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Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child

  • 1. Grassy Grass Grass (Grow, Grow, Grow)
    2. Swimmy Swim
    3. Little Sugar (Little Saka Sugar)
    4. Rattle My Rattle
    5. I Want My Milk (I Want It Now)
    6. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    7. One Day Old
    8. Wash-Y Wash Wash (Warshy Little Tootsy)
    9. I'll Eat You, I'll Drink You
    10. Make a Blobble
    11. Who's My Pretty Baby (Hey Pretty Baby)
    12. I'll Write and I'll Draw
    13. Why, Oh Why
    14. Pick It Up
    15. Pretty and Shiny-O
    16. Needle Sing
    17. Bling Blang
    18. Goodnight Little Arlo (Goodnight Little Darlin')
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45035

  • Credits
    EngineerMoses Asch

    Producer: Moses Asch.
    Reissue producers: Anthony Seeger, Matt Walters.
    Originally released on Folkways (7015) in 1956 and (7016) in 1985.
    Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt (Ocean View Digital, West Los Angeles, California).
    Personnel: Woody Guthrie (vocals, guitar).
    Audio Remasterer: Joe Gastwirt.
    Woody Guthrie wrote more songs in his lifetime than most people ever sing. Fortunately, he also found time to turn his attentions towards writing songs especially for parents and children. The lovely thing about these nursery-rhyme-like songs is that they display a refreshing lack of sentimentality, abounding instead with a sense of "let's get loose" fun.
    Guthrie clearly understands the special relationship between parent and child. He always keeps the emotional tone honest and in the moment. These songs are never heavy, but the power of these miniatures is far from lightweight. Guthrie accompanies himself on acoustic guitar or, as on the slyly philosophical opener ("Grassy Grass Grass"), with drums on the tabletop. The feeling of spontaneity and exuberance in these stripped-down performances exemplifies the folk stance that not only "anyone can sing" but "everyone should sing."

  • Critic Reviews
    Musician (7/93, p.93) - "...In this era of Songs R Us, as Raffi wannabes multiply like cells of a virus, it's heartening to discover that Woody Guthrie was making tunes for tots earlier, funnier and better..."
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