JOAN BAEZ :      BIOGRAPHY

 

 

baezphoto2.jpg (3797 bytes)      Joan Baez with guitar 1963 March on Washington - civil rights - We Shall Overcome

                                                                   

          The First 10 Years              "Joan Baez" Photograph

 

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DIAMONDS AND RUST
(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

 

 Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the Midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

 

 

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid

 

 

WINDS OF THE OLD DAYS
(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

 

The lady's adrift in a foreign land
Singing on issues both humble and grand
A decade flew past her and there on the page
She read that the prince had returned to the stage
Hovering near treacherous waters
A friend saw her drifting and caught her
Unguarded fantasies flying too far
Memories tumbling like sweets from a jar

And take me down to the harbor now
Grapes of the summer are low on the bough
Ghosts of my history will follow me there
And the winds of the old days will blow through my hair

Breath on an undying ember
It doesn't take much to remember
Those eloquent songs from the good old days
That set us to marching with banners ablaze
But reporters, there's no sense in prying
Our blue-eyed son's been denying
The truths that are wrapped in a mystery
The sixties are over so set him free

And take me down to the harbor now
Grapes of the summer are low on the bough
Ghosts of my history will follow me there
And the winds of the old days will blow through my hair

Why do I sit the autumnal judge
Years of self-righteousness will not budge
Singer or savior, it was his to choose
Which of us knows what was his to lose
Because idols are best when they're made of stone
A savior's a nuisance to live with at home
Stars often fall, heroes go unsung
And martyrs most certainly die too young

So thank you for writing the best songs
Thank you for righting a few wrongs
You're a savage gift on a wayward bus
But you stepped down and you sang to us

And get you down to the harbor now
Most of the sour grapes are gone from the bough
Ghosts of Johanna will visit you there
And the winds of the old days will blow through your hair

 

 

 

 

THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN
 

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Virgil Caine is my name, and I drove on the Danville train,
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Til Stonewall's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
C                 F           C            F
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive.
Am                     F
I took the train up to Richmond that fell,
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It was a time I remember oh so well.

(chorus)
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The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the bells were ringing.
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The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the people were singing.
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They went, "Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na."
 

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Back with my wife in Tennessee, one day she said to me.
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"Virgil, quick come see, here comes the Robert E. Lee."
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Well I don't mind chopping wood,
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And I don't care if the money's no good.
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You take what you need and leave the rest,
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But they should never have taken the very best.

(chorus)

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Like my father before me, I will work the land.
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And like my brother before me, I took a rebel stand.
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He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave.
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I swear by the blood below my feet,
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You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat.

(chorus)

 

Lyrics: JESSE

Jesse come home, there's a hole in the bed
Where we slept; now it's growing cold.
Jesse your face, in the place where we lay
By the hearth, all apart, it hangs on my heart

And I'm leaving the light on the stairs
No I'm not scared; I wait for you
Hey Jesse, it's lonely, come home.

Jesse the stairs in the halls, recalling
Your step; and I remember too.
All the pictures are shaded and fading in grey
And I still set a place on the table at noon

And I'm leaving the light on the stairs
No I'm not scared; I wait for you
Hey Jesse, it's lonely, come home.

Jesse the spread on the bed,
It's like when you left, I kept it for you.
All the blues and the greens have been recently cleaned
And are seemingly new; hey Jess, me and you.

We'll swallow the light on the stairs
I'll fix up my hair, we'll sleep unawares
Hey Jesse, it's lonely, come home
 

 

SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE-
 
They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark                               
She looked at him and he felt a spark
Tingle to his bones
'Twas then he felt alone
And wished that he'd gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate
 
They walked along the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel
With the neon burning bright
He felt the heat of the night
Hit him like a freight
Train moving with a simple twist of fate
 
A saxaphone someplace far off played
As she was walking down by the arcade
As the light burst through a beat up shade
Where he was waking up
She dropped a coin into the cup
Of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate
 
He woke up, the room was bare
He didn't see her anywhere
He told himself he didn't care
Pushed the window open wide
Felt an emptiness inside
To which he just could not relate
Brought on by his simple twist of fate
 
He hears the ticking of the clocks
And walks along with a parrot that talks
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks
Were the saliors all come in
Maybe she'll pick him out again
How long must he wait?
One more time for his simple twist of fate
 
People tell me its a sin
To know and feel too much within
I still believe she was my twin
But I lost the ring
She was born in spring
But I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate
 
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Lyrics: I never dreamed


 

I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
I thought you would go then come back home
I thought the cold would leave by summer
But my quiet nights will be spent alone

You said there would be warm love in springtime
That was when you started to be cold
I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
But now I find myself all alone

You said then you'd be the life in autumn
Said you'd be the one to see the way
I never dreamed you'd leave in summer
But now I find my love has gone away

Why didn't you stay?

 

ONE TIN SOLDIER

 

It Ain't Me Babe

Go away from my window, leave at your own chosen speed.
I'm not the one you want, babe, I'm not the one you need.
You say you're looking for someone, never weak but always strong,
to protect you and defend you, whether you are right or wrong.
Someone to open each and every door.
But it ain't me, babe, no, no, no, it ain't me, babe,
it ain't me you're looking for, babe.
Go lightly from the ledge, babe, go lightly on the ground.
I'm not the one you want, babe, I will only let you down.
You say you're looking for someone, who will promise never to part.
Someone to close his eyes for you, someone to close his heart.
Someone who will die for you and more. + CHORUS
Go, melt back in the night, babe, everything inside is made of stone.
There's nothing in here moving, and anyway I'm not alone.
You say you're looking for someone,
who'll pick you up each time you fall.
To gather flowers constantly, and to come each time you call.
A love of your life and nothing more. + CHORUS


 

House Of The Rising Sun song lyrics

J
 


    There is a house in New Orleans,
    they call the rising sun.
    It's been the ruin for many a poor girl, and me, oh Lord, I'm one.
    My mother was a tailor, she sewed our new blue jeans,
    my father was a gambling man, down in New Orleans.
    If I had listened to what my mother said,
    I'd have been at home today,
    but I was young and foolish, oh, God, let a rambler lead me astray.
    Oh Mothers, tell your children not to do what I have done,
    to spend their lives in sin and misery
    in the house of the rising sun.
    I'm going back to New Orleans, my race is almost run,
    I'm going back to spend my life beneath the rising sun.

    (The Animals)

IMAGINE

Amazing Grace

 

 

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