The opening and title track of a very beautiful compilation of recordings by different people of unheard Karen Dalton-penned songs, released in May this year on Tompkins Square Records. You can find it HERE.
And here are the lyrics and chords, handwritten by Karen. Karen’s melodies for the songs were not included, which is why this is more a record of collaborative compositions than straight covers. And it’s fascinating for that – you can certainly hear the debt all the participants owe her in their own work.
My mind is fading, my body grows weak
Lips won’t form the words I speak…
Singer, 12-string guitarist, and banjo player of the New York 1960s folk revival, Karen Dalton is not widely known, despite counting the likes of Bob Dylan and Fred Neil among her acquaintances. She recorded only a few albums.
Karen Dalton makes everything feel right… Summerville, Colorado, 1970. From Karen Dalton’s “Cotton Eyed Joe” double CD & DVD U.S. release on Delmore Recordings.
There’s a really interesting discussion thread about the origins of this song HERE.
Karen covering Fred Neil’s classic – from an album of a friend’s reel-to-reel recordings of her rehearsing in her living room, entitled1966, which was released in 2012.
Record Label: Delmore Recording Society
Karen Dalton: Voice; 12-String Guitar
Richard Tucker: Guitar
Download the whole album HERE.