Classical Sunday: Traditional Scandinavian Folk Songs

Something to celebrate the cold season with. Enjoy.

Traditional Swedish Folk Songs

Here’s what they say concerning this video on YouTube:

The Music of Sweden shares the tradition of Nordic folk dance music with its neighboring countries in northern Europe, including polka, schottische, waltz, polska and mazurka. The accordion, clarinet, fiddle and nyckelharpa are among the most common Swedish folk instruments. The instrumental genre is the biggest one in Swedish traditional music. Swedish folk songs are dominated by ballads and kulning; the latter was originally used as a cow-herding call and is traditionally sung by women. The fiddle is perhaps the most characteristic and original instrument of the Swedish folk tradition.

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Tony Rice – Church Street Blues

These thin dime, hard time,
Hell on Church Street blues

From the DVD “An Intimate Lesson With Tony Rice” (Source VHS)

Verse 1
Well I’ve been hangin’ outta town, Lord in that low down rain
Watchin’ good time Charle friends is a drivin’ me insane
Up on shadey Charlotte Street both the green lghts look red
I wish I was back home on the farm Lord in my feather bed

Chorus
And I got myself a rockin’ chair
To see if I could lose
These thin dime hard time
Hell on Church Street blues

Verse 2
I found myself a picker friend that read yesterday’s news
I folded up page 21 and stuck it in my shoe
I gave me a nickel to the poor my good turn for the day
I folded up my old billfold and threw it far away

[Chorus:]

Verse 3
Well I wish I had some guitar strings Old Black Diamond brand
I’d string up this old Martin box and go and join some band
But I guess I’m gonna stay right here and pick and sing a while
Try to make me a little change and give those folks a smile

(Chorus)x2

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