Skip to comments.Village Stompers- Hit Song 'Washington Square'
Posted on 11/21/2012 8:36:05 PM PST by virgil283
Folk music was to be the next biggest thing : "The Village Stompers was a U.S. dixieland music group with the hit "Washington Square" in 1963. The band was known for its instrumental pieces. The Village Stompers originated from Greenwich Village, . They had instrumental hits on the Epic record label with "Washington Square" released in September 1963, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart..."-Wiki
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I remember this song very well! Until I found “You Tube”, I had no idea what it was called or who recorded it. Now of course, I know! I also have this in my favorites on “You Tube”!
Composers: Bob Goldstein & David Shire
From Cape Cod Light to the Mississip, to San Francisco Bay,
They’re talking about this famous place, down Greenwich Village way.
They hootenanny all the time with folks from everywhere,
Come Sunday morning, rain or shine, right in Washington Square.
And so I got my banjo out, just sittin’ and collectin’ dust,
And painted right across the face “Greenwich Village or Bust.”
My folks were sad to see me go, but I got no meanin’ there.
I said “Goodbye, Kansas, Mo, and hello, Washington Square!”
Near Tennessee, I met a guy who played 12-string guitar.
He also had a mighty voice, not to mention a car.
Each time he hit those bluegrass chords, you sure smelled mountain air.
I said, “Don’t waste it on the wind. Come on to Washington Square.”
In New Orleans, we saw a gal a-walkin’ with no shoes,
And from her throat there comes a growl. She sure was singin’ the blues.
She sang for all humanity, this gal with the raven hair.
I said, “It’s for the world to hear. C’mon to Washington Square.”
We cannonballed into New York on good old US 1,
Till up ahead we saw the arch, a-gleamin’ bright in the sun.
As far as all the eye could see, ten thousand folks was there,
And singin’ in sweet harmony right in Washington Square.
So how’s about a freedom song, or the old Rock Island Line?
Or how’s about the dust-bowl crop, or men who work in a mine?
The songs and legends of our land is gold we all can share,
So come and join us folks who stand and sing in Washington Square.
I couldn't help it the soul sounds got to me early - and never left.
Sorry, my link in post #6 doesn’t seem to be operative. But the link itself is correct if you want to cut-and-paste.
“The Cherry Creek Singers”.... Thanks Leaning Right. thats a great version ...plus that’s the word I was looking for””””Hootenanny”””””””....
I was 13 yrs old. I remember this one.
Had this album in the family as a tyke. My favorite cut was “Midnight in Moscow”. Just sayin’.
“Hootenanny is an Appalachian colloquialism that was used in early twentieth century America as a placeholder name to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit, as in “hand me that hootenanny.” Hootenanny was also an old country word for “party”. Nowadays the word most commonly refers to a folk-music party with an open mic, at which different performers are welcome to get up and play in front of an audience”..WIKI
It's called music. We haven't heard any music for quite a while.
‘My favorite cut was Midnight in Moscow. ‘ ..Hey great song ...I had not heard it in a long time Thanks...’V’
“Welcome to hell. Here’s your accordion”.....Well there was an album (1969 ?) that condemned accordian music as un-cool ...unless it was two accordians playing different songs at the same time...or maybe not...I stand corrected or not...
That is some great music. I’ve never heard that before.
I lived on 8th Street in Greenwich Village many years ago and did this song about the experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoSiFaZh2K8