SPEAKER 1: Woody Guthrie is known for songs that are socially conscious songs about exploitation and about a better world, the coming, and all of that. But he also wrote some very, very beautiful songs, some of them children's songs, for example, that weren't in that vein. And he wrote some others also. Some of them have just come to light recently. And it's a great honor to introduce to you Annie Burns, who's going to sing two of these songs-- yes, Annie.
Annie, who is now my vocal coach. And I have to say that of course Annie and her sisters have performed with Arlo Guthrie. And they will again be going on tour with Arlo Guthrie, they've just learned, in the near future. And on their wonderful record, Wild Bouquet, the Burns sisters do Vigilante Man, a fantastic version, a fantastic CD. So it's--
ANNIE BURNS: He's my new agent.
SPEAKER 1: It's a privilege to be able to play with Annie.
ANNIE BURNS: And this is called Birds and Ships. And I just learned it for tonight. So I have a little cheat sheet here.
[MUSIC PLAYING - WOODY GUTHRIE, "BIRDS AND SHIPS"] Birds are singing in your eyes today, sweet flowers blossom when you smile. The wind and the sun are in the words you say. Where might my lonesome lover be? Birds may be singing in my eyes this day. Sweet flowers blossom when I smile. But my soul is stormy and my heart blues wild. My sweetheart rides a ship on that sea. Birds may be singing in my eyes this day. Sweet flowers blossom when I smile. But my soul is stormy and my heart blows wild. My sweetheart rides that ship on that sea. My sweetheart rides a ship on that sea.
SPEAKER 1: Thank you.
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Join historian Richard Polenberg in a lecture and concert of the life and songs of Woody Guthrie.
This video is part 13 of 17 in the Woody Guthrie: His Life, Times, and Music series.