If You Ain't Got the Do-Re-Mi

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Released by Smithsonian Folkways in collaboration with the Museum of American Finance in New York, If You Ain't Got the Do-Re-Mi is a fascinating collection of folk and blues songs about money and its powerful, dangerous allure drawn from the vast Smithsonian Folkways catalog. Full of vernacular tunes chronicling fortunes made, lost or not sought at all, these selections, although many of them date from the Great Depression, have a timeless applicability given that cries of hope and frustration and grand wishes for financial solvency will undoubtedly never cease to be contemporary concerns. Among the gems here are a pair of Woody Guthrie songs, "Do-Re-Mi" from his Dust ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Released by Smithsonian Folkways in collaboration with the Museum of American Finance in New York, If You Ain't Got the Do-Re-Mi is a fascinating collection of folk and blues songs about money and its powerful, dangerous allure drawn from the vast Smithsonian Folkways catalog. Full of vernacular tunes chronicling fortunes made, lost or not sought at all, these selections, although many of them date from the Great Depression, have a timeless applicability given that cries of hope and frustration and grand wishes for financial solvency will undoubtedly never cease to be contemporary concerns. Among the gems here are a pair of Woody Guthrie songs, "Do-Re-Mi" from his Dust Bowl cycle, and his classic Oklahoma-outlaw-turned-Robin Hood ballad "Pretty Boy Floyd," Josh White's haunting "One Meat Ball" from 1944, Pete Seeger's stark, banjo-led lesson in international economics titled "Business," and Derek Lamb's 1962 version of "The Money Rolls In," an ode to counterfeiting set to the melody of the old British music hall standard "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean." Autoharpist Kilby Snow's sparkling instrumental take on "Greenback Dollar," which is structurally based on "East Virginia Blues" and not on the Hoyt Axton song called "Greenback Dollar" from the '60s folk revival, is a sonic delight. Then there's "Ida Mae," done here in a version by Joe Glazer. Ida Mae was Ida Mae Fuller of Vermont, who in 1940 was the first person to ever receive a Social Security check (the Social Security Act had been passed in 1935 -- her first check totalled $22.54). Born in 1874, Ida Mae was over a hundred years old when she died in 1975, having drawn checks from the government for some 35 years amounting to some $20,000 in benefits (not a bad return, since she had only paid in $24.75 before she retired in 1939), making her a folk hero of sorts. Glazer also performs a rendition here of what is perhaps the most famous song to come out of the Great Depression, Jay Gorney and Yip Harburg's "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," which was written in 1932. That Harburg also had a hand in writing "Over the Rainbow" shows how much hope and yearning are actually at the heart of most of these old songs, which tend to harbor wishes and dreams more than they do declarations of solvency. Money may not actually make the world go 'round (gravity and physics have a much bigger hand in that), but the lack of money sure makes the world a tough place to hang around in, as these apt and durable old songs clearly show while demonstrating an uncommon grace, sense of humor and dogged determination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074019528
  • Catalog Number: 40195
  • Sales rank: 366,666

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wall Street Rag - Ann Charters (3:55)
  2. 2 Empty Pocket Blues (Barrel of Money Blues) - Pete Seeger (1:32)
  3. 3 Do-Re-Mi - Woody Guthrie (2:33)
  4. 4 Bill Morgan and His Gal - The New Lost City Ramblers (2:59)
  5. 5 One Meat Ball - Josh White (3:13)
  6. 6 Jim Fisk - June Lazare (2:55)
  7. 7 Gallis Pole (2:48)
  8. 8 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime! - Joe Glazer (4:03)
  9. 9 Yankee Dollar - Lord Invader (2:32)
  10. 10 If I Had a Million Dollars - Speckled Red (4:28)
  11. 11 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Rold Cahn (4:50)
  12. 12 If I Lose, I Don't Care - The New Lost City Ramblers (3:01)
  13. 13 Banks of Marble - Pete Seeger (3:16)
  14. 14 The Old Arm Chair - Gale Huntington (3:39)
  15. 15 The Money Rolls In - Derek Lamb (1:22)
  16. 16 Business - Pete Seeger (2:07)
  17. 17 If You Lose Your Money - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee (2:44)
  18. 18 Union Maid - Almanac Singers (2:10)
  19. 19 Greenback Dollar - Kilby Snow (1:48)
  20. 20 The Miller and His Sons - Horton Barker (3:16)
  21. 21 Penny's Farm - Pete Seeger (1:51)
  22. 22 Billy Grimes the Rover - The New Lost City Ramblers (2:31)
  23. 23 Ida Mae (The Social Security Song) - Joe Glazer (2:24)
  24. 24 The Last Gold Dollar - Bascom Lamar Lunsford (1:17)
  25. 25 Black Dog Blues - The Stoneman Family (2:13)
  26. 26 I Don't Want Your Millions - Almanac Singers (2:57)
  27. 27 Pretty Boy Floyd - Woody Guthrie (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lead Belly Guitar, Vocals
Woody Guthrie Guitar, Vocals
Mike Seeger Fiddle
Pete Seeger Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Kilby Snow Autoharp
Josh White Guitar, Vocals
Speckled Red Piano, Vocals
Ann Charters Piano
Tom Paley Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Rolf Cahn Guitar, Vocals
Eric Von Schmidt Guitar
Ernest V. Stoneman Guitar, Vocals
E.G. Huntington Guitar, Vocals
June Lazare Guitar, Vocals
Derek Lamb Guitar, Vocals
Joe Glazer Guitar, Vocals
Brownie McGhee Guitar, Vocals
John Cohen Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Terry Harmonica, Vocals
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Banjo, Vocals
Hattie Stoneman Fiddle
Gregory Felix Clarinet
Felix & His Internationals Accompaniment
Horton Barker Vocals
Mike Hudek Autoharp
Patrick McDonald Macbeth cuatro
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
Alan Lomax Arranger, Adaptation
Joe Glazer Composer
James Cox Composer
Jim Garland Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Arranger, Adaptation
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jeff Place Annotation
John Read Composer
Sonny Terry Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Walter Brown McGhee Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Jay Gorney Composer
Will Mahoney Composer
Les Rice Composer
Louis Singer Composer
Rupert Grant Composer
John E. Herzog Liner Notes
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