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Maid at the Spinning Wheel : blmusic11

Maid at the Spinning Wheel

Maid at the Spinning Wheel
From Maggie Sansone, an excerpt of the song Maid At The Spinning Wheel / The Ballykeal Jig featured on her folk album Mist & Stone.

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Mist and Stone – Maggie Sansone

Maid at the Spinning Wheel

The Maid at the Spinning Wheel
Fergall Skahill: Maid at the Spinning Wheel, The Gold Ring

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Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues: blmusic10

Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues


Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Performed by the artist Pete Seeger, the song Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues is featured on the album Folk Music Of The World.
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Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues – Lead Belly’s Last Sessions

Lyrics: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Ol’ man seargent sittin’ at the desk
The damn ol’ fool won’t give us no rest
He’d take the nickels off a dead man’s eyes
To buy a Coca-Cola an’ a eskimo pie

I got the blues, I got the blues
I got the Winnsboro cotton mill blues
Oh Lordy Lordy spoolin’s hard
You know and I know, we don’t have to tell
You work for Tom Watson gotta work like hell
I got the blues, I got the blues
I got the Winnsboro cotton mill blues

When I die don’t you bury me at all
Hang me up on the schoolroom wall
Place a bobbin in my hand
So I can keep on a-workin’ in the Promised Land

I got the blues, I got the blues
I got the Winnsboro cotton mill blues
Oh Lordy Lordy spoolin’s hard
You know and I know, we don’t have to tell
You work for Tom Watson gotta work like hell
I got the blues, I got the blues
I got the Winnsboro cotton mill blues

Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues: Leadbelly
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Charkha (Spinning Wheel): blmusic9

The Latin album Traveling Artists Of The Desert: India: Traveling Art features the song Charka (Spinning Wheel) performed by India.


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Charka (Spinning Wheel) – India: Traveling Artists of the Desert

Take to spinning to find peace of mind. The music of the wheel will be as balm to our soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. The charkha (spinning wheel) is the symbol for nonviolence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Harijan, April 27, 1947, p. 122

Charkha Spinning

Handspinning Books: Spindle Spinning

Respect the Spindle
How to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool.
UK: Respect the Spindle

..more Handspinning books..

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Cotton fields: blmusic8

Cotton Fields

When I was a little bitty baby
My mama done rock me in the cradle
In them old cotton fields back home
It was back in louisiana
Just about a mile from texarkana
In them old cotton fields back home

Let me tell you now well got me in a fix
I caught a nail in my tire doing lickitey splits
I had to walk a long long way to town
Came upon a nice old man well he had a hat on
Wait a minute mister can you give me some directions
I gonna want to be right off for home

Don’t care if them cotton balls get rotten
When I got you baby, who needs cotton
In them old cotton fields back home
Brother only one thing more that’s gonna warm you
A summer’s day out in california
It’s gonna be those cotton fields back home

It was back in louisiana
Just about a mile from texarkana
Give me them cotton fields
(it was back in louisiana)
Let me hear it for the cotton fields
(just about a mile from texarkana)
You know that there’s just no place like home

Well boy it sure feels good to breathe the air back home
You shoulda seen their faces when they seen how I grown
In them old cotton fields back home

Cotton Fields

Creedance Clearwater Revival


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Chronicle, Vol. 2: Twenty Great CCR Classics (Remastered) – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cotton Fields
Harry Belafonte

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Oran Sniomh: blmusic7

Oran Sniomh (Spinning Song)
Mary Jane Lamond

Spinning songs (used to accompany the spinning of wool) are no longer commonly sung. As the industrial age encroached on Cape Breton, this tradition along with many others retreated. This song is based on the singing of the late Lachlann Dhòmhnaill Nìll (Lauchie Dan N. MacLellan) of Broad Cove, Inverness County.


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Orain Ghaidhlig (Gaelic Songs of Cape Breton) – Mary Jane Lamond

Oran Snìomh (Spinning Song)

‘S iomadh caileag bhòidheach laghach
A bhios ‘na suidh’ aig cuibhlidh,
A’ snìomh nan rolag ‘s seinn nan luinneag
Bidh gach currac binn ann,
A’ snàithlean bòidheach ruith ro’ meòirean
Cothrom, còmhnard, sìnte,
A falt ‘na dhual bhos cionn a cluais
‘Ga chumail suas le cìr ann.

A Nic Theàrlaich, air do shlàinte
Bidh sinn càirdeil daonnan,
Bidh thusa ‘fàs, bidh mise ‘cnàmh,
‘S mo cheann cho bàn ri faoileig
Bu mhór leam an toileach a thug siod dhomhs’,
A laighe blàth ri d’thaobhsa,
Nuair thig an geamhradh, bídh tu sàs
Aig nigheann bhàn Nic Mhaoilein.

Nuair thig an geamhradh, ‘s àm nam bainnsean
Gheobh sinn dram’ dhe ‘n Tòiseach
‘S bidh Nollaig chridheil aig cloinn nighean
‘S aig na gillean òga
Bidh mnathan òg a’ ruith ‘s a’ leum,
‘S cuid dhiubh ‘g éigheachd òran
Bidh srannd aig bodaich ann am fodar
‘S sogan orr’ a’ còmhradh.

Mary Jane Lamond

English translation:
1. Many a lovely, pleasant young woman will sit at the spinning wheel, plying the rolls and crooning melodies. All the peaked (?) mutches will be present. Lovely yarn coursing through her fingers, finished, smooth and stretched; her hair arranged in a plait held by a comb above her ear.

2. A drink to your health, oh daughter of Charles. We shall always be cordial. You will increase and I shall wither, my head white as a gull’s. It gave me great pleasure to lay warm by your side. When winter comes you will be working for MacMillan’s fair haired daughter.

3. When winter comes and the season for weddings, we’ll get a dram of spirits. The girls and young boys will enjoy a merry Christmas. Young women will bustle about, some of them calling out songs. Old men sitting in the straw will drone contentedly in conversation.

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Old Spinning Wheel: blmusic5

The Old Spinning Wheel

Covered with dust and forgotten
Like the face upon the wall
There’s one souvenir of the days gone by
I treasure most of all.

Turn back the years of my childhood
As you turn, old spinning wheel
Just show me a lane with a barefoot by
As shadows softly steal.

CHORUS
cho: There’s an old spinning wheel in the parlor
spinning dreams of the long, long ago
Spinning dreams of an old fashioned garden
And a maid with her old fashioned beau

Sometimes it seems that I can hear her in the twilight
At the organ softly singing “old Black Joe”
There’s an old spinning wheel in the parlor
Spinning dreams of the long, long ago.

Old Spinning Wheel

Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins


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Old Spinning Wheel


Chet Atkins


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Four Loom Weaver: blmusic4

Four Loom Weaver


Folk singers Maddy Prior and June Tabor perform Four Loom Weaver from the album Silly Sisters.


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Four Loom Weaver

Karen Casey
Distant Shore


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Chorus (after each verse):
I’m a four loom weaver as many a man knows
Nowt to eat and I’ve worn out my clothes
Clogs are both broken and stockings I’ve none
Hardly give me tuppence for all I’ve got on

Old Billy at Bent, he kept telling me long
We might have better times if I’d but held my tongue
I holded my tongue ’til I near lost my breath
And I feel in my heart that I’ll soon starve to death

We held out for six weeks, thought each day was the last
We tarried and shifted ’til now we’re quite fast
We lived upon nettles when nettles were good
Waterloo Porridge was best of our food

Our Margaret declares if she’d clothes to put on
She’d go up to London and see the great man
Things didn’t alter when there she had been
She swears she’ll fight with blood up to thine

I’m a four loom weaver as many a man knows
Nowt to eat and I’ve worn out my clothes
Stockings I’ve none and no looms to weave on
I’ve woven myself to the far end…

The Four Loom Weaver – Lyrics

(Becket Whitehead’s version of The Poor Cotton Weaver)

I’m a four loom weaver, as many a man knows,
I’ve nowt to eat and I’ve worn out m’ clothes
M’ clogs are all broken, and stockings I’ve none.
Thee’d hardly gi’s tuppence for all I’ve gotten on.

Old Billy O’ Bent, he were telling us long
We mayn’t had better times if I’d nobbut held m’ tongue.
Well, I held m’ tongue til I near lost m’ breath,
And I feel in m’ hear that I’II soon clem to death

I’m a four loom weaver, as many a man knows.
I’ve nowt to eat and I’ve worn out m’ clothes.
Old Billy were right, but he ne’er were clemmed,
He ne’er picked o’er in his liie.

We held out for six weeks, thought each day were the last.
We tarried and shifted til we were quite fast.
We lived upon nettles while nettles were good.
And Waterloo Porridge were best to us (as) food.

Our Margaret declares, if hoo’d clothes to put on,
Hoo’d go up t’ London and see the great man
And if things didn’ alter when there hoo’d been
Hoo’ swears hoo’d fight til there blood up to th’ e’en.

I’m a four loom weaver as many a man knows.
I’ve nowt to eat and I’ve worn out m’ clothes
Stockings I’ve none, nor looms to weave on,
I’ve woven m’sen to far end.

Note: clem – starve; hoo’d – she’d
Further Note: This is a subset (6 out of ten verses) of a 19th Century
broadside titled John O’ Grinfield.
Recorded by Killen, Gallant Lads are We; also MacColl

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Dance Around the Spinning Wheel: blmusic3

Dance Around the Spinning Wheel


Finbar & Eddie Furey perform the Celtic song Dance Around The Spinning Wheel from the compilation album The Collection


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You Tube – Dance Around the Spinning Wheel

Dance Around the Spinning Wheel

Gypsy’s Kiss
Strange News: Traditional Irish Music in California


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