Waltz of the Chickadee

by Mike + Ruthy

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Waltz of the Chickadee is a collection of traditional and original American roots music which explores the themes of birth and death, adversity and joy and the sweet, sweet springtime. Dedicated with love to William Puck Merenda, born January 28, 2008.

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released March 20, 2009

Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar with family and friends: Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Lyn Hardy, Abby and Rosie Newton, Dominic John, Craig Santiago, Jacob Silver.

Recorded and mixed at Humble Abode Music by Max Feldman and Michael Merenda. Mastered by Michael Tudor at Defiant Recording, Willow, NY. Cover drawing by Ruthy.

All songs © 2009 Mike and Ruthy, Concert Works Music / ASCAP except for "Dust Bowl Blues" by Woody Guthrie, "Winder Slide" by Joe LaRose, and "June Apple" and "Hang Me" trad., arr. Mike and Ruthy.

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Track Name: Another Dawn Another Day
Another Dawn Another Day

Hear the birds all singing bright
I stayed up way too late tonight
Hear a far of fiddle play
Another dawn another day

Hear that diesel engine moan
The Catskill kids are far from home
Hungry for the hard higway
Another dawn another day

I’m gonna wind my love through time
Like a honeysuckle vine

Underneath a six AM sky
I’ll stop asking how and why
Walk the bridge across the bay
Another dawn another day

I’m gonna let my senses find me
I’m gonna leave hard times behind me

When the train comes haulin’ back
I won’t be tied up on the track
I’ll climb on board and roll away
Another dawn another day
Track Name: Baby
Baby

Baby, baby, you make me dizzy and hot.
you make me weepy alot.
Baby, baby, when I hold you near,
I've never seen so clear.

All the wonder of a warm spring day is in your tender smile
We're so lucky that your old soul chose to stay with us a while

Baby, baby, you've been in my heart
for a long long time.
Baby, baby, now I see your eyes
and they look like mine.

When I see you growing big and strong I overflow with love.
And whatever troubles come our way, I know we'll rise above.

Baby, baby, the future's coming fast
every day flies past.
Baby, baby, I'd like to slow things down
now that you're around.
I'd like to slow things down
now that you're around
Track Name: Winder Slide
[instrumental]
Track Name: Slow Train
Takin' my time with this
Wanna be home before breakfast
Out here where the fast mail flies
I don't need no surprises

I got to get to you
I got to be with you

I'm taking my time on a slow train
takin' my time on a slow train

Out here on the heavenly highway
Watchin' the wonderful world blow by me
Days I drove and days I flew
Only tryin to get back to you

I got to get to you
I got to be with you

I'm taking my time on a slow train
takin' my time on a slow train

Takin' my time with it
Wanna be old before I quit
Tell you truth I think that I
Love you better than a bonfire

I got to get to you
I got to be with you

I'm taking my time on a slow train
takin' my time on a slow train
I'm taking my time on a slow train
takin' my time on a slow train
Track Name: Cooper's
[instrumental]
Track Name: The Doctor's Door
The Doctor’s Door

In my youth I traveled
Over land and sea
I fell in love with a farmer’s daughter
And she fell in love with me

Before long we’d married
i took her from her home
Very shortly after that
Something went terribly wrong

I’d gotten her with child
We we’re of course overjoyed
Until the fever took her body
And neither of us were employed

I went to the door of the doctor
Said, “Help us, Sir, if you can”
He said he’d not see us without
Five gold pieces in our hand

“Sir, I’ve no gold pieces
But I’ll be forever in your debt
If you would only save my wife
And this unborn child I’ve never met.”

O, the night blew rainy
O, the night blew cold
And my young wife she died that night
Under the doctor’s door

Now that you’ve heard my story
Hang your head and cry
How the rich man turned his back
And let the poor woman die

In my youth I traveled
Over land and sea
I fell in love with a farmer’s daughter
And she fell in love with me
Track Name: Waltz of the Chickadee
[instrumental]
Track Name: Little Waltz
[instrumental]
Track Name: Cold Wind (Nate's Song)
Cold Wind (Nate’s Song)


There’s a cold wind blowin from the East
And it blew right through my town
And it blew the worst news
That I have ever found

My friend of twenty-nine years
last night he was shot down
In the hot, hot desert sand he
Laid cold dead on the ground

And he left behind a young and beautiful wife
Who saw walk across her lawn
Two tall men in uniform
Come to say her husband’s gone

And he left behind a grieving mom and father
And a thoughtful handsome brother
And a darlin baby boy who
Will be raised by his mother

You may ask why we even fight at all
Kill our boys and don’t look back
Some say the answer’s deep in the earth
Some say it’s color’s black

Some say we fight, yeah to bring democracy
Spread peace throughout the land
But bringin peace with guns is something
I will never understand

There’s a cold wind blowin from the East
And it blew right through my town
And it blew the worst news
That I have ever found
Track Name: June Apple
Wish I was a June Apple hangin' in a tree
Every time my true love pass take a bite of me

Train on the island here that whistle blow
Thought I heard some true love say "Yonder comes my beau."