THE FABULOUS GATEWAY SINGERS
Down in the Valley
The recounting in song of a memorable day in the year 1900 when a huge tidal wave and hurricane hit the sea-coast town of Galveston, Texas. When the wind and water had gone, 4,000 dead testified to the tragedy.
A gentle and lovely calypso from the pen of Irving Burgie with all the flavor and sound of its name-sake in the West Indies.
APPLES, PEACHES AND CHERRIES
Her father was a fruit peddler. She was poor but beautiful. But our hero cares not a whit for the wide disparity in their social standing as he braves the rigors of the market place to win and wed his own true love. Author Lewis Allen humbly accepts accolades.
GO `WAY FROM MY WINDOW
As beautiful a melody as can be found in all folk music literature. There are, however, certain inevitable questions raised by the text. Why is the heroine returning the diamonds given her by her lover? And more important, where did he come by the money to buy the diamonds in the first place? Is there another woman? Ponderables of course. But one must not allow their gnawing presence to spoil the delicately etched story as it unfolds.
GOIN' DOWN THE ROAD
From the Southwest comes this song of the wanderer, ever in search of the good life. Despite crumpling cloths and a lack of certainty concerning tomorrow's victuals there rings a fierce, if lightly humorous determination to find that place where the water tastes like wine.
Priviteers have cut an important and colorful track across the pages of navel history. These men were as much a legend in their own time as they are in ours, for one never knew until they were upon you whether they were acting as legitimate, war-time guerrillas, or if they were operating for "private gain." In this song it is due to the superior marksmanship of the British Navy that the pirates seem to have a questionable future.
DOWN IN THE VALLEY
A song filled with the loneliness of a country road at midnight or the sound of leather-heeled footsteps on a dark and deserted Manhattan sidewalk. Knowing no limits of class or wealth loneliness is the constant companion of some, the occasional companion of most. Sing this song softly, and perhaps the lonely lover who first fashioned it will come an inch closer to you.
WADE IN THE WATER
In the days of slavery before the Civil War the Negro spiritual was more than a song of faith and religion. More often than not, the words contained the best route and time for escape to the North and freedom. Footprints vanished at the river as did the scent for the bloodhounds so the song said, "Wade in the water . . "
TIMES ARE GETTING HARD
When the job ran out or the land blew dry, many a man packed his family and what he owned and moved. In the thirties, just after the great depression, hundreds of families lived where and how they could, always looking for that hunk of sunshine that might be theirs.
SHAME AND SCANDAL
Two brothers and the beautiful wife of the eldest are the leading figures in this swinging, slapstick calypso drama from the West Indies. Tragedy is averted by the young nurse whose competence medically and amorously can scarcely be questioned. Wife and brothers all receive prescriptions for what ails them.
DOWN IN THE MINES
Merle Travis was born a miner's son. His song of coal-dust and darkness shows no pretty side to life in the mines for indeed, there was none. Since unions came to the mine-fields conditions have improved, but death and danger still walk with the miner like his buddy and his lunch-pail.
ASHORE IN RIO
Irving Burgie rewrote an old song, “Johnny Come Down To Hilo,” and it explodes as joy-filled and boisterous as a sailor on shore-leave. The threat to womanly virtue when the fleet arrives at any given port is well-known and hardly needs restating here.
Mighty Day (212)
Kingston Market (2:31
Apples, Peaches and Cherries (3:30)
Go `way From My Window (2:12
Goin' Down The Road (1:59)
High Barbare (3:16)
Down in the Valley (3:27)
Wade in the Water (2:57)
Times Are Getting Hard (3:50)
Shame and Scandal (3:10)
Down in the Mines (3:49)
Ashore in Rio (2:22)
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