Sad Lady EP

by Connie Converse

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Sad lady Walkin’ through town With a light sad step And a golden gown Mad lady Dancin’ on down With a wreath of roses And violets and rue And daisies for a crown See how the lake is frozen over See how the grass is turning brown And on the night she lost her lover All of the stars came tumbling down Sad lady Walkin’ through town With a light sad step And a golden gown Mad lady Dancin’ on down With a wreath of roses And violets and rue And daisies for a crown
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O keep on sleeping When I pass your door And keep on hoping I will come no more To me, tomorrow Will be all the same For sorrow, sorrow Sorrow is my name O keep on singing When you hear my feet And keep on dreaming If your dream is sweet And you may borrow Candles for your game But still your sorrow's Coming just the same. And if you fear me I will come in haste And if you love me I will go away And if you scorn me I will lay you waste And if you know me I will come to stay So keep on singing When you hear my feet And keep on dreaming If your dream is sweet To me, tomorrow Will be all the same For sorrow, sorrow Sorrow is my name
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Down yonder green valley Where streamlets meander When twilight is fading I pensively roam Or at the bright noontide In solitude wander Amid the dark shades of The lonely ash grove ’Tis there, where the blackbird is cheerfully singing Each warbler enchants with his notes from the tree Ah, then little think I Of sorrow or sadness The ash grove entrancing Spells beauty for me Down yonder green valley Where streamlets meander When twilight is fading I pensively roam For at the bright noontide In solitude wander Amid the dark shades of The lonely ash grove 'Tis there where the blackbird is cheerfully singing Each warbler enchants with his notes from the tree Ah, then little think I Of sorrow or sadness The ash grove entrancing Spells beauty for me
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Down this road On a Monday morning Came a-riding Three strangers Down this road On a Monday morning Came a-riding Three strangers There was one wearing green And one a peacock feather And one wearing overshoes Against the wintry weather And they gave me Six white horses For to carry My load And they beckoned Me to follow And they took me Down this road Almost any day when I’m weary Almost any day when I’m blue Almost any day when I’m weary Almost any day when I’m blue I’d like to take a train and ride it Or dig a whole and crawl inside it Almost any day when I’m weary Almost any day when I’m blue It’s surprising Realizing What a little bit of dreaming can do Almost any day when I’m blue
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We lived alone, my house and I We had the earth, we had the sky I had a lamp against the dark And I was happy as a lark I had a stove and a window screen I had a table painted green Sat on a chair with a broken back Wearing a pretty potato sack I had a rug upon the floor And roses bloomed around my door Though my estate was never high My house was snug and so was I We lived alone, my house and I We had the earth, we had the sky I had a job, my wants were few They were until I wanted you And when I set my eyes on you Nothing else would do Nothing else would do

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All tracks recorded circa 1954-1956.

"Sad Lady" and "Sorrow Is My Name"—both previously broadcast but never released—are joined by Connie's gorgeous (albeit impromptu) arrangement of the traditional ballad "The Ash Grove." The EP closes with two of her doubletracked arrangements ("Down This Road" and "We Lived Alone," both previously released in different form on 2009’s "How Sad, How Lovely") that shed new light on her songcraft and melodic sensibility.

This album is dedicated to the memory of Gene Deitch, whose spirit and boundless enthusiasm had the power to inspire strangers, to change lives, and to help preserve the musical legacy of Connie Converse, along the way.

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released June 26, 2020

Music and Lyrics by Elizabeth Eaton Converse
Artwork by Zachary Scheer
Recorded by Connie Converse and Gene Deitch
Mixed and Mastered by David Herman and Dan Dzula on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, at Good Studio, Brooklyn
Produced by Dan Dzula & David Herman

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Connie Converse disappeared in 1974, leaving behind a haunting body of recorded music that would remain virtually unheard for the next 35 years... Written through the 1950's, Connie's cache of original material instantly reveals itself to be uniquely inspired and years ahead of its time. ... more

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