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Since 1959, Seeger has written hundreds of songs. Those who regard Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Laura Nyro as the first generation of singer-songwriters to craft material from women's experiences should think again. Seeger is a missing link between the 1950s American folk-song revival and women's liberation; the guitar-toting chanteuses of the 1970s could not have existed without either of those movements. - Laura Pellegrinellli, The Village Voice

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A lifetime has gone into reaching the place she sings from here. The result is a quietly compelling album (Everything Changes) of songs that took a lifetime to be able to write and sing. A most eloquent and rich album.
— Michael Tearson

 

Fatal Flower Garden

FATAL FLOWER GARDEN                   
traditional U.S.A.

It rained, it poured, it rained so hard,
Rained so hard all day.
That all the boys in our school
Came out to toss and play.

They tossed their ball again so high,
Then again so low;
They tossed into a flower garden
Where no one was allowed to go.

Up stepped a beautiful lady
All dressed in yellow and green;
Come in, come in, my pretty little boy
And get your ball again.

I won’t come in, I shan’t come in
Without my playmates all;
I’ll go to my father and tell him about it,
That’ll cause tears to fall.

She first showed him an apple seed,
Then a guinea gold ring;
Then she showed him a diamond,
And that enticed him in.

She took him by his lily white hand
She led him through the hall;
She put him into an upper room
Where no one could hear him call.

O, take these finger-rings off my fingers,
Smoke them with your breath;
If any of my friends should call for me,
Tell them that I’m at rest.

Tether the Bible at my head,
The Testament at my feet,
If my dear mother should call for me,
Tell her that I’m asleep.

Tether the Bible at my feet,
The Testament at my head;
If my dear father should call for me,
Tell him that I am dead. 

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