Voice Of The Army

Voice Of The Army

Voice Of The Army. Program 509, The Wayfaring Stranger

eBook - 2017
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First published in 1948, this autobiography from Burl Ives, whom Carl Sandberg calls "the greatest folk ballad singer of them all," is as fresh and wholesome as a summer's breeze out of an Illinois cornfield. His ballads have long been an authentic expression of his land and its people-songs his grandmother taught him in the Midwestern farm country, songs remembered by old-timers in small towns all over the land, songs he heard hobos singing-songs we have come to know and love. In Wayfaring Stranger, writing in the stirring imaginative language of the ballad, Burt Ives tells of a night spent in a haystack with a pig, and of a brief fight with a railroad cop on top of a boxcar. He hitched a ride with Al Capone's master bootlegger; he barely escaped the clutches of an old maid in Maine; he fell in love on a Great Lakes steamer; he played for evangelists and politicians; in speakeasies and public parks. Always he listened to the people, and he learned their songs. Anywhere he could get an audience, he sang his ballads: Barbara Allen, The Riddle Song, Fair Eleanor, Old Smokey, Silver Dagger, Foggy Foggy Dew. Now in Wayfaring Stranger, he has written his own story-as warm and appealing as the songs he sings.

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