Post a Comment. Now That The Buffalo's Gone 2. The Old Man's Lament 3. Ananias 4. Mayoo Sto Hoon 5. Cod'ine 6. Cripple Creek 7. The Universal Soldier Side Two: 1. Babe In Arms 2. The Incest Song - Buffy Sainte-Marie - Its My Way!
Lived Alone In Town 3. The Incest Song 5. Eyes Of Amber 6. I'd never heard her before. I had vague recollections of someone telling me I should check her out, and that I'd really like her. I can't remember who it was, but fuck me, they weren't wrong. The record opens with 'Now That The Buffalo's Gone', a song about the mistreatment of Native Americans, and it hit me straight in the gut.
It still does. Before this record, I didn't realise folk could be so angry. Sure, most protest Libera Me - Saens - Prophet In A Statistical World is passionate, but I'd never heard anything quite like this.
There's an underlying, seething anger, both in the songs and in her performance. She Tuning Guide - Various - TG CD Volume 7 (Essential Listening For All Guitarists) seems to play her guitar with more vigour and passion that most folk singers I'm used to.
Even listening now, it still completely blows me away, such is the impressive power of this record. The songs themselves are equally as impressive as their delivery. There's also some pretty heavy subject matter in these songs, even by standards, let alone standards. Most striking perhaps is, 'The Incest Song', the tale of a brother impregnating his sister, then killing her on his wedding day. Then there's 'The Old Man's Lament', where the old man's wife is a "plague on his life".
Of course, 'Cod'ine' and 'Universal Solider' are also highlights, both brilliantly written. Donovan's reading of the latter pales in comparison to Buffy's version. It seems unfair that he was the one who made it a hit. I was lucky enough to see Buffy perform over two nights in London in The first night, a spoken word performance, was truly inspiring.
Buffy, of course, had none of it and forced them to change it. That this record was released in such a climate, by a Native American woman singing about drug abuse, war, incest and the mistreatment of her people, makes it even more remarkable.
It was certainly a bold statement from a bold artist. During the second night in London, I was lucky enough to see Buffy plays some of the songs from this album. She was brilliant, and I was lucky enough to meet her after the show. Since all my albums were back in Australia, I bought a CD from the show to get signed.
I didn't have to think twice about which one I wanted. It's hard to believe this album is 50 years old. Most of the songs are still relevant all these years later, and it still makes for a The Incest Song - Buffy Sainte-Marie - Its My Way! listen. I highly recommend it. Labels: Buffy Sainte-Marie. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.
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