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The Freedom Train   Leave a comment

This song is a train song
It’s a song about a train
Not the Atchison and Topeka
Not the Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Nor the one that leaves at midnight
For the state of Alabam’
This song is a train song
Where the engineer is Uncle Sam

Here comes the Freedom Train!
You better hurry down
Just like a Paul Revere
It’s comin’ into your hometown

Inside the Freedom Train
You will find a precious freight
Those words of liberty
The documents that made us great

You can shout your anger from a steeple
You can shoot the system full of holes
You can always question “We the People”
You can get your answer at the polls

That’s how it’s always been
And how it will remain
As long as all of us
Keep riding on the Freedom Train

Riding’ all across this country
Playing music for the people
With the fellows in the band
We’re singin’ of the liberty
And freedom through the land

You can write the President a letter
You can even tell him to his face
If you think that you can do it better
Get the votes and you can take his place

If you hate the laws that you’re obeying
You can shout your anger to the crowd
We may disagree with what you’re saying
But we’ll fight to let you say it loud

That’s how it’s always been
And how it must remain
As long as all of us
Keep riding on the Freedom Train

Keep ridin’ that Freedom Train!

— Maria Muldaur

The Freedom Song — Maria Muldaur

Posted October 17, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Lyrics, Painting, Poetry

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Rhythm & Roots — Maria Muldaur   Leave a comment

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I didn’t say much about it, other than, “We should go and see her.” Even then, we almost forgot about her being in Tucson last night. Who’s this “her”? Maria Muldaur, that’s who?

Muldaur was in town as part of the “Rhythm & Roots” series, which usually is outside in the Plaza Palomino Courtyard, but moved inside to a packed house due to the colder than normal evening weather. Most of her song selection was from her new CD, “Steady Love.” The music from this latest CD just adds to the difficulty for me in deciding on my favorite Maria Muldaur CD, of which she has produced 39 since the ‘60s – she is one hard-working woman!

Singer Maria Muldaur in 1969, wearing a gypsy-...

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Having loved her music since first hearing her sensual sexy voice singing, “I Am Woman,” it was Peggy Lee’s version which I first fail in love.  But, it was Marie’s version that really turned me on. When you listen to Maria, you can see why “I am Woman” has become her theme song – she is one hell of a woman. Today, I think of Marie as one of the best blues singer around. You can’t talk about blues or roots music, without her name being part of the discussion.

On her new CD, Muldaur has selected blues (Bobby Charles classic “Why Are People Like That,” Sugar Pie DeSanto’s “Soulful Dress) and gospel (Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down,” Stephen Bruton’s, “Walk By Faith”) songs that reflect the difficulties of dealing with everyday life.

When the kids are cryin’ and the bills are due
And you wonder what you have gotten into
And you think the whole deal is not to be
Give her steady love, you’ll find out how hot a woman can be

Steady Love Greg Brown

Maria and her Red Hot Bluesiana Band did a masterful performance, especially considering the sound man never was able to get his act together. After sending several body language signals, she politely said, “Don’t make me beg!” 

If I had made a request at last night’s performance, it would have been for her to do  Mississippi John Hurt‘s, “Richland Woman Blues,” which is the title track from her 2001 CD. I love the “down-home” picking originally done by Hurt and John Sebastian with Muldaur – in this case not “any dude will do!”


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