Little Ball of Yarn
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Audio CD, March 19, 2013
I’ve Rambled This Country (4:05)
Mama Out De Light (3:14)
In a Village Churchyard (4:37)
Hot Corn, Cold Corn (2:47)
Snow Across the Road (3:51)
Left My Gal in the Mountains (3:08)
Little Ball of Yarn (3:05)
Roll on Babe (4:04)
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (4:39)
Total running time, 33:31
“Little Ball of Yarn” is a set of mostly traditional tunes, with a bluegrass orientation.
“I’ve Rambled This County” is a song I’ve adapted from the folk tradition. I can’t remember where I first heard it, or whether my version of it bears even a remote resemblance to any other version. A sad tale of a rambler thrown over by his woman, left with his purse full of money and a bottle of brandy, spending a long stretch in a shady grove.
“Mama Out De Light” is a Bahaman calypso tune. What does this little boy need to get back to sleep?
“In a Village Churchyard” is a traditional bluegrass tune, a mournful ditty set in a cemetery.
“Hot Corn, Cold Corn” is a bluegrass paean to good old corn whiskey.
“Snow Across the Road” is an original song about the passage of time.
“Left My Gal in the Mountains” is another song I’ve adapted. Written by Carson Robison in the early 20th century.
“Little Ball of Yarn” is a Celtic seduction tale, with a sense of humor.
“Roll On Babe” is an early American folk tune, existing in many forms. Also sometimes sung as “Roll on Buddy.”
“Hand Me Down My Walking Cane” probably originated in the late 1800s, and was recorded in the early 1930s. Seems to be a mix of a gospel tune and a drinking song. Probably different versions have blended together over time.
Dean Rathje: voices, guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass.
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