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Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Hard Times Come Again No More

There’s pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o’er.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends – including Kate’s son Rufus Wainwright along with Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Karen Matheson and Rod Paterson – perform a wonderful arrangement of Stephen Foster’s magnificent Hard Times Come Again No More. This comes from the Transatlantic sessions which was filmed in Scotland.

In the GOP induced world recession, this song is becoming ever more pertinent by the day!

“Hard Times Come Again No More” is a beautiful song written by Stephen C. Foster in 1854.

It attained recognition quickly and very soon became well-known and popular both in America and Europe.

The song was actually a favorite of both sides in the American Civil War.

The first audio recording was a wax cylinder by the Edison Company (Edison Gold Moulded 9120) in 1905.

“Hard Times Come Again No More” has been recorded countless times by an array of artists such as Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, De Danann, Kate McGarrigle and her family, James Taylor, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Ralph McTell, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Warnes and The Proclaimers, amongst others. It has also been parodied a number of times.

You can catch the Dylan version HERE!

The powerful, liturgical “Hard Times Come Again No More” is a song for the dispossessed, the trampled upon, the forgotten.

The song begins with the great line “Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears while we all sup sorrow with the poor” and strongly sympathises with those who find themselves in extremely difficult circumstances.

The heart wrenching refrain is a cry from the sorrowed soul that begs “Hard times, come again no more.”

The relevance of Foster’s great lyrics resonates from one era to the next as the greed of the wealthy elite inevitably leads not only to ongoing suffering amongst vast swathes of society – even in the better times – but over and over again too to periodic widespread economic collapse which causes universal pain, such as the “Great Depression” and this today, the “Great GOP Depression”.

We’re sure GW Bush never heard this song when he was in Office!

Stephen C. Foster – Hard Times Come Again No More

Let us pause in life’s pleasures and count its many tears
While we all sup sorrow with the poor.
There’s a song that will linger forever in our ears,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay.
There are frail forms fainting at the door.
Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

There’s pale drooping maiden who foils her life away
With a worn out heart, whose better days are o’er.
Though her voice it would be merry, ’tis sighing all the day,
Oh, hard times, come again no more.
‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

‘Tis the song, the sigh of the weary.
Hard times, hard times, come again no more.
Many days you have lingered all around my cabin door.
Oh, hard times, come again no more.

Kate & Anna McGarrigle and friends – Hard Times Come Again No More


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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, Karen Matheson, Kate McGarrigle, Mary Black, Music_Folk, Rod Paterson, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Foster, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Score and Custom Soundtrack

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Score and Custom Soundtrack
Mp3 various kbps / RS

I want a fucking car RIGHT FUCKING NOW!

There seems to have been two separate soundtracks released for this movie;

  • the “songs only” soundtrack, and
  • the Ira Newborn score / soundtrack

We’ve already posted the excellent “songs only” soundtrack HERE! which includes a track by our favourite Irish band ever, THE STARS OF HEAVEN!

Catch the movie in DVD rip here …. Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Now, we have come across the Score- based soundtrack on the great theinfernomusiccrypt

This version contains the Ira Newborn score, together with a few songs from the “songs only” soundtrack but also a few songs not on “songs only” soundtrack!!

Posted there too is a Custom Soundtrack, made by a guy called Fritz!

So that’s three soundtracks in all! Confusing enough for ya?!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Score/Soundtrack

1. Rush Hour (2:52) – Ira Newborn
2. The Automobile (1:48) – Ira Newborn
3. Behind the Wheel (1:53) – Ira Newborn
4. Beds (0:23) – Ira Newborn
5. Bathroom (0:32) – Ira Newborn
6. Guilty Conscience (0:46) – Ira Newborn
7. Cold (2:35) – Ira Newborn
8. Morning After (0:18) – Ira Newborn
9. Making Progress (0:40) – Ira Newborn
10. The Ride (0:24) – Ira Newborn
11. Travel (1:23) – Ira Newborn
12. Thinking Back (1:53) – Ira Newborn
13. Cars (1:23) – Ira Newborn
14. Bad News (0:21) – Ira Newborn
15. Power To Believe (5:15) – Dream Academy
16. Everytime You Go Away (5:24) – Blue Room
17. I Can Take Anything (3:51) – E.T.A.

Total Duration: 00:31:31
Total Size: 38.2 MB
Bitrates – 192, 128 (in that order)

Here she be:

Custom Soundtrack OST (Compiled By Fritz)

1. I Can Take Anything (3:53) – E.T.A.
2. Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo (3:03) – Westworld
3. Six Bucks (0:09) – Del Griffith *
4. I’ll Show Show You Something (3:31) – Balaam & The Angel
5. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (3:57) – Book Of Love
6. Pick-Up Sticks (0:13) – Neal Page & Del Griffith *
7. Mess Around (2:43) – Ray Charles *
8. Power To Believe (5:16) – The Dream Academy
9. Whopper (0:21) – Del Griffith *
10. Six Days On The Road (3:11) – Steve Earl And The Dukes
11. Gonna Move (3:37) – Dave Edmunds
12. I’ve Been With Del Griffith (0:32) – Neal Page *
13. Lost Again (4:23) – Yello *
14. Back In Baby’s Arms (2:05) – Emmylou Harris
15. Welcome To Marathon (1:12) – Neal Page & Marathon Agent *
16. Red River Rock (3:30) – Silicon Teens
17. Wheels (3:13) – The Stars Of Heaven
18. Continental Trailways Blues (3:12) – Steve Earle *
19. Everytime You Go Away (4:32) – Paul Young **
20. Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:10) – Bill Monroe **
21. Three Coins In The Fountain (3:07) – Frank Sinatra **
22. Flintstones (0:25) – Del Griffith *

* – not on original soundtrack

** – inspired by the film (SEE BELOW)

Fritz says “The ones that are inspired by are two that are sung in the film (Neal sings “Three Coins In A Fountain” on the bus and Neal and Del both sing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” when they get pulled over by Mike McKean) and I could not, for the life of me, find “Everytime You Go Away” by Blue Room, so I added the version by Paul Young instead (because the Blue Room version soundS virtually identical).”

Total Duration: 00:58:00
Total Size: 53.2 MB
Bitrate: 128 – But Encoded In Superior Format “M4A” Great Quality!

You should have no problems running on your computer or mp3 player!

Here she be:

Big thanks to Fritz and theinfernomusiccrypt

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Emmylou Harris, Music_AltCountry, Music_ClassicRock, Music_Country, Music_OST, OTHER_CINEMA, Stars of Heaven, Steve Earle, Various ArtistsThe Dream Academy, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Planes, Trains and Automobiles OST (1987)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles OST

MP3 / various bitrates

Released; 1987

Genre; Rock and Roll / Country / Pop

Length; 34:32

Label; MCA

Six bucks and my right nut says we’re not landing in Chicago.

There seems to have been two separate soundtracks released for this movie;

  • the “songs only” soundtrack (i.e. this one!) and
  • the Ira Newborn score / soundtrack (which we’ve posted HERE! )

OK. Let’s come out and say that the reason we dug out this OST was, of course, the rather strange fact that our favourite Irish band ever, THE STARS OF HEAVEN, although as obscure to the music masses as a braincell in GW Bush’s skull, appear on the soundtrack to this big-budget Hollywood film!

How the fuck did that happen, you may well ask! I haven’t a fucking clue, but I’m glad it did!

I’ve written about THE STARS OF HEAVEN – a band decades ahead of their time and who pioneered the alt-country genre – in the most glowing manner a few times before and posted some of their MAGNIFICENT albums. Check em out Here!

Here, the boys do a good cover of “Wheels”, a song by one of their heroes, Gram Parsons.

I guess this is probably a good time as any to tell you this. Our tickets are only good to St. Louis. St. Louis to Chi-town is booked tighter than Tom Thumb’s ass.
Aside from the Stars, the OST is very eclectic and has some other wonderful moments with renowned great artists such as Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris, as well as cult bands such as The Dream Academy.

A couple of tracks though could have been better chosen especially the dire Silicon Teens! soundtrack features a mix of rock and roll, country and pop. The frenetic musical score by Ira Newborn, makes extensive use of the folk song Red River Valley, including a souped up version of the song, Red River Rock, performed by British group Silicon Teens.

Among other tracks is a cover version of “Back in Baby’s Arms”, used during the scene when Steve Martin’s and John Candy’s characters wake up embracing each other in the morning. The song, popularized by Patsy Cline, is performed by Emmylou Harris.

The soundtrack album was released in 1987, but has since gone out of print.

Her first baby came out sideways. She didn’t scream or nothin.

Songs featured in the film but not included on the soundtrack album include “(Meet) The Flintstones” (sung on the bus) and “Three Coins in the Fountain” (which Steve Martin’s character tries to sing on the bus) and “Mess Around” by Ray Charles, the song John Candy’s character is listening to when he plays “air instruments” while driving; swerving and puffing cigarettes, while Steve Martin’s character sleeps.

An additional track by Steve Earle, “Continental Trailways Blues”, was composed for the film, but was not included on the soundtrack album. The song is included on the 1996 compilation, Ain’t Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection. Not included in the soundtrack is the song Everytime You Go Away performed by Blue Room at the end of the film.

Neal: Del, why did you kiss my ear?

Del: Why are you holding my hand?

Neal: Where’s your other hand?

Del: Between two pillows …

Neal: Those aren’t pillows!

The movie itself is excellent too, replete with loads of classic comic moments. Far better than one would expect from writer / director John Hughes – who here avoids sappy sentimentality and teenagers in favour of a adult oriented intelligent comedy ! – and star Steve Martin, who believe it or not, was still funny then! There’s the classic scene where Martin unleashes a tirade, littered with ‘fucks” at a car rental agent … You can start by wiping that fucking dumb-ass smile off your rosey, fucking, cheeks … etc!

Of course, we always liked the comic acting of the late great John Candy.

We’ve posted a DVD rip of the movie too … grab it HERE!


1. “I Can Take Anything” (“Love Theme from Planes, Trains & Automobiles”) (David Steele, Andy Cox and John Hughes) – 3:46

* Performed by ETA featuring Steve Martin and John Candy

2. “BA-NA-NA-BAM-BOO” (Elizabeth Westwood, Nick Burton & Robert Andrews) – 2:58

* Performed by Westworld

3. “I’ll Show You Something Special” (Desmond Morris, Mark Morriss and Steve Brown) – 3:28

* Performed by Balaam & The Angel

4. “Modigliani” (“Lost in Your Eyes”) (Susan Ottaviano, Jade Lee and Theodore Ottaviano) – 3:53

* Performed by Book of Love

5. “Power to Believe” (Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel) – 5:13

* Performed by The Dream Academy

6. “Six Days on the Road” (Earl Green and Carl Montgomery) – 3:06

* Performed by Steve Earle & The Dukes

7. “Gonna Move” (Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe) – 3:32

* Performed by Dave Edmunds

8. “Back in Baby’s Arms” (Bobby Montgomery) – 2:02

* Performed by Emmylou Harris

9. “Red River Rock” (Tom King, Ira Mack and Fred Mendelsohn) – 3:26

* Performed by Silicon Teens

10. “Wheels” (Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons) – 3:08

* Performed by Stars of Heaven

Here she be:


August 20, 2008 Posted by | Emmylou Harris, Music_AltCountry, Music_ClassicRock, Music_Country, Music_OST, Stars of Heaven, Steve Earle, Various ArtistsThe Dream Academy, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be (2008)

Emmylou Harris – All I Intended To Be (2008)
Genre: Country | MP3 192 kbps | 77 MB | 56 min.

Her first solo recording since 2003’s Stumble Into Grace, Emmylou Harris’s All I Intended To Be follows on the heels of the vocalist’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

It’s a fitting coincidence, as the album presents Harris not only in her less-appreciated mode as a songwriter but interpreting classic country songs alongside Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, and Buddy Miller.

On her second Nonesuch disc, Emmylou Harris assembles an extraordinary cast of veteran musicians and fellow singers, all of them longtime friends, for a set that indeed showcases this Nashville icon, and 2008 CMA Hall of Fame inductee, as all she has intended to be – a singularly expressive vocalist, a brilliant interpreter of other people’s songs, a graceful and confident songwriter.

In particular, the album displays Harris’s ability to bring new life to songs that may have been overlooked, forgotten or lost along the way. Some of the most affecting material here may be the least well-known – though not for long: John Wesley Routh’s celtic/country “Shores Of White Sands” and trucker-poet Michael Germino’s heartrending story-song, “Broken Man’s Lament.”

Harris has chosen these songs with conceptual care. Like much of the gently uplifting All I Intended To Be, the stories may be bittersweet, the characters may be downtrodden, but somehow a sense of redemption always vanquishes regret. The shared history of all the artists involved deepens the feeling of hard-won wisdom that informs All I Intended To Be. Producer Brian Ahern was behind the boards for such early Harris classics as Elite Hotel, Pieces of the Sky and Blue Kentucky Girl.

The players and guest stars are not only a veritable who’s-who from the worlds of country, bluegrass and folk, but they have each intersected with Harris throughout her four-decade career as a recording artist. They include Dolly Parton, singers Pam Rose and Maryann Kennedy, dobro player (and longtime Seldom Scene member) Mike Auldredge, keyboardists Glenn D. Hardin (of Harris’s Hot Band and Elvis Presley’s legendary TCB combo) and Bill Payne (of Little Feat). Two songs – the June Carter tribute, “How She Could Sing The Wildwood Flower” and the breathtakingly beautiful “Sailing Round the Room” – were co-written by and performed with Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Singer-songwriter Karen Brooks, whose own eighties-era version of “Shores of White Sands” was the inspiration and thematic jumping-off point for this entire album, contributes backing vocals throughout; Randy Sharp, Brooks’ singing partner, did the vocal arranging. (Harris won a 2005 Best Country Vocal Performance Grammy for her rendition of Sharp’s “The Connection.”)

Harris’s own songs, like the heartache ballad “Gold” and the elegiac “Not Enough,” blend seamlessly with work by Patty Griffin (“Moon Song”), Merle Haggard (“Kern River”) and Billy Joe Shaver (“Old Five and Dimers,” from which the album title is taken). Harris revives what is arguably Tracy Chapman’s most eloquent song, “Fast Car” notwithstanding – “All That You Have Is Your Soul,” a cautionary tale with a simple but profound prayer of a chorus. Displaying the maturity, elegance and ease that distinguished All The Road Running, her best-selling 2006 collaboration with Mark Knopfler.

Harris has created a riveting emotional and spiritual journey. All That I Intended To Be is everything a listener and fan could hope for.

– Amazon

All I Intended To Be counts as Emmylou Harris’ first solo album in five years. Recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Emmylou recorded these songs over a four-year span in Nashville. Emmylou Harris serves as a beacon of light in the music world. Discovered by Gram Parsons in the early 70s, Harris’ work throughout her career deemed her a twelve-time Grammy winner.

Emmylou wrote or co-wrote 5 of these songs. She always enjoyed covering other writers’ songs. She recently spoke about the song selection for All I Intended To Be: “I’ve always seen myself as a relentless song-finder, a singer of other people’s work whom I admire greatly, and an occasional songwriter.”

Emmylou’s voice serves as a medicinal tonic to any wounded soul. All I Intended To Be proves a laid-back collection of 13 songs. Jack Wesley Routh’s “Shores of White Sand” sounds like a modern-day cowboy song heard out on some lonesome salt flat. Jud Johnstone’s “Hold On” transmits a soothing tribute to all farming families in a voice that can calm the most feverish soul. The lush, warm instrumentation on these songs gives a continuous mood to these compositions.

Emmylou renders Patty Griffin’s “Moon Song” in a way that blurs distinction between songwriter and singer. Her cover of Mark Germino’s “Broken Man’s Lament” somehow harkens the ghost of Townes Van Zandt.
Harris penned the song “Gold”, a melancholy tune that balances between a Grand Ol’ Opry hymn and a psalm out of the Carter Family songbook. “How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower”-a song Emmylou wrote with Kate and Anna McGarrigle—stands as a sad song about an orphan girl. Most musicians these days never even cover a song with this much soul, much less possess the capacity to write such material.
Emmylou’s own “Take That Ride” resembles a Daniel Lanois production. Billy Joe Shaver’s “Old Five and Dimers” proves one of the best songs on the album, but Emmylou’s voice still commands as the main instrument. Her ability to transform a song into gold just by her talents indicates why Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and other luminaries commissioned Emmylou to work with them. Merle Haggard’s “Kern River” tells a story of someone who will not swim because this river claimed the life of their best friend; enduring…permanent messages burn as the cohesive thread on these songs.

“Not Enough”, another new Emmylou tune continues a somber parade in a classic mosaic presentation of songs. “Beyond the Great Divide” ends this quiet CD. All I Intend To Be writes Emmylou Harris’ name in the eternal book of soulful messengers.

James Calemine


01. Shores of White Sand
02. Hold On
03. Moon Song
04. Broken Man’s Lament
05. Gold
06. How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower
07. All That You Have is Your Soul
08. Take That Ride
09. Old Five and Dimers Like Me
10. Kern River
11. Not Enough
12. Sailing Round the Room
13. Beyond the Great Divide

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June 12, 2008 Posted by | Emmylou Harris, Music_Country, _MUSIC | Leave a comment