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riffing on a theme

Written by: 24 January 2012 5 Comments

I’m a sucker for a link and as such often when playing music on youtube I’ll check the related videos and load one up to see where it and it’s respective links lead me to. more often than not a voyage of interesting listening awaits… sometimes if unlucky you get trapped on a page where all the related videos pont to the same artist, this is the point I stop if boredom or whatever hasn’t struck first.

Tonight I got am are currently happily enscounced in a particluar song theme and the music geek inside is very happy indeed… and in keeping with my resolution to post some more I give you riffing on a theme; The Wayfaring Stranger


“The Wayfaring Stranger” (aka “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” or “I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger”), Roud 3339, is a well-known American spiritual/folk song likely originating in the early 19th century[1] about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. It became one of Burl Ives’s signature songs, included on his 1944 album The Wayfaring Stranger. Ives used it as the title of his early 1940s CBS radio show and his 1948 autobiography. He became known as “The Wayfaring Stranger.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wayfaring_Stranger_(song)

To start at the beginning is to start in our present

but wait theres more with now added beats

um, yeah, sorry

thank god for Johnny

and the ladies

and the most excellent Bill Monroe

and Dolly rocks it too

and finally Neka Case to round things off and bring us back to the present

One hell of a song…


  • Bob Daktari said:

    re-read wiki entry… missed an essential version



  • Benny said:

    I always thought Jamie Woon wrote this song!

    Ace musical link detective work bob.

  • The Ninja said:


    I had read the Woon was a cover, but hadn’t know it was so widely done. Even Johnny!

  • bob said:

    Dusty Springfield does another wonderful version


    oh yeah

  • krzysiu said:

    Really cool, love the Bill Monroe version.

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