Coloring Club · music

Coloring Club Plus — 2/13/19

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Feb 13a

 

The 10,000 Maniacs CD, “In My Tribe”, is a beloved part of my musical collection.  I’ve probably listened to it over 100 times by now — wild guess, it’s probably more — and I never get tired of it.  Natalie Merchant has a unique and compelling voice.  Aside from Natalie’s voice, the music is mellow and melodic, even when singing about troubling societal issues.

per wikipedia: In My Tribe is an album by the American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Released on July 27, 1987, it was their second major-label album and their first to achieve large-scale success. John Lombardo, Natalie Merchant’s songwriting partner on previous albums, left the band in 1986. Merchant began collaborating with the other members of the band, most notably with Rob Buck. In 1989, the recording of Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” was removed from the U.S. CD version after comments made by Stevens (by then a Muslim convert and known as Yusuf Islam) that were perceived to be supportive of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie. The song remains on LP record copies and CDs released outside the United States. [Mine must have come from outside of the US as it has Peace Train on it.] Rolling Stone… ranked the album number sixty-five on their list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s, summing it up as “a poetic, heartfelt message about social concerns such as alcoholism, child abuse and illiteracy.”

My selection from the album is, “My Sister Rose”, written by Merchant and Jerome Augustyniak.  It is a happy song about a sister describing her sister’s wedding day.  I love everything about this song, especially its heart.

My Sister Rose
10,000 Maniacs
Big big plans are being made for my sisters wedding day.
We’ll have a ball at the Sons of Roma Hall.
Family, friends come one and all.
First the best man makes a toast to Rocky and my sister Rose,
“A life of years free of tears. Bottoms up and lots of luck!”
Polka, tango everyone, cha-cha, mambo Rose and Rock alone.
Frankie Rizzo and his Combo play on.
Single girls all hear the call from a crowd at the back wall
and when the bouquet flies each one tries to be the best catch and next years bride.
Uncle Sam and Uncle Joe take their places in a row.
They’re standing by side to side for dollar dances with the bride.
Polka, tango everyone, cha-cha, mambo, Rose and Rock alone.
“He’s a banker, she’ll be well off now.”
Sister Rose take your mother’s place.
Trade your home and your maiden name.
For a list of vows and a veil of lace made a wife of you today.
Now they cut the five tier cake, “That Colucci, he can bake.”
A frosted tower of sugar and flour for the couple of the hour.
Polka, tango everyone, cha-cha, mambo Rose and Rock alone.
She was born to wear that gown.
Sister Rose take your mother’s place.
Trade your home and your maiden name.
For a list of vows and a veil of lace made a wife of you today,
but you’re my sister Rose the same.

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