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GORDON BOK ?/span>



I keep a very large repertoire alive; I抦 always learning or making songs, because they reflect my changing understanding of the world. They feel like a great herd of horses that need to be exercised. And I feel a strong need to do that, because they seem to exercise different parts of myself. That抯 why I have never done two solo concerts the same.

I take about two hundred songs with me on a typical three-week tour and will practice and perform most of them.  On the next tour, about half of those songs will be replaced by others. So when you ask me for an old song in a concert, I may not be able to bring it to hand or voice in the time we抮e given.

These are some of the songs you have requested or asked me to record. You抣l note the preponderance of chorus songs; I抦 always proud that you and I are still part of a singing tradition. Luckily we抳e built a strong musical community at home, and enjoy helping each other with our various projects, so local friends are filling in for you on this recording. Here you go then, and thanks for asking. 


Recorded and engineered by Bruce Boege, Limin Music, Northport, Maine

With additional recording by Hamilton Hall

Mixed by Bruce Boege, Gordon Bok and Anne Dodson

Mastered by Grey Larsen at Grey Larsen Mastering, Bloomington, Indiana

Produced by Gordon Bok and Anne Dodson

Cover photograph by Gordon Bok


Programming by Carol Rohl

Graphic design by Ken Gross


Where possible, I print the oldest sources I have of these songs, no matter how much they differ from the versions that came to me.


In this recording The January Men and Then Some are:

Gordon Bok, Bill Huntington, Jamie Huntsberger, Bob Richardson, Carol Rohl, Langley Willauer, Ivan Stancioff, Judith Simpson, Dan Beckman, Kat Logan and Jim Loney



?1986 Jan Harmon

Gordon ?vocal & 12-string guitar?

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne 杤ocals


An early, off-season visit to Yosemite by Jan and a friend inspired this song.


High along the John Muir trail from Whitney toward Star King

Lon and I set pace to reach Yosemite that spring

And like some dream of Gulliver we spied El Capitan

Wild gables, spires and granite walls not shaped by any man


Night fell like talus from the stone and Loni said to me

Douse the fire, but keep the flame, 'til morning warms old Tuolemne

Douse the fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne


Black bear roamed the tamarack from Cloud's Rest to Cock's Comb

Where silent snowmelts filled the streams that burst and tumbled down

And where Tananya caught the moon Loni said to me

Douse the Fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne

Douse the Fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne


From dogwood and Sequoia stands we climbed the Vernal Trail

By Big-leaf Maple shine with mist we scaled the Bridal Veil

And when Half-Dome, the hooded hawk set her shadow free

We doused the fire but kept the flame 'til morning warmed old Tuolemne

Douse the fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne


Now I know around Cathedral Peak the seasons cloud and clear牋牋

And it seems I can't quite count the years since Lon and I were there

Still when all the darkness falls, it's Loni close to me

Douse the Fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne

Douse the Fire, but keep the flame 'til morning warms old Tuolemne





?1965 Gordon Bok, BMI

Gordon ?vocal & 12-string guitar

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne 杤ocals


I made the tune when Capt. Havilah Hawkins pointed to Hay Island and said 揅an you make a tune as simple as that island??Hence the Hay Ledge Tune. Later, heading east toward Isle au Haut with a young friend asleep below who抎 had a hard day, I put the words together.


If I could give you three things, I would give you these:

Song and laughter and a wooden home in the shining seas


牋牋牋牋牋?When you see old Isle au Haut rising in the dawn

牋牋牋牋牋?You will play in yellow fields in the morning sun


Sleep where the wind is warm and the moon is high

Give sadness to the stars, sorrow to the sky


Do you hear what the sails are saying in the wind's dark song?

Give sadness to the wind, blown alee and gone


Sleep now:?the moon is high and the wind blows cold

For you are sad and young and the sea is old


If I could give you three things, I would give you these:牋牋牋

Song and laughter and a wooden home in the shining seas牋牋牋牋





?Charles Flowers circa 1880s, from the Penguin Australian Songbook, compiled by John S Manifold [Penguin Books 1964]

Gordon ?vocal & 12-string guitar牋牋?

Will, Matt, Anne ?vocals


I think I first heard this from Dave de Hugard, whom I抳e never met, but whose singing has taught me a lot over the years. A sad commentary, but one repeated over the years in many countries. The last double verse was found a few years ago by Bill Scott of Warwick, who thought to look in Charles Flowers抯 journals, which his family had kept.?It is not commonly sung.


Come, Stumpy, old man, we must shift while we can

All your mates in the paddock are dead

We must say our farewells to Glen Eva's sweet dells

And the hills where your lordship was bred


Together to roam from our drought-stricken home

Seems hard that such things have to be

And it's hard on a horse when he's naught for a boss

But a broken-down squatter like me?


牋牋牋牋牋?And the banks are all broken, they say

牋牋牋牋牋?And the merchants are all up a tree

牋牋牋牋牋?When the bigwigs are brought to the bankruptcy court

牋牋牋牋牋?What chance for a squatter like me?


No more shall we muster the river for fats

Or spiel on the fifteen-mile plain

Or dash through the scrub by the light of the moon

Or see the old homestead again


Leave the slip-railings down, they don't matter much now

For there's none but the crow left to see

Perching gaunt on the pine as though longing to dine

On a broken-down squatter like me


牋牋牋牋牋?And the banks?/span>


When the country was cursed with the drought at its worst

And the cattle were dying in scores

Though down on me luck, I kept up me pluck

Thinking justice might soften the laws


But the farce had been played, and the government aid

Ain't extended to squatters, old son

When me money was spent, they doubled the rent

And resumed the best part of the run


牋牋牋牋牋?And the banks?/span>


It抯 a mighty hard ride till we reach the divide

With the plain stretching out like the sea

But the chances seem best in the faraway west

For a broken down squatter like me


Well, they left us our hides and little besides

You have all I possess on your back

But stumpy, old sport, when we boil our next quart

We抣l be out on the Wallaby Track


牋牋牋牋牋?And the banks?/span>





?1983 Don Cooper, New Mutant Music

Gordon, Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne 杤ocals


I got this song from my old friend, Bob Stuart.?Only this year did I have the chance to hear Don抯 singing of it ?that抯 well worth a listen.


My images come

From the people who do the work

From the people who sing the songs

From the people who live the life

From the people who get along

牋牋牋牋牋?A bottle of rum

牋牋牋牋牋?For the demon what always lurk

牋牋牋牋牋?For the demon what do me wrong

牋牋牋牋牋?For the fury what is my wife

牋牋牋牋牋?For the struggle what is my song



牋牋牋牋牋?It get me down sometime

牋牋牋牋牋?It get me down but only

牋牋牋牋牋?A little look around and I find

牋牋牋牋牋?That I am not so lonely

牋牋牋牋牋?We in the same boat brother!


My images come

From the pleasures I had before

From the pleasures I'm still to know

From the pleasures my dreams provide

From the pleasures what I bestow

牋牋牋牋牋?A bottle of rum

牋牋牋牋牋?For the trouble what's at my door

牋牋牋牋牋?For the trouble where' ere I go

牋牋牋牋牋?For the misfortunes what I abide

牋牋牋牋牋?And for the courage I'm trying to show


My images come

From the woman what's on my knee

From the woman what's in my head

From the woman out in the sun

From the woman what shares my bed

牋牋牋牋牋?A bottle of rum

牋牋牋牋牋?For a broken love's misery

牋牋牋牋牋?For a love what has grown so dead

牋牋牋牋牋?Expectations my life's undone

牋牋牋牋牋?For illusions what I've been fed


My images come

From the world in which I live

From the world I love so well

From the world of change and light

From the world of which I tell

牋牋牋牋牋?A bottle of rum

牋牋牋牋牋?For the feelings I cannot give

牋牋牋牋牋?For the feelings what fears impel

牋牋牋牋牋?For the screams of a fraughtful night

牋牋牋牋牋?And for the time what is spent in hell





?1985 Gordon Bok

Gordon ?Spanish guitar

Carol ?harp牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?牋牋?


I originally made this tune for a film pilot with my friend and colleague, Eton Churchill.?Our local instrumental group 揝mall World Orchestra?enjoyed playing it and polished it up some, and I named it after one of our number, Will Brown, a shipmate of many musical (and other) voyages, because it felt like the way he seems to dance the days with such grace and kindness.



?1985 Dan MacArthur, BMI

Gordon ?vocal & 12-string guitar

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne, Holly -vocals


From my dear MacArthur family of Marlboro VT, whose love and work has kept so many traditions of music, building and land care alive and healthy in the world that feeds us all.


first chorus:

牋牋牋牋牋?The grasses grow tall until the hay it is mown

牋牋牋牋牋?Then the fields lie still till the new seed is sown

牋牋牋牋牋?Many children standing here have watched the grass wave in the wind

牋牋牋牋牋?We're the ones who stand here now but many others will again


Long, long ago these fields and the crops that they grew here

Might decide a family's fate for another coming year

Like the grasses that grow tall and get cut down for hay

So generations moved in here, made their marks and moved away


second chorus:

牋牋牋牋牋?And the fields lie still till the new seed is sown

牋牋牋牋牋?And the grasses grow tall till the hay it is mown

牋牋牋牋牋?Many children standing here have watched the grass wave in the wind

牋牋牋牋牋?We're the ones who stand here now, but many others will again


After clearing off the land and piling up their long stonewalls

They walked for miles for the seed, then they hoped the good rains fall

And when the rains come down right and all the crops grew tall and strong

Families had enough to eat for another winter long


牋牋牋牋牋?(first chorus)


Perhaps the time will come again when these fields will mean more

And we'll learn to care for them as others did so long before

And like the seed that's newly sown and springs to life with sun and rain

People's lives may grow to know the value of these fields again


牋牋牋牋牋?(second chorus)


We're the ones who live here now, but many others will again






Gordon ?vocal & Spanish guitar?

Carol ?vocal牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋 牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋


I probably got this from the great British American singer, David Jones. I thought I got it from Tommy Makem ?but when cornered, he denied that. So much for memory.


It was down by Christchurch that I first met with Annie

A neat little girl and not a bit shy

She told me her father had come from Dungannon

And he'd take her back in the sweet bye and bye


牋牋牋牋牋?And what's it to any man, whether or no

牋牋牋牋牋?Whether I'm easy or whether I'm true

牋牋牋牋牋?As I lifted her petticoat easy and slow

牋牋牋牋牋?And I rolled up me sleeves for to buckle her shoe


Now, in city or country, a girl is a jewel

And well built for gripping, the most of them are

But any young fellow would sure be a fool

If he tried it the first time, to go a bit far


We wandered by Thomas Street down by the Liffey

The sun was long set and the evening grew dark

And along Whiteman's Bridge, and by God, in a jiffy

My arm was around her, out there in the park


So if you go down to the town of Dungannon

You may search till your eyeballs are empty and blind

Be it sitting or walking or running or standing

A girl like Annie you never will find



?2003 Nadine Laughlin

Gordon ?vocal & Spanish guitar


Nadine lives with her family in the woods of New Hampshire. She made this astonishing song for her daughter, who had lost her best friend. I thank her for writing it, and I thank our mutual friend, Alouette Iselin for knowing to send it to me when I needed it. Nadine sang it on a CD called 揃eautiful Mystery.?o:p>


You should go east, into the day

There抯 nothing left to do, nothing to say

But go east into the light

Nothing in the world can make this right


You should go south, into the heart

To the love that brings us here and tears us apart

But go south, into the fire

Watch the ashes fall and the smoke go higher


牋牋牋牋牋?And I will walk beside you as far as I can go

Let your tears baptize me as they flow

Let this path of sorrow let us know

We are always together, and alone


You should go west, into the dream

You don抰 have to know what it means

But go west, into the dark

Look into the night for a guiding star


No north, into the cold

Find a mountain stream and look for gold

Go north, right into this loss

Climb up to the top and look across


牋牋牋牋牋?And I will fly beside you as far as I can go

牋牋牋牋牋?Let your tears baptize me as they flow

牋牋牋牋牋?Let this flight of sorrow let us go

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?Where we抮e always together, always home





Gordon ?vocal & 12-String guitar

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne 杤ocals


My name is Jock Stewart ?I抦 a canny-goin? man

And a roving young fellow I抳e been


牋牋牋牋牋?So be easy and free when you抮e drinkin?wi?me

牋牋牋牋牋?I抦 a man you don抰 meet every day


I抳e got acres of land, I have men at command

And I抳e always a shilling to spare


I take up my gun, with my dog I do go

Along by the banks of the Tay


So fill up your glasses with brandy and wine

And whatever the cost I will pay



?1976 Gordon Bok, BMI

Gordon ?vocal & 12-string guitar?

Anne - vocal


For some reason people have been asking for this song recently.?It抯 about a boat-delivery from Connecticut to Maine.?You can read the whole soggy story in the Folk Legacy songbook Time and the Flying Snow.


Here I am, man, all alone again

Anchored away the hell and gone again

Another mile from another town

Wind Northeast and the rain coming down

Home is the sailor, home from the sea

A home for the mildew, friend to the flea


I don't care, man, I'm happy

I got an old fat boat, she's slow but handsome

Hard in the chine and soft in the transom

I love her well; she must love me

But I think it's only for my money


牋牋牋牋牋?And I don抰 mind staying and I don抰 mind going

牋牋牋牋牋?But I抦 some dam tired of rowing


No more tobacco, no more cheese

I'm sprung in the back and lame in the knees

It's a damned good thing I'm easy to please

There ain't nothing in town on a Sunday


You know, I got milk and I got ice

I got home-made bread, a little old, but nice

Everybody puts their cooking hat on

When you tell 'em you're leaving in the morning


Yes, I got coffee, I got tea

I got the beans and the beans got me

I got tuna fish, I got rum

I got a two-pound splinter in my thumb

So I'll take my toddy and my vitamin C

And the radio for my company

Oh, me. I got the hydrogen peroxide blues


揥ell mercy, mercy, I do declare

(If) half the fun of going is the getting there?

Mercy, Percy, you better start rowing

'Cause the other half of getting there is going


*Quote from Ken Hicks



? 1995 Bill Gallaher, SOCAN

Gordon ?vocal, 12-string guitar & viol da gamba


Bill Gallaher says, 揟he NFB docu-drama For Angela, told the story of a young First Nation Cree girl in Winnipeg who was on her way to school one day on a city bus, with her mom, when they were harassed by three white teenage boys. This was done with such utter cruelty that it put thoughts in the little girl抯 mind no child should have to bear. That night, feeling profoundly ashamed of her heritage, she slipped quietly into the bathroom where the scissors were kept, and cut off her beautiful braids. The scene was so moving it stirred my soul.?o:p>


A cold wind's blowing, Angela

Do up your coat against the chill

And pay no mind to things you hear牋牋

They're mindless calls of whippoorwills


I know some hurtful words were said

And that they made you feel ashamed

They've got you tangled in their web

Don't let them cause you so much pain


牋牋牋牋牋?But believe that time can heal the hurting

牋牋牋牋牋?The shadows disappear, and so will the scars

牋牋牋牋牋?One day you'll look inside and know just who you are

牋牋牋牋牋?Thought sometimes the seeing isn't easy, Angela


Angela, those pretty braids you wore

As shiny black as ravens' wings

Lay cut and scattered on the floor

One day you'll grow them back again


One day your pride will rise and soar

And you will let them grow again




?1975 Gordon Bok , BMI

Gordon ?Vocal & 12-String Guitar

The January Men And Then Some - vocals


This is probably my most requested song in concerts. I tend to sing it as a seasonal song, but those who request it tell me it抯 not. It started as an attempt to answer a letter from a lady I did not know well, who was having a hard time facing the thought of winter.


My singing of this has been influenced by my friends Dave Mallett, who sang it faster than I, and Megan MacArthur, who left off the last verse. I have taken their folk process (folk wisdom) to inform my present singing.


When the deer has bedded down and the bear has gone to ground

And the Northern goose has wandered off to warmer bay and sound

It's so easy in the cold to feel the darkness of the year

And the heart is growing lonely for the morning


牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?Oh, my Joanie, don't you know that the stars are swinging slow

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?And the seas are rolling easy as they did so long ago?

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?If I had a thing to give you I would tell you one more time

牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋牋?That the world is always turning toward the morning


Now October's growing thin and November's coming home

You'll be thinking of the season and the sad things that you've seen

And you hear that old wind walking, hear him singing high and thin

You could swear he's out there singing of your sorrows


When the darkness falls around you and the Northwind comes to blow

And you hear him call your name out as he walks the brittle snow

That old wind don't mean you trouble he don't care or even know

He's just walking down the darkness toward the morning


It's a pity you don't know what the little flowers know

They can't face the cold November, they can't take the wind and snow

They put their glories all behind them, bow their heads and let it go

But you know they'll be there shining in the morning


Now, my Joanie don't you know that the days are rolling slow

And the winter's walking easy, as he did so long ago?

And, if that wind should come and ask you, "Why's my Joanie weeping so?"

Won't you tell him that you're weeping for the morning?



?Papi Galan

Gordon ?Spanish guitar

Carol ?harp


My wife, Carol and I always have requests for this kind of music, and this is one of our favorites. It was recorded in 2003.




?1995 Colm Gallagher, ASCAP

Gordon ?Vocal & 12-string guitar

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne 杤ocals


I got this song from Tommy Makem. I think he told me that Colm used to play bass for him in NY City.?Colm also made the words for 揑 Held a Lady,?an old favorite of mine.


If I was a dog I抎 wag me tail, I抎 sit me down beside the fire

And the girls could pat me on the back or anyplace else their heart would desire

I wouldn抰 be after chasing cats, I wouldn抰 go baying at the moon

I wouldn抰 have time for things like that

If I was a dog, what I抎 be doing!


Oh-ho, oh-ho, if I was a dog I抎 have me day

Oh-ho, oh-ho, wouldn抰 I be waggin? me tail


If I was a dog I抎 eat of the best and only the best that money could buy

I抎 go down to the butcher抯 shop and I抎 lick the leg of the butcher抯 wife

I抎 be dining on filet mignon and pelican fingers and lobster fins

And delicate frogs, if I was a dog I wouldn抰 go rooting in nobody抯 bins


I wouldn抰 be after chasing sheep, I wouldn抰 be after hunting hares

I抎 prefer to be home in me sleep or digging a hole to God knows where

I wouldn抰 be after pulling the sled like huskies up in the Yukon do

I抎 prefer to be home in me bed with a Pekinese, Poodle or Kerry Blue


And woe betide the fool that tried to spay the wife or neuter me

Before I抎 let him away with that, by God I抎 show me pedigree

I抎 put up a hell of a fight and wouldn抰 that be a sight to see

One strategic nip, the neuterer becoming the neuteree


And sooner or later I抎 father a litter and teach the little ones how to be

And if any of them tried to get smart, be-God, I抎 chase the lot of ?span class=SpellE>em up a tree

?/span>So if you抮e walking along the street and an elegant dog you happen to see

Steppin?it out, give us shout; you could be you and that would be me




Written by Garic Barranger ?1998 NARP, BMI

Gordon ?Vocal & 12-String guitar

Will, Matt, Kat, Jim, David, Anne, Holly 杤ocals


I learned this from the singing of Rose Anne Bivens, one of Garic抯 musical partners, on the delightful CD, Rose Anne Bivens?揥alter抯 Garden.?Garic says, ?span class=GramE>the song grew out of litigation in which a group of Louisiana prisoners sued the state as a result of appalling conditions at Angola, our state prison. I represented a good number of the parties plaintiff and Walter was one of them. Walter was our 搈ole?inside the prison campus (poetically referred to by the residents as 搕he Farm? and kept us informed about just what the officials were up to from day to day, until he became so sufficiently annoying that the powers that be stopped his [asthma medication.]?[Y]ou know the rest.  The story in the song is mainly true except that part in the last verse that refers to 揳 suit for wrongful death?following Walter抯 passing; the fact was that he had no heirs to file a suit on his behalf, so the song is his only memorial.?nbsp;


We are planting Walter抯 garden in the coming of the spring

When the fear of frost is over, we are plowing over clover

To be planting Walter抯 garden where the sweet birds sing


I read the file on Walter Smith who died inside the jail

His breath was made of ashes and his cheek was colored pale

His teeth were amaryllis except where they were black

And his morals were as crooked as the pretzel of his back


Now he had always had the asthma in his file it said

And the only thing that helped it was the fresh Columbian Red

So he planted half an acre and watered it with tears

Til the sheriff caught him hoeing it and gave him seven years


牋牋牋牋牋?Now we抮e?


So they threw him in Angola in a rusty, rolling chair

Where he could suck to heart抯 content the un-Columbian air

But with every breath that Walter took the phones around him rang

In the offices of journalists where no birds sang


He filed lawsuit after lawsuit til the courts concerned themselves

With our Devil抯 Island prisons in their Devil抯 Island dells

And he made the state spend money on medicines and brick

And for doctors in the hospitals to heal the prison抯 sick

And he made the state remember, for a little while at least

The forgotten men in prison in the belly of the beast


?/span>And we抮e planting?


So in Technicolor language Walter Smith reviewed the tales

Of the day to day atrocities that populate our jails

Til they took away his medicine and set his asthma free

And he breathed his life out on the phone while he was calling me


So I review his folder and remember Walter Smith

I file a suit for wrongful death and seem to catch a whiff

Of the crop that Walter planted in his half acre of ground

And reaching for my Dictaphone I try to turn the world around


牋牋牋牋牋?And we抮e planting?



?2011 Gordon Bok, BMI

Gordon ?Vocal & Spanish guitar牋牋


Inspired by a carving I did years ago showing a young woman on the foredeck of a workboat, staring into the wind. Finally got curious enough about her to explore it with a song.


Jenny's anchored off in the roadstead[1], now, lying to a three-inch rode[2]
She should have been gone on the morning tide but now the whole damn day's grown old
She's sitting on the foredeck, windy and cold, with the west wind making on
And that dumb-fool deckhand she's dreaming on has slipped his cable and gone

Oh, Jenny, let the damn-fool go, there's a good man down the line
        牋?You're bound to meet him on the next short-tow, and he's going to treat you fine

All those years growing up on the water, working in your daddy's crew
You've been barge-hand, deckhand & engineer: there ain抰 a damn thing you can't do
So now you're the skipper and your own damn boss, but the boss gets lonely,too
She gets to thinking that any young buck is the best that she can do


Oh, Jenny?br>         
You're strong and able, canny and kind, you're the best thing he'll ever know
And that west wind's strolling along your deck, singing: Come on, Jenny, let's go
Now you're the skipper and your own damn boss, and the boss gets lonely, too
But don't you be thinking that any young buck is the best that you can do


Oh, Jenny?br>      

Hit the air[3] now, fire up the Cat, throw in the gear to the windlass 
Haul that big old anchor on board, and go on about your business


Oh, Jenny-with-the-wind-in-your-hair, just lay this day aside

Lay your head on the cool west wind, and catch your own sweet tide                    


[1] An anchorage

[2] Anchor line

[3] Compressed air to start engine