Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday Music: These Times We're Living In



This is one of our favorite Kate Wolf songs. She was an inspired singer/songwriter who died much too young of leukemia in 1986. There is an annual music festival in her name every year here in northern California.

Down by the river the water’s runnin’ low
As I wander underneath the trees
In the park outside of town
The leaves turned brown and yellow now
Are falling on the ground
Remembering the way you felt
Beside me here when love was new
That feeling’s just grown stronger
Since I fell in love with you

Now we’ve only got these times we’re living in
We’ve only got these times we’re living in

Winter wood piled on the porch
Walnuts scattered on the ground
And wood smoke risin’ to the sky
An old man comes home from work
And he hugs his wife in a sweat-stained shirt
Walks hrough that door to
Where it’s warm inside
And I’m walking as the wind
Rustles in the fallen leaves
My footsteps picking out a tune
My heart sings silently

Now we’ve only got these times we’re living in
We’ve only got these times we’re living in

See the roses dried and faded
The tall trees carved and painted
With long forgotten lovers’ names
Old cars standing empty
And dogs barking at me
As I walk through the quiet streets the same
If I could I’d tell you now
There are no roads that do not bend
And the days like flowers bloom and fade
And they do not come again

We’ve only got these times we’re living in
We’ve only got these times we’re living in

20 comments:

  1. Kate Wolf was one of the many singer-songwriters whose work was never well-known on this side of the pond. In fact she's probably better-known now thanks to YouTube and streaming services than she was back when we had to rely on word-of-mouth and imported LPs. A great talent taken from the world too soon as this song confirms.

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    1. John-- She really was quite a singer/song-writer. I'm glad to share her songs here.

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  2. I have never heard of Kate Wolf so I will have to look for her. this is a well written song.

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  3. Such a sweet,poignant song. She is gone way too soon. How nice they are keeping her current with the festival.
    Made me realize how much I miss folk music.

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    1. Patti-- It is such a poignant song. The folk festival about 100 miles south of us is quite popular.

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  4. I accidentally found her grave at an overgrown cemetery in Downieville, CA. She used to go to Downieville to write and that's where she wanted to be buried. There are all kinds of trinkets around her headstone. Thanks for sharing her music this Friday. It's been a long time.

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  5. Incredible - 'My Heart Sings Silently' - Powerful - Enjoy Your Weekend & Be Well

    Cheers

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    1. Padre-- She was quite a gifted writer. Enjoy your work and be well, as well!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this beautiful song...and the singer/author too. have a great weekend. Happy Solstice.

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    1. Barbara-- So glad to share this music here. Happy solstice to you too, and thank you so much for that.

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  7. Thank you for Kate Wolf's voice today as we approach Winter Solstice. It's not only her voice but the way she plays her guitar so beautifully.

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    1. am-- She really was such an incredible talent. Her voice and music, true beauty.

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    2. Just remembered that at least one of her songs was on my play list when I was performing: Golden Rolling Hills of California. Loved performing it.

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    3. Tara-- We love that song too. We have it on one of our playlists.

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  8. I love Kate Wolf. Her compilation album "Gold in California" is one of my favorites.

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