So Sang the Whippoorwill

by Run Boy Run

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Werner Rohlfs
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Werner Rohlfs It’s wonderful music, very easy to listen to and enjoyable because of its harmonies and the great skill of the musicians. I like the special combination of cello + bass.
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Video "Little Girl": www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ2hRLWr-Gs
"So Sang the Whippoorwill": www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ic7SkV4xeA
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Eclectic Beautiful voices and harmonies. Wonderfully played. Favorite track: In the Tea Garden.
Don Soper
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Don Soper Oh praise Whoever! The back & front covers are included. At last a group that knows we will burn a disc of this and play it on the BIG stereo and not the tinny PC speakers. They sound as if they have made music together for life. Great harmony and lyrics to match. Favorite track: Get Up Jake.
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So sang the whippoorwill Light on the windowsill
2.
Get Up Jake 03:08
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Don't sing love songs--you'll wake my mother She's sleeping here right by my side And in her right hand is a silver dagger She says that I can't be your bride All men are false, says my mother They'll tell you wicked and lovin' lies Then the very next evening they'll court another Leave you alone to pine and sight My daddy is a handsome Devil He's got a chain five miles long And on every link a heart does dangle For another maid he's loved and wronged I bid you go and court another Make sure that she will be your wife For I've been warned and I've decided To sleep alone all of my life Don't sing love songs--you'll wake my mother She's sleeping here right by my side And in her right hand is a silver dagger She says that I can't be your bride
4.
Oh I ain’t got no use for your red rocking chair I ain’t got no honey baby now I ain’t got no sugar baby now Who’ll rock the cradle, who’ll sing my song Who’ll rock the cradle when I’m gone Who’ll rock the cradle when I’m gone I will rock the cradle I will sing your song I will rock the cradle when you’re gone I will rock the cradle when you’re gone Some old rounder came along with his eyes full of gold rounder came and he stole my jelly roll rounder came and he stole my jelly roll It’s all I can do and it’s all I can say Take it to your mama next pay day Take it to your mama next pay day I ain’t got no use for your red rocking chair I ain’t got no honey baby now I ain’t got no sugar baby now I ain’t got no honey baby now I ain’t got no sugar baby now Living on corn whiskey now
5.
Cora Belle 02:45
Let it ring across the dell I’m in love with Cora Belle Kissed her once then I kissed her twice My heart rang like a bell does chime Hair like autumn cheeks a bloom Voice sweet as a springtime tune Come to me my Cora Belle In this heart forever dwell You’ve a kindness in your eye Like the early morning sky And a smile like the spring Love it brightens everything Cora Belle now listen here This old heart is yours my dear Rain or shine come sickness health Still I love my Cora Belle Sir dear sir hear what I say She’s to me as light to day Til the sun falls from the sky Til my soul to him does fly You’ve a kindness in your eye Like the early morning sky And a smile like the spring Love it brightens everything Follow me through valleys deep Rivers wide and mountains steep For you know I’d follow you To the ends of the earth my love be true Hair like autumn cheeks of bloom voice sweet as a springtime tune come to me my cora belle in this heart forever dwell You’ve a kindness in your eye Like the early morning sky And a smile like the spring Love it brightens everything
6.
Roving Davey 03:47
Stars and stripes are chasing my tail If blue skies fell I’d chase them to hell I’d find me a cab and drive off the map Sayin’ goodbye to hard times and never look back I find me a hill when I need a view and I seek out a road and walk ‘til I’m new It doesn’t take wealth to buy a new day I’ll never be rich ‘cuz happy don’t pay My name is Roving Davey My door’s always open, I threw out the key Let’s form us a square and stomp down our cares Now dance to the right, don’t you take all night Black-eyed Susans and red rocking chairs A checkerboard love life of loss and despair I never found nothing that never saw use But a fine lady’s eye that went roving too I met a man who circled the world He offered me food to trade him a tune That tune traveled round and found me again in the hollers and hills of an old string band My name is Roving Davey My door’s always open, I threw out the key Let’s form us a square and stomp down our cares Now dance to the right, don’t you take all night I hitched a ride to a 12 o’clock dance Oh the caller’s now callin’ so grab someone’s hand String up the banjo, and rosin the bow For as long as there’s dancin, there’s somewhere to go My name is Roving Davey My door’s always open, I threw out the key Let’s form us a square and stomp down our cares Now dance to the right, don’t you take all night
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Little Girl 04:22
Little Girl up to my knee, little girl up to my knee Stray not far away from me For your papa’s growing old For the air is growing cold Little Girl up to my hip, little girl up to my hip Come upon my knee and sit For your papa’s growing old For the air is growing cold Little Girl up to my chest, little girl up to my chest Lay me down now soft to rest For your papa’s growing old For the air is growing cold
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Two Brothers 04:27
Two brothers by blood, bound together by life A knot that was severed by a knife in the night And down on the beaches of old Mexico You can still hear them crying for the life that they stole They crossed for adventure, some pesos to spend A lust quickly filled, by a bottle with no end Stumbling and bleary, they spilled to the night The liquor hot, their fists clenched to fight Oh Mexico, my heart is broken Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken The man in the moon shone down on the horror My brother reared back, death drawing him closer He whipped out his ‘chester, for fun and for show But a flash in the moonlight and his knife dropped below I cradled his head, as the devil fled from him Cursing the darkness and the hell we were in No goodbyes were uttered as I held to his hand Stripped of my kin, left to drink up my sin Oh Mexico, my heart is broken Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken At Manuel’s cantina, their tab is still open The band keeps on playing, inviting us back over But a candle of Mary, and a red rosary Show the neighbors remember how his blood stained the street The burden of witness, the burden of booze Burns in the darkness like salt on his wound And down in the valley, where the brother did fall There’s still this old troubadour to sing of it all Oh Mexico, my heart is broken Oh, foolish ways, the night has spoken
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Hoot Owl 03:46
Hoot Owl Standing out here waiting in the dark, in the dark Hoot Owl Call won’t you call on back to me Walked all night with nothing to light this dark path ahead A memory and your luring voice Don’t know when I’ll find you don’t know if I should try But I’ll keep calling till I’m hoarse it keeps me alive Hoot Owl Standing out here waiting in the dark, in the dark Hoot Owl Call won’t you call on back to me The grey wolf he’s a charmer, once I followed him He led me far unto his den but would not let me in The night bird sings so prettily you’d think that it’s God’s song I look to the trees when nightfall comes and he’s long gone Hoot Owl Standing out here waiting in the dark, in the dark Hoot Owl Call won’t you call on back to me Now I’ve heard tales of what you know and what your wide eyes see To find you is to leave behind all decent company In the dark is where you abide, you don’t want to be found Here I am straining my ears for hints of your sound
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Down in the willow garden Where me and my true love did meet It was there we went a courting My love fell off to sleep And I had a bottle of burgundy wine My true love she did not know It was there I poisoned that dear little girl Down on the banks below I drew my saber through her It was a bloody knife I threw her into the river Oh what a dreadful sight My father often told me That money would set me free If I'd but murder that dear little girl Whose name was Rose Connelly Now father stands at his cabin door Wiping his tear dimmed eyes Mourning the loss of his own dear son Upon the scaffold high My race is run beneath the sun Now hell is waiting for me For I did murder that dear little girl Whose name was Rose Connelly
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With hair like flames, Lucinda Jones Struck out for the West The widowed mother by herself Deciding what is best She fled from war of South and North A war of Blue and Grey Found another conflict there The Texan-Comanche Two invading forces meet Innocents would pay Homesteaders and Cherokee Would find it hard to stay The neighbors with the feather bed Attacked out of the blue “Blood and feathers everywhere” That’s what war will do The dragon mother settled in The Devil could not scare The matriarch with child in hand The woman with red hair
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In the tea garden In the tea garden In the tea garden We wait for the rain We’ll be here a’ waiting We’ll be here a’ waiting We’ll be here a’ waiting Until the Sun comes out again Linger here beside me Linger here beside me Stay beside me Don’t run away Let’s just watch the pouring rain Let’s just watch the pouring rain Let’s watch the pouring rain And wait for dawn to bring the day Moon will Rise, the sky will fall But day will follow

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Run Boy Run's debut album available March 19, 2013 from Sky Island Records features eight original songs, their take on three traditional bluegrass/old-time tunes, and a upbeat reworking of The Band's "Get Up Jake". Here's what Garrison Keillor wrote for the album liner notes:

"Doing a weekly radio show for a few decades a man sometimes feels he has heard way too much music and he avoids cafes where singer/songwriters perform and puts his iPod in the drawer and enjoys long silent walks in the snowy woods and then along comes this very band, Run Boy Run, two fiddles, mandolin, cello, and bass, young musicians who have caught the spirit of the traditional and who combine bold playing and beautiful harmony singing, which is a miracle whenever you hear it. My only quibble was whether they shouldn’t separate the Boy from the Run Run with a pair of commas, but now I think not. I saw them clear late one night at a party when they played for three hours straight, unamplified, and danced while they did it, and wanted to play more but the van was leaving. I am old and jaded but I still have my hearing and when I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever."

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released March 19, 2013

by Sky Island Records

Run Boy Run is…
Jesse Allen (Upright Bass)
Grace Rolland (Vocals, Cello)
Matt Rolland (Fiddle)
Bekah Sandoval (Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar)
Jen Sandoval (Vocals, Mandolin)

Produced by Run Boy Run and Jim Brady.
Recorded at Jim Brady Recording Studios in Tucson, Arizona.
Tracking, mixing, and mastering by Jim Brady.
Album packaging by Alex Parisi.
Album illustration by Aubreigh Brunschwig.
Photography by Amy Martell.

All songs published through ASCAP (J. Allen, G. Rolland, J. Sandoval) and BMI (all others) and managed by Modern Works Publishing.

For booking, please contact booking@runboyrunband.com

We would like to thank…
Our parents for the gift of music and teaching us to pursue what we love.
Our families for your love and support.
Our friends and fans for your enthusiasm.
Our Kickstarter contributors for helping put this album in your hands.
Our artists Amy, Alex, Joe, and Aubreigh for all the great design ideas and contributions.
Laura Kepner-Adney for her help in the studio
Don Gest, Julie Sullivan, and Ben Sandoval for all the opportunities, guidance, and introductions.
Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion; Planet Bluegrass and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival; FFOTM and the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass festival.
And finally, our engineer and co-producer, Jim, for his patience, his enthusiasm, and his work.

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Run Boy Run Tucson, Arizona

Award-winning acoustic Folk/Americana quartet from Arizona. Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Prairie Home Companion guest, Run Boy Run, exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound. ... more

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