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Starlight on the Rails: A Songbook

by Utah Phillips

The definitive, newly released 4-CD set of 61 original songs (each accompanied by a descriptive story) sung mostly by Utah, with certain songs by special guests Rosalie Sorrels, Kate Wolf, Kate Brislin & Jody Stecher, Mark Ross, Kendall Morse, Kuddie, and
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1. The Telling Takes Me Home
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2. Yuba City
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3. All Used Up
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2:35 album only
4. Frisco Road
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1:47 album only
5. Queen Of The Rails
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6. Wabash Cannonball/tolono
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7. Weepy Doesn't Know
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8. Funeral Train
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9. Green Rolling Hills Of West Virginia
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10. Phoebe Snow
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11. He Comes Like Rain
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12. The Solider's Return
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13. Touch Me
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14. If I Could Be The Rain
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15. Starlight On The Rails
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16. Talking Npr Blues
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17. John D. Lee
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18. Dancers
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19. Dog Canyon
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20. Look For Me In Butte
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21. Goodnight-loving Trail
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22. Daddy, What's A Train?
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23. Fly Away
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24. Kid's Liberation
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25. Sing In The Spring
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26. Eddie's Song
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27. Shadow Maker
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28. She'll Never Be Mine
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29. Hood River, Roll On
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30. Stupid's Song
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31. Nevada Jane
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32. Collie Wilkins (kate Brislin & Jody Stecher)
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33. Golden Mansions (kate Brislin & Jody Stecher)
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34. A Ragged Old Man (kate Brislin & Jody Stecher)
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35. Orphan Train (kate Brislin & Jody Stecher)
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36. The Miner's Lullaby (kate Brislin & Jody Stecher)
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37. Wolverine 14 Talking Blues (rosalie Sorrels)
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38. I Think Of You (rosalie Sorrels)
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39. A Clearing In The Forest (rosalie Sorrels)
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40. Rock Salt & Nails (rosalie Sorrels)
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41. Twist And A Pound (mark Ross)
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42. Scott's Creek Bluff (kuddie)
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43. Ashes On The Sea (kendall Morse)
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44. The Faded Roses Of December (finest Kind)
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45. Aces, Straights, & Flushes (kate Wolf)
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46. Going Away
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47. Old Buddy, Goodnight
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48. Jesse's Corrido
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49. Pig Hollow
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50. Enola Gay
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51. Larimer Street
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52. Walking Through Your Town In The Snow
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53. Room For The Poor
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54. Trooper's Lament
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55. I Will Not Obey
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56. Ain't It Fine
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57. Killing Ground
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58. Judas Ram
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59. Yellow Ribbon
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60. Rice & Beans
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61. Hymn Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Utah Phillips has crafted a fascinating show out of his life. In the course of seventy years he has labored as a dishwasher, archivist, printer, and warehouseman; soldiered in the Korean War; lived as a tramp (he is still a Grand Duke of Hoboes), and for the past 36 years made his way telling stories and singing songs. He has the wit, humor, bite, and intelligence of a Mark Twain or a Will Rogers, and behind his "Everyman" appearance is a consummate artist. Peppered with one-liners and offhand philosophical commentary, Utah's revealing stories, about such spirited American characters as Charley Goodnight, Mother Jones, and Idaho Blackie, tell our true history and connect us to American traditions that are genuinely ours.
Utah Phillips is described as "a national treasure, a writer of haunting songs, a storyteller of hilarious presence and subtle depth, a union organizer, historian and scholar, a Celtic-Yiddish bard, a Pleistocene bon vivant, a post-modern ne'er-do-well, and a heck of an engineer." A 40-year member of the Industrial Workers of the World, he is the most entertaining labor troubadour of our time, leading his audience on an emotional rollercoaster with side-splitting storytelling and fire-breathing working class songs. According to one reviewer, "Phillips exemplifies some of the traits which Americans most value: an open and inquisitive mind, a daring heart, and a sharp but humorous tongue." The Boston Globe said, "Phillips above all is a consummate showman, a master of the theater...Phillips has a genius for making people laugh and care at the same time." He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the North American Folk Alliance, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Labor Heritage Foundation, and the Joe Hill Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation-AFL-CIO, among many others.


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Small Potatoes Music

great, Utah You are my elder Thank You
I like how Utah sets up each song before playing it. I enjoyed hearing other artist's performing some Utah favorites.Tell Mark Ross I'm looking for him in Butte, Mt.

Donald Albertson

Give me time and I might think of a title...
Utah wrote so many songs with memorable lines that there's no point in trying to list them all but there have always been a few that stuck with me. Things like "The backs of his hands were like road maps, the lines on his face were the same." and "We looked into the ash, helpless with longing, and rage." Even with some exposure to his songs, I wasn't prepared for the power and humor in some of the ones that are new to me and I certainly wasn't prepared for some of the anecdotes in his intros to these. Who would ever think of such a thing as a Truman Cactus and I don't think I'll ever get over his dismissal of how country music got mixed up with tin pan alley until they put out songs where
One side of a record would be
"I'm rough, I'm tough, I strut my stuff
Don't take no guff I drive a truck "
And the other side would say
"That little woman destroyed my life and
I'm gonna shoot her or me or drink myself..."

It was good to see Springsteen and Seeger leading the crowd in Woody's "This land is your land...". I wish that Utah could have been there to sing something. Odetta missed that too. More's the pity.

Sonya McKinery

Awesome!
We had a tape of Uath's music bought in'79 and it was lost a few years ago when we moved to Oregon from Pa. We are just tickled to now have this delightful CD playing again!

Peter Clark

The definitive collection of a great writer.
The idea of a sung song book is great. We knew some of thses songs from hearing them by Fred Holstein, Bonnie Koloc and others, including Utah, but it is a revelation hearing all of them, along with the stories behind them.

Cheryl Trudel

Im Going Away
This song has the rich, deep and passionate lyrical flare that Utah Phillips is so well known for--a tribute to American Folk music

Ben Atteberry

Rich in history
Utah Phillips tells his stories in the tradition of the travelling bards, using music and allegory. We have all suffered an inestimable loss with his passing.

David Payne

This one is a definete keeper!
Just recieved the discs and felt the need to say something. I first heard Utah through my love of Ani DiFranco's music. They've done two together. I finally broke down and bought this set. Fantastic stories and music. I am a musician myself and am always on the lookout for songs that i can relate to. Each of these is something that touches me in a special way. Utah is a true working class man. For those of us in the 'bluecollar' work force, this is a must have. A great many of these songs will find it's way into my current selections of songs that i perform.
To those that have never heard Utah, BUY THIS SET. I can't recommend it high enough. I am going to buy all of his other cds as well. Thanks CDBaby for making them available.

WD Arnold


What a wonderful album.

Mandie

Don't think twice! Buy today and enjoy it for years.
By the time I longed to hear the stories of my own grandparents' lives, it was too late. These might not be the exact tales of my ancestors, but they capture something bigger than the individual. This four CD set is a must have for anyone who knows that there is much to be gained from listening to one's elders. The music makes the stories easy to learn and remember, and Utah's explanations add even deeper meaning. Even if you already have some of the songs included in this set on other albums, this is more than worth your investment. You won't find history like this in your average textbook. I wish every school kid in America would listen to this songbook. Wonderfully performed and recorded by Utah and friends, Starlight on the Rails will be treasured for years. Don't hesitate to add it to your collection!

Martin Dworak

great piece of music and thoughts
It's a really wonderful CD and it's really cheering up to know that there are people all around the world who keep their eyes open and are not afraid to tell you about the things they see.
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