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The Bard of Muppet Swamp: A Second Collection of Waltzes

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Kermit the Frog  The Rainbow Connection  buy on itunes
Michael Hester  Lanette Waltz Caprice  buy on itunes
Edith Piaf  La Valse d'Amour  buy on itunes
The Desi Arnaz Orchestra  I Love Lucy  buy on itunes
Marty Robbins  Crying Steel Guitar Waltz  buy on itunes
Yann Tiersen  La Valse des vieux Os   buy on itunes
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band  Mr. Bojangles  buy on itunes
The Hee Haw Gang  Pfft! You Were Gone  buy on itunes
Kate & Anna McGarrigle  My Town   buy on itunes
Sinead O'Connor & Brian Kennedy  I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls  buy on itunes
Noirin ni Riain  Port na bPucai  buy on itunes
The Proclaimers  Sunshine on Leith   buy on itunes
Grease (Italian cast)  Guarda Qui, C'e Sandra Dee  buy on itunes
Audrey Hepburn  Moon River   buy on itunes
Bright Eyes (with Emmylou Harris)  We are Nowhere and it's Now  buy on itunes
Lesley Gore  Goodbye Tony  buy on itunes
Johnny Cash  The Streets of Laredo   buy on itunes
Vince Guaraldi Trio  The Great Pumpkin Waltz  buy on itunes
Elliot Smith  Waltz #1  buy on itunes
HAL  Daisy Bell  buy on itunes
Patty Duke  Please, Don't Just Stand There  buy on itunes
The Cranberries  Waltzing Back   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  America   buy on itunes
Dave Brubeck Group  I Feel Pretty  buy on itunes
Mireille Mathieu  La Derniere Valse  buy on itunes
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes  The Rainbow Connection  buy on itunes


The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Are of imagination all compact.

Yeah, that's what Kermit's on about: Shakespeare.

The second song was my grandfather's audition piece. It got him into the stage band of the 22nd Engineers and out of the range of Boche shells. It makes me existentially sentimental.

Hee Haw was an awful cracker variety show, back in broadcast days. Every week, they sang a new version of Pfft! You Were Gone with cute new lyrics for the guest star. And yes, you had to watch it: it was the Law.

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls is the song that Maria sings in James Joyce's Clay. And this one has the verse that Maria skips.
Port na bPucai means Lament of the Fairies and may be based on the songs of humpback whales, coming through the floor of a Blasket Islander's coracle.
Goodbye Tony is the German version of You Don't Own Me. Not entirely unlike Rita Pavone's Arrivederci, Hans.

And how far can one push eccentricity in the Internet Age? Well, we're finding that out, right now.


Date: 5/24/2005
This looks excellent..a mix cruelly ignored!
Date: 5/24/2005
Another chapbellian classic! (Dom's right.)
joey de vivre
Date: 6/21/2005
Some of the weirdest waltzes I've never heard!!! I would never have thought of "I Love Lucy" in this context, but I guess you're right . . .

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