Wednesday, November 05, 2008

by Franco

John Stewart - Rough Sketches (1996)
















1. Spirit of the Road
2. Neon Road
3. Johnny Flamingo on the Blue Dream Road
4. Dogs of San Jon
5. Angel Delgadillo
6. Cadillac Ranch
7. Interview With an Angel
8. Because of a Dancer
9. Evangeline [Alternate Version]
10. Mac Brasel's Farm
11. Road


John Stewart - Teresa and the Lost Songs (1998)


















1. Dead Snakes
2. Lilly and Joe
3. Annie Born and Died
4. Across the Milky Way
5. Teresa
6. Looking Back Johanna
7. Seek a Newer World
8. Crows Landing
9. Remembergin the Sun
10. A Woman Rides the Beast
11. Cooler Water Higher Ground
12. Liddy Buck

4 Comments:

Blogger peter said...

Thx Franco! I didn't have these albums....

08 November, 2008 08:28  
Blogger ge said...

among unofficial-unfancy albums, this sure has some strong tunes, some of whose under-producedness helps!
Lilly and Joe
Annie Born and Died
Teresa *
are haunting hooky evocative winners

* [the Omega Institute mentioned andgently put-down is run by Sufis with new age links]

08 November, 2008 18:36  
Blogger ge said...

TERESA
By John Stewart

“Teresa fell without a whimper
Higher artists make no sound
In the Omega hills of the new awareness
They made me take the Mother down

They were only pictures of the promise
A higher soul never rests
Who serves the poorest of the poor
She is the best of all the best

She had no place among the drummers
Amidst the stream of eager hearts
I’m just glad it’s not the second coming
Paint on canvas was not art

Chorus:
Teresa fell without a whimper
Higher artists make no sound
In the Omega hills of the new awareness
They made me take the Mother down
They made me take the Mother down

In the scheme of things it doesn’t matter
Crying children, there’s a sound
Hungry people in Calcutta
Would never take the Mother down

Double Chorus
They made me take the Mother down
They made me take the Mother down”


"TERESA was written in August 1992 at the Omega Institute in NY State where I was teaching a songwriting course. I was asked to bring the paintings of Mother Teresa I was doing to display in the dining hall. After being up for a day, the executives asked me to take them down as “…they didn’t want people thinking that’s what Omega is about.”
I always thought of Mother Teresa as a great human being like Ghandi, not a symbol of the Catholic Church. Anyway, I was not pleased. I wrote the song in about 30 minutes and sang it there in a show…The place went crazy and they called more attention to the Mother than if they had left them up…the power of songs..."
-John Stewart

05 January, 2009 01:15  
Anonymous folkie said...

please reupload Teresa

12 June, 2009 05:44  

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