Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pretty Saro: Issa's Sunday Service, #192

Artwork by Bob Dylan


 
 
This 18th century traditional song, sung by Bob Dylan 43 years ago and just released last year, is accompanied by amazing video by filmmaker Jennifer Lebeau. As you will note, it is comprised largely of images from the Farm Security Administration. Dylan, for the 1970 Self-Portrait sessions, was in fine voice. The mention of "If I was a poet" gets it on the Sunday Service list. Here's some more about the release of this brief little gem


Pretty Saro (traditional) 

Down in some lone valley
In a sad lonesome place
Where the wild birds do all
Their notes to increase



Farewell pretty Saro
I bid you Adieu
But I dream of pretty Saro
Wherever I go

Well my love she won't have me
So I understand
She wants a freeholder
Who owns a house and land

I cannot maintain her
With silver and gold
And all of the fine things
That a big house can hold

If I was a poet
And could write a fine hand
I'd write my love a letter
That she'd understand

And write it by the river
Where the waters overflow
But I dream of pretty Saro
Wherever I go

~ Bob Dylan (traditional lyrics)
  
What follows is another version, with different lyrics, sung by Ires DeMent for the movie, Songcatcher:
 
 
 
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 Photo by Martin Sercombe via foter


 
dawn's glow
hasn't quite yet dyed
the dewdrops 
Issa
translated by David G. Lanoue



best,
Don

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6 comments:

japanesehistoryenthusiast said...

Very nicely combined, I appreciate the calm voices compacted with the tension of the lyrics.

mary f.ahearn said...

Thanks so much for this, Don. And for all you do.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks so much,Carmen. Don

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Mary ... that means a lot to me.

Cheers,
Don

donnafleischer said...

Such a terrific post I had to share at Word Pond!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Thanks so much, Donna ...