Dorin and Dunn - Loveless/Antoinette Discography
A glance at the folk songs and ballads of The Wild Wild West.

The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth
BRING A LITTLE WATER SYLVIE
Composed and recorded by the legendary black American folk singer Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter (1885?-1949). Lead Belly was born and raised on a Louisiana plantation and eventually moved to Texas. The song evolved from recollections of his uncle Bob hollering to his aunt Sylvie for water while plowing the field in the heat of summer.

Many variants have been added by others, including Harry Belafonte's 1955 recording that includes "She brought me... coffee... tea... but she didn't bring the jailhouse key."

Lead Belly's recording of Sylvie (wav 320KB)

Bring a little water Sylvie
Bring a little water now
Bring a little water Sylvie
Every little once in a while

Don't you hear me calling?
Don't you hear me now?
Don't you hear me calling?
Every little once in a while

Don't you see me coming?
Don't you see me now?
Don't you see me coming?
Every little once in a while

Bring a little water Sylvie
Bring a little water now
Bring a little water Sylvie
Every little once in a while


The Night of the Raven
JOHN B. SAILS
This traditional folk tune was included in Carl Sandburg's collection of 280 folk songs published in his book "The American Songbag" (1927). The Weavers adapted and arraigned the song found in the book and first recorded it as "The Wreck of the 'John B'."  The Beach Boys further tweaked it and changed the title to "Sloop John B" in 1966 that was included in their "Pet Sounds" album. It climbed to #3 in the charts.

Dorin & Dunn's duet (wav 370KB) from TNOT Raven

We come on the sloop John B
My grandfather and me
Around Nassau town we did roam
Drinking all night
Got into a fight
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, I wanna go home,
Well I feel so broke up
I wanna go home

The first mate he got drunk
And broke in the Captain's trunk
The constable had to come and take him away
Sheriff John Stone
Why don't you leave me alone, leave me alone
Well I feel so broke up I wanna go home

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home
(Hoist up the John B's sail)
Hoist up the John B
I feel so broke up I wanna go home
Let me go home

The poor cook he caught the fits
And threw away all my grits
And then he took and he ate up all of my corn
Let me go home
Why don't they let me go home
This is the worst trip I've ever been on

So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I wanna go home, let me go home
Why don't you let me go home


The Night of the Whirring Death; also the tune whistled by the night policeman at the beginning of The Night the Wizard Shook the Earth.
ON TOP OF OLD SMOKY
Composer, writer, and date unknown. The Smoky Mountains National Park region stretches from Tennessee to North Carolina. First known recordings were by The Weavers in 1949 and Burl Ives in '51.

Dorin & Dunn duet (wav 360KB) from TNOT Whirring Death

On top of Old Smoky
All covered with snow
I lost my true lover
For a courting too slow.

For courting is a pleasure
And parting is grief
And a false hearted lover
Is worse than a thief.

A thief will just rob you
And take all you have
But a false hearted lover
Will lead you to the grave.

The grave will decay you
And turn you to dust
Not one boy in a hundred
A poor girl can trust.

They'll hug you and kiss you
And tell you more lies
Than cross-ties on a railroad
Or stars in the sky.
So come all young maidens
And listen to me
Never place your affections
On a green willow tree.

The roots they will wither
The leaves they will die
You'll all be forsaken
And never know why.


A song Miss Kitten Twitty was singing in The Night of the Murderous Spring.
I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE RAILROAD
Date and origins of the song unknown. Some suggest it began as a Louisiana based African-American song while others believe it originated from the Irish work gang settlers in the west. The 3rd and 4th verses were not found in the early versions.

I've been working on the railroad
All the livelong day
I've been working on the railroad
Just to pass the time away

Can't you hear the whistle blowing
Rise up so early in the morn
Can't you hear the captain shouting
Dinah, blow your horn

Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow your horn
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow
Dinah, won't you blow your horn

Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Someone's in the kitchen I know
Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo, and singing

Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Strumming on the old banjo

The Night of the Green Terror
HO, YOUNG RIDER
Perhaps no other folk tune has more songbook spellings for a lyric than this song's chorus phrase "Dusa Moja." After reading conflicting explanations to its origin and meaning, we contacted Kathy Reid-Naiman, a music teacher and folk song specialist with Merriweather Records. She cites that Dusa Moja is Serbo-Croatian for "Joy of my Soul" or translated "my soul." Author, date, and origin of song is unknown.

Dorin & Dunn's duet (wav 350KB) from TNOT Green Terror 

Ho, young rider, apple-cheeked one
Whither riding?
On your steed so fine and prancing
Whither riding? What matters where I ride?
Slovak mountains are my pride
Dusa moja, dusa moja

Ho young rider, apple cheek one
Whither riding?
On your steed, so black and handsome.
Whither riding? What matters where I ride?
Slovak mountains are my pride.
Dusa moja, dusa moja. Hey!


The Night Terror Stalked the Town; The Night of the Green Terror
I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING
Traditional Scottish ballad. History of the song is unknown. While it might have been a popular tune in the late 1800s, origins of a number of traditional Celtic songs can be traced to the Renaissance period and beyond.

Antoinette singing (wav 370) solo to Jim & Artie in The Night of the Green Terror
Dorin & Dunn's duet (wav 290KB) in The Night Terror Stalked the Town  

I know where I'm going,
And I know who's going with me.
I know who I love,
And my dear knows who I'll marry.

I have stockings of silk,
And shoes of bright green leather,
Combs to buckle my hair,
And a ring for every finger.

O' feather beds are soft,
And painted rooms are bonnie,
But I would give them all,
For my handsome winsome Johnny.

Some say that he's poor,
But I say that he's bonnie,
Fairest of them all,
Is my handsome, winsome, Johnny.


The Night of the Murderous Spring
BRAHMS LULLABY (Cradle Song)
Written and Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), a native of Hamburg, Germany. His father was a starving musician who struggled to provide for his family. Johannes' arrangement of the Cradle Song was part of a set of works "Five Songs, Opus 49" he composed in 1868. In addition to his lullaby, Brahms wrote four extensive symphonies (and overtures) as well as Hungarian Dances, sonatas, and piano/violin concertos. Though highly self-critical of his work, he was already considered a legendary composer by the time of his death.

Dorin & Dunn's duet (wav 240KB) from TNOT Murderous Spring   

Lullaby, and good night,
With pink roses bedight,
With lilies o'erspread,
Is my baby's sweet head.
Lay you down now, and rest,
May your slumber be blessed!
Lay you down now, and rest,
May thy slumber be blessed!

Lullaby, and good night,
You're your mother's delight,
Shining angels beside
My darling abide.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.

Sleepyhead, close your eyes.
Mother's right here beside you.
I'll protect you from harm,
You will wake in my arms.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.

Lullaby, and sleep tight.
Hush! My darling is sleeping,
On his sheets white as cream,
With his head full of dreams.
When the sky's bright with dawn,
He will wake in the morning.
When noontide warms the world,
He will frolic in the sun.


Song the Angel of Charity's Pricilla Ames and the children sang at the beginning of The Night of the Whirring Death. The episode was set in San Francisco in 1874.
THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE
Cyberhymnal.org
credits Edwin S. Ufford for the lyrics and music in 1888, and arranged by George C. Stebbins in 1890. Song was inspired after seeing a life saving drill at Point Allerton near Boston, Mass. Ufford is also credited for the hymn "I Believe the Bible."

Throw out the life line across the dark wave
There is a brother whom someone should save
Somebody’s brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?

Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is drifting away
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.

Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! away, then away!

Throw out the life line to danger fraught men
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow

Soon will the season of rescue be o’er
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore
Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay
But throw out the life line and save them today

This is the life line, oh, tempest tossed men
Baffled by waves of temptation and sin
Wild winds of passion, your strength cannot brave
But Jesus is mighty, and Jesus can save.

Jesus is able! To you who are driv’n
Farther and farther from God and from Heav’n
Helpless and hopeless, o’erwhelmed by the wave
We throw out the life line, ’tis “Jesus can save.

This is the life line, oh, grasp it today!
See, you are recklessly drifting away
Voices in warning, shout over the wave
O grasp the strong life line, for Jesus can save.


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