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Samples

Listen: "Blackfish"
"Where Did the Time Go"

Notes

Lyrics

1. Round and Round
2. I Don't Think So
3. Poppa and Momma
4. Sadness and Pain
5. Black Fish
6. Silent Rage
7. Daughter of England
8. Compared to Florence
9. Era of Guns
10. I'm Free
11. Where Did the Time Go
12. Seashore Symphony #2
13. Roseeann

Musicians and Technical Credits


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Notes

JOE MCDONALD'S first collection of recordings issued in 1965 as a private pressing featured his friend Blair Hardman on guitar and vocal. Blair appears on this collection as well, on bass. That recording, The Goodbye Blues, has been issued a couple of times—once by the label First American—but the most notable issue was a white jacket, sent as a Christmas record/card—with each one illustrated by Joe. There have been a lot of records since that one.

Throughout his Vanguard, Fantasy—and Rag Baby—years, Joe created the same kinds of songs on different themes as he had while part of Country Joe and the Fish. Politics, sexism, war, veterans, the environment, loneliness, love found and lost—the list goes on. His recordings are like an audio newspaper—pick a daily topic and somehow or another it turns up on an album.

His current collection of songs is, in a sense, a contemporary survey of current topics---some right from the headlines of your local newspaper. “Era of Guns” speaks to the consequences we all are subject to by continuing unlimited access to guns by anyone who wants one. The fear and uncertainty in many communities and neighborhoods is daily played out on the total 24-hour news and the printed press. It seems unable to be contained. The anger in society at this point in time is slightly overwhelming. “Black Fish” points out, in the footsteps of “Save The Whales,” the continued mistreatment of sentient species on our planet—species that should always remain free. There are songs of longing—“Roseeann,” “Round and Round”; angst—“Sadness and Pain,” “Silent Rage”; and time passing—“Where Did the Time Go?” It is a collection that speaks to today and yesterday of a future of promise and a past fondly remembered.

Winter spring-summer fall
Years go flying by
People come and people go
We’re born and then we die
-- Bill Belmont

From “Round and Round” © 2017 by Joe McDonald/Alkatraz Corner Music Co (BMI)


Lyrics

1. Round and Round 3:39 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

Round and round, round and round, round and round we go
Round and round where we’re bound
No one really knows

The past evolves the future calls to what we cannot say
The sun exuding energy turning night to day

   The stars surround and gravity holds us to the ground
   We only know just what we see as we go spinning round
   And round and round

Round and round, round and round, round and round we go
Round and round where we’re bound
No one really knows

Winter spring summer fall years go flying by
People come and people go we’re born and then we die

2. I Don't Think So 2:54 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

You say you love me I wonder why
You say you need me I can’t deny
   That I want what you say to be true

You say you miss me but I’m alone
You say you want me but you're never home
   With me and I wonder who’s with you

   We’ve been through all of this before
   It always leaves me wanting more
   Is there a reason to do this one more time
      Well I don’t think so

You say you love me here we go
You say you need me well I don’t know
   That what you say is really true

You say you miss me and want to change
You say you won’t do that again
   Why does this feel so déjà vu?

   We’ve been through all of this before
   It always leaves me wanting more
   Is there a reason to do this one more time
      Well I don’t think so

3. Poppa and Momma 4:07 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

When I was 16 God spoke to me
Sitting in our garden underneath a tree
He said be of service to the sick and poor
You don’t need to spend your time
Doing nothing any more

   Poppa and Momma they don’t understand
   I don’t need a mansion, I don’t need a man
   I need an occupation, I need to spend my time
   Serving and working and using my mind

15 years later, when I was 34
God gave me a mission, he sent me off to war
I studied in secret preparing for that day
When god ask me to serve him in that special way

   Poppa and Momma they don’t understand
   I don’t want a mansion, I don’t want a man
   I want an occupation, I want to spend my time
   Serving and working and using my mind

They made me a hero my life was not the same
People everywhere knew my name
I lived in isolation haunted by memories
The sick and the wounded they called out to me

   And Poppa and Momma did not understand
   I did not want a mansion, I did not want a man
   I wanted an occupation, I wanted to spend my time
   Serving and working and using my mind

I never was a mother. I never was a wife
I look back on moments that changed my life
The world is different now for what we did back then
And if I had the chance I would do it all again

   Poppa and Momma they could not understand
   I did not need a mansion I did not need a man
   I made an occupation and I spent my time
   Serving and working and using my mind
   I made an occupation and I spent my time
   Serving and working and
   Serving and working and
   Serving and working and
   Using my mind

4. Sadness and Pain 5:33 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

Standing in the doorway suitcase in hand
Saying something I can’t understand
Familiar situation we’ve done this before
Turns and walks right out the door

   Goodbye (4)

A history of arguments shame and blame
Resolution, destruction nothing remains
In the beginning laughter and joy
Now just walking out the door

   Goodbye (4)

      Sadness and pain
      Tears fall like rain
      Over and over and over again

5. Black Fish 4:24 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

Black fish swim in the deep blue sea living wild and living free
Then one terrible day people come and take them away
Orca live in the ocean blue just like they are born to do
People come and capture them never see their family again

All alone and far from home got to wonder what they’ve done
In a prison doing time what exactly was their crime
Amusement parks know what to do to get money from me and you
People love to get their kicks watching whales doing tricks

A cage can’t be like the open sea it’s up to you it’s up to me
The right thing to do obviously is to set the black fish free

Is to set the black fish free

6. Silent Rage 2:14 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

In another moment of silent rage
Time crawling by day after day
Mother and father I want to die
Watching my life go slipping by

   What can I do. What can I do.
   What can I do. What can I do.

Conversations: so inane
I think I might just go insane
Life in hell might be like this
Eternity of domestic bliss

   What can I do (4)

7. Daughter of England 2:56 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

By the mighty fortress
Hear the cannon roar
See the daughter of England
Sitting on the weapon of war

Hear the bullets whistle
In the blood and gore
Cheer the daughter of England
Sitting on the weapon of war

She has come for you
When no one came before
Cheer the daughter of England
Sitting on the weapon of war

What will become of her
Upon this foreign shore
Cheer the daughter of England
Sitting on the weapon of war

Thank your god in heaven
She’s here for your succor
See the daughter of England
Sitting on a weapon of war

Shower her with flowers
Cheer like never before
The daughter of England
On the weapon of war

8. Compared to Florence 2:11 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

She’s so pretty and so smart
All the things that I’m not
She’s so charming and profound
I’m not noticed when she’s around
   I can’t stand up to the competition
   Everyone wants to be part of her vision
   They can’t help but notice the difference
   That I’m less, that I’m less
   Compared to Florence

She can sing and she can dance
Next to her I haven’t a chance
She’s captivating and when she laughs
They think that she’s the best
   Her reputation just grows and grows
   But to me she is distant and cold
   And I’m less, and I’m less
   Compared to Florence
   And I’m less, and I’m less
   Compared to Florence

9. Era of Guns 2:38 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

Bullets flying all around
Everybody hit the ground
Sirens scream in the night
   Run for your life
   Run for your life

Mobile unit TV crew
Setting up for the evening news
Shooter on the run
   Door to door search begun
   Door to door search begun

      Just another day in the era of guns
      Just another day in the era of guns

Yellow tape marks the spot
People gather see what’s up
Ambulance on its way
   Take the dead and dying away
   Take the dead and dying away

Helicopter hover above
Everybody run for cover
Shell casings in the street
   People shot while they're asleep
   People shot while they're asleep

      Just another day in the era of guns
      Just another day in the era of guns

Candles and flowers mark the spot
Where the family was shot
Benefit concert plans begun
   Raising money for a burial fund
   Raising money for a burial fund

Snipers set the line of fire
Negotiations down to the wire
Tac squad standing by
   Hoping no more will die
   Hoping no more will die

      Just another day in the era of guns
      Just another day in the era of guns

10. I'm Free 2:02 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Korner Music, BMI

I’m free I’m free (4)

I can do what I want at last
I can make my dream come true
There is nothing they can say
There is nothing they can do

Chorus
I’ve done all they asked
And I’ve paid my dues
And now at last
I can do what I want to do

11. Where Did the Time Go 2:27 (Joe McDonald) Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI

Where oh where did the time go
Somebody tell me I want to know
We were so young now we’re so old
Oh, where oh, where did the time go

Only yesterday we rocked and we rolled
Upsetting our parents and the status quo
Now we’re all middle of the road
Oh where oh where did the time go

Our babies were born and now they are old
With their own lives and kids of their own
Friends and loved ones have moved away
And yesterday turned into today

Cherish today it’s all that we know
Plans for tomorrow are yet to unfold
Yesterday can never return
Cherish today and all that we’ve learned

12. Seashore Symphony #2 9:05 (Bernie Krause/Joe McDonald) Wild Sanctuary, BMI/Alkatraz Corner Music, BMI
      Adapted from Rag 1040 Natural Imperfections with Bernie Krause.

13. Roseeann 1:37 (Bright Light Quartet & Alan Lomax) Ludlow Music In., BMI

Oh Roseeann sweet Roseeann bye bye my Roseeanna
I thought I heard my baby say I won’t be home tomorrow

Bye bye bye bye bye bye my Roseeanna
I thought heard my baby say I won’t be home tomorrow

Sweet Roseeann my darling child bye bye my Roseeann
Sweet Roseeann my darling child I won’t be home tomorrow

Don’t you want to go home on your next pay day
Don’t you want to go home on your next pay day
I won’t be home tomorrow

She’s going away but not to stay bye bye my Roseeanna
She won’t be back for many a day bye bye my Roseeann

Sweet Roseeann sweet Roseeann bye bye my Roseeanna
I thought I heard my baby say I won’t be home tomorrow

 

Musicians and Technical Credits

Prarie Prince, drums and percussion; James DePrato, guitar and string instruments; Diana Mangano, vocal; Blair Hardman, bass; Joe McDonald, vocal, harmonica, guitar.

Produced by Michael Rosen and Joe McDonald; engineered by Michael Rosen; mix and remix Michael Rosen. Recorded at East Bay Recorders. Cover art by Tom Weller. Photo by Jim Block.

Joe uses Martin Strings and plays Gibson Guitar and uses Hohner Harmonicas.

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P O Box 3316
San Francisco CA 94119

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