Posts Tagged ‘Whitman’

Seven of Spades: O Captain

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The Seven of Spades is a song I wrote to a poem by Walt Whitman. A collection called "Leaves of Grass" contains this poem. It's a bit like what Billy Bragg and Wilco did to Woody Guthrie lyrics except that this poem was published and wasn't intended to be lyrics (as far as I know).

I did this at home with the acoustic guitar.

Six of Spades: The Sun Rises, But Shines Not

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

"The sun rises, but shines not," is a quote from Walt Whitman about a certain battle early in the Civil War. The Union lost this one and it set everybody in Washington in a pretty bad mood. This was Whitman's assessment of the morning that followed the battle. Because the battle was so close to Washington, civilians, including Congressmen and their families had picnics on a bluff from which they could see the battle in action in the distance. As the Union Army retreated they panicked and the streets back to Washington were clogged with soldiers and the spectators alike.

President Lincoln told General McDowell before the battle that "You are green, it is true, but they are green also; you are all green alike." I used part of this quote in the song as well.

This is the second song that I have used eight tracks of vocals (5 and 3). It's definitely "something."