When We Make it Through

When We Make it Through

Barbara Dane PAR01046

Folksinger and political activist Barbara Dane pays tribute to working class men and women in this collection of both original and cover recordings. Dane, once described by jazz critic Leonard Feather as “Bessie Smith in stereo,” sings original songs like “Working Class Woman” and “In the Earth, in the Grasses” and covers the Depression-era classic “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” and James Taylor’s “Millworker.” Her son Pablo Menendez is featured prominently throughout, playing a multitude of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, harmonica, mandolin, percussion, and synthesizer. Dane provides a written introduction followed by background information and complete musician credits for all tracks.

Year Released 1982
Record Label Paredon Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1982 Paredon Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Subject(s) Folksong revival; Political ballads and songs; Protest songs; Topical songs

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101 Working Class Woman Barbara Dane 5:42
102 Millworker Barbara Dane 3:25
103 Factory Girl Barbara Dane 2:54
104 Truck-Driving Woman Barbara Dane 5:04
105 In the Earth, In the Grasses Barbara Dane 4:30
201 Unemployment Compensation Blues Barbara Dane 3:09
202 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Barbara Dane 2:58
203 You Will Be Paid Barbara Dane 3:09
204 Song to a Child Barbara Dane 4:03
205 When We Make it Through Barbara Dane 5:33
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