DINK'S SONG

Latest update on 10/03/2014

Artist: Dink
Author: traditional
Year: 1904

One of father John A. Lomax' earliest recordings (with an Edison cylinder machine), but lost. Dink was a black beautiful woman, imported from Memphis to the levee camps of the Brazos River bottomlands in Texas to keep black levee workers out of the local pubs. At first she didn't like this white man's strange proposal, but a bottle of gin loosened her up. Cut while she kept washing her husband's clothes. Stunned, Lomax forgot to ask her for the title. Published in 1934 in American Ballads and Folk Songs.

Covers:

1942:

Libby Holman [as Fare Thee Well with Josh White on guitar for Decca; crediting Alston, which cannot be right: that's the author of another Fare Thee Well Honey Fare Thee Well by Georgia White from 1937]

1944:

Josh White [idem]

1950s:

Carl Sandburg [in his song collection The American Songbag]

1952:

Burl Ives [as Fare Thee Well O Honey and in '55 as Sad Man's Song]

1954:

Cisco Houston

1957:

Guy Carawan

1958:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

1959:

Pete Seeger

1959:

Leon Bibb

1961:

Dave Van Ronk [inspired Dylan; as a single in '67]

1961:

Bob Dylan [Minnesota Hotel Tape and also on No Direction Home (Bootleg Series Vol. 7); like father Lomax he always told he learned this song from a woman named Dink]

1961:

Carolyn Hester [idem]

1961:

Judi Resnick

1961:

Jack McDuff [and in '63 as Dink's Blues]

1963:

Big 3 [with Tim Rose and Mama Cass, pre Mamas And Papas as Nora's Dove (Dink's Song)]

1963:

Limeliters

1964:

Bob Gibson [as Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)]

1964:

Tom Paxton [as Fare Thee Well, Cisco]

1966:

Fred Neil

1967:

Dave Van Ronk & The Hudson Dusters

1978:

Magna Carta

1993:

Jeff Buckley [live at Sin-é]

1999:

Odetta & Dr. John

2001:

Roger McGuinn [with Pete Seeger and Josh White Jr.]

2004:

Neil Kavanagh

2004:

Joan Baez [also cut a live version with Dylan during the second Rolling Thunder Revue ('76)]

2007:

Gabriel Rios

2013:

Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford [in film Inside Llewyn Davis]

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