Thursday, 11 June 2009

A song of the sixties, Come Away Melinda

Folk singer Judy Collins,she once sang in Durban I believe.


Being a teenager in the sixties made me a target for the folk songs of that time,there was Peter,Paul and Mary,Julie Felix,Pete Seger,The Spinners (i saw them all) and many others including one Judy Collins,a lady who can sing and play like few others can,this was one of her recorded songs and while it may be some four decades on does give us food for thought with some world nations again brandishing threats of nuclear weapons.

COME AWAY, MELINDA
(Fred Hellerman and Fran Minkoff)

"Mommy, mommy, come and look and see what I have found
A little way away from here while digging in the ground."
"Come away, Melinda. Come in and close the door.
It's nothing but a picture book they had before the war."

"Mommy, mommy, come and see. Oh, mommy, come and look.
There's four or five Melinda girls inside this picture book."
"Come away, Melinda. Come in and close the door.
There were lots of little girls like you before they had the war."

"Mommy, mommy, come and see. Oh, mommy, hurry do.
There's someone grown up and tall who doesn't look like you."
"Come away, Melinda. Come in and close the door.
Your father was a man like that before they had the war."

"Mommy, mommy, come and see. Such things I've never seen.
There's happy faces all around and all the ground is green."
"Come away, Melinda. Come in and close the door.
That's just the way it used to be before they had the war."

"Mommy, mommy come and see and tell me if you can,
Why can't it be the way it was before the war began?"
"Come away, Melinda. Come in and close the door.
The answer lies in yesterday before they had the war."

Recorded by Judy Collins, Tim Rose, Harry Belafonte, The Weavers
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