:: Title :: If I Were A Blackbird (That Could Whistle And Sing)
:: Genre :: ballad, love song, lyric song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Ritchie, Jean [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Appalachian, Kentucky
:: Session :: Jean Ritchie 6/49
:: Date :: 6/2/1949
:: Reference Information :: T1019.0, Track 16 (00:01:13)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Jean Ritchie performs ballads, game songs, carols, and an Appalachian hymn.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - A girl expresses her longing for her absent sailor truelove, using a variety of poetic images: she wishes she were a bird and could fly to his ship, and so on. As noted in the interview above, Ritchie learned this song from her Irish friend Peggy Staunton
:: Collection :: Jean Ritchie 1949 and 1950

 

 

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