't mind failing in this world" but I keep coming up short. Does anybody have them or a URL that works that I can get them from! It would be much appreciates

    Cfrank@stny.rr.com

    Thanks again.
    CLICK HERE
    -Joe Offer (e-mail sent)-


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    Subject: Schroder Publishing Co.
    From: GUEST,tennesseeplayers@webtv.net
    Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:09 AM

    I would like address and telephone number for publisher, regardin "What Have They Done to the Rain."

          Thurston Moore
              TennesseePlayers.org


    Thank you,


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: MMario
    Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:31 AM

    "WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO THE RAIN"
    Written by Malvina Reynolds
    Published by Schroder Music Co.

    The only address I have found for Schroder is "Berkely Ca."


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: MMario
    Date: 25 Apr 06 - 11:42 AM

    see Yellowbook

    (e-mail sent)


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Danks
    Date: 25 Apr 06 - 02:44 PM

    It might have been mentioned already, but I love Hedy West singing Malvina's " New Restaurant". A cleverly written song.


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Joe_F
    Date: 25 Apr 06 - 10:20 PM

    I like "The New Restaurant" too. Also the children's song (I heard her sing it at a concert many years ago, and haven't heard or seen it since) that contains the stanza "I have a barnacle, His name is McGonigle, Oh slishsloshery wishwashery under my boat. He lives on the boring Of old teakwood flooring, And when he is snoring, He can't sing a note".

    --- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

    ||: We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others. :||


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Kevin Sheils
    Date: 26 Apr 06 - 06:01 AM

    The only reference I can find on the web is to a Finnish record company Love records LP released in 1970 by Martha Graber with the following track listing

    LRLP 23 Martha Gaber

    1970 Martha Gaber

    The Crow on the Cradle | I Come And Stand | Dana dana dana | Joe Hill | Drill ye terriers drill | Now That the Buffalo's Gone | I've Got to Know | Turn turn turn | Zum gali gali | The Three Ravens | Guantanamera | Every Cop Is Your Brother | Who Killed Columbia? | The Cruel War | Playing War | Le deserteur

    I'm only guessing that the Playing War is probably the Malvina song I think the record company is no longer in existence but my Finnish is non existence however here is a web site that refers to the LP (follow the .pdf or .doc link at http://jata.users.daug.fi/musiikkisivut/love/

    BTW that listing is a "cut and paste" so terriers is probably tarriers!


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 27 Jul 06 - 10:14 PM

    It appears to me that a lot of work has been done at

    Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems


    This Website has a huge collection of lyrics. I don't know if it's complete, but it sure looks complete.

    [site maintained by Charles H. Smith and Nancy Schimmel (Malvina's daughter)]


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    Subject: "Playing war"
    From: GUEST,Rob
    Date: 29 Aug 06 - 03:14 PM

    thanks Kevin for the Gaber album - I'm off to find it somewhere!

    peace,
    Rob


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,Colleen
    Date: 28 Nov 06 - 08:09 PM

    I'm wondering about getting the rights to record songs of hers. Do I just got through Schroder Music? Is it even still a company?


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 29 Nov 06 - 03:14 AM

    I was pleased to see that Malvina's songs were not listed for licensing by the Harry Fox Agency - that would seem to be a sellout to Corporate America. Nonetheless, it would be good for the right person to get payment for recording rights.
    I'll contact Malvina's daughter Nancy Schimmel and ask.
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 29 Nov 06 - 03:55 PM

    Malvina Reynolds Recording Rights:


    I got a response from Nancy right away. Here's what she says (posted with permission):

      Hi Joe

      Most requests can come to me at this email address and be dealt with here, but we don't own the rights to Turn Around, Magic Penny, and a very few others. I can get the contact info for those and post them, tho sometimes they change as companies merge. Perhaps a simple answer is best--me--and I can redirect.

      Also I'm starting a blog called Writing Malvina about the process of writing my mother's biography, at

      http://web.mac.com/nancyschimmel.

      I google Malvina now and then and have gotten Mudcat and posted a reply or two, I think. It's a good service. Thanks for it. Can't remember if I posted the new Malvina lyrics site at Western Kentucky University; it's

      http://www.wku.edu/%7Esmithch/MALVINA/homep.htm

      If you could take a look and post this info, that would be great.

      Nancy

    Nancy can be contacted through her Website, sisterschoice.com


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    Subject: track listing for M Reynolds Sings the Truth
    From: GUEST
    Date: 05 Oct 07 - 01:18 AM

    Does anyone have the track listing for this recording?

    thanks!


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 05 Oct 07 - 02:49 AM

    Hi - I thought we had it up above (click), but it's one of the albums Heather couldn't find.
    Ah, but it is here (click).
    -Joe-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,melisa
    Date: 05 Jun 08 - 10:30 PM

    does anyone know how to purchase a cassette of cd or something of malvina reynolds old album funny buggs, giggleworms & other good friends?


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 06 Jun 08 - 12:14 AM

    Hi, Melisa - click here for the recordings available from Malvina's daughter, Nancy Schimmel. I don't see that particular recording on the list.

    Smithsonian/Folkways has two Malvina albums: The most recent Malvina reissues are from an Australian company, Omni: Both of the Omni CD's have extra cuts not available on the original recording.
    -Joe-


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: Charley Noble
    Date: 06 Jun 08 - 08:53 PM

    Joe-

    Thanks for the update.

    Charley Noble


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST,distresses
    Date: 04 Nov 08 - 08:05 PM

    I am having the hardest time trying to fing chords to her songs...in particular 'i don't mind failing' or 'it isn't nice'

    ...usually you can just type in the song name and get 50 results.
    any help would be great


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    Subject: RE: Help: Everything Malvina!
    From: GUEST
    Date: 31 Aug 09 - 09:22 AM

    Anyone know where I can get tapes, records or cds of Funnybugs and Artichokes? My grandchildren NEED to hear and learn all of the songs from these. My daughter was raised on them but the old tapes have died. THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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