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Sing For Gene Shay

by Friends Of Gene

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From his friends and fans across the Philadelphia folk music community, a tribute to our great friend and champion of folk music, the legendary Gene Shay.


There's a voice coming through on my old radio
Well it's warm and it's kind, and it feels just like home
It's the voice of a man with a deep history
A great sense of humor and a spirit so free

He's been down on the farm and up on the stage
A friend for so long, never showing his age
Now the years have gone by, but the music's the same
And we'll be missing that voice on the radio waves

Hey, hey, did you hear the one
About the folk singer who had just begun?
He was down on his luck, with no place to play
Til somebody said, "Go sing for Gene Shay"

He'd sit and he's listen to anyone's song
Pick out the best, tell you where you went wrong
Maybe tell you some things that you don't want to hear
Trust in his wisdom and great set of ears

He's talked to the heroes of folk music past
He's got so many stories, so many laughs
And he's always got time for the new blood comin' in
He tells the same stories and makes them his friends

So with the wind at your back and the road up ahead
The future wide open and the songs in your head
You can sit back, relax in the Dulcimer Grove
You'll open your heart to the people you know

You'll open your heart to the people you know


released January 29, 2015
Lyrics © 2015 Favorite Redhead Music (BMI)
Recording © 2015 Turtle Studios, all rights reserved
Photo © 2014 Lisa Schaffer Photography, used with permission

words by Ben Arnold and Ernie Tokay
(verse 3 by Eric Hurlock and Heather Hurlock)
music by Ernie Tokay, Dom Flemons, Phil D'Agostino and Daniel S. Bower

Ben Arnold - vocals, piano
Raphael Cutrufello - vocals
Lizanne Knott - vocals
Ross Bellenoit - acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar
Eric Hurlock - vocals, acoustic guitar
Heather Hurlock - vocals
Autumn Walden - vocals
Ernie Tokay - vocals
Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner - acoustic dobro
Rob Shaffer and Stacy Weathers - banjo
Phil D'Agostino - bass guitar
Daniel S. Bower - drums, vocals
Fred Berman - drums, percussion

camp choir: Jim Brann, Ray Duffy, Lisa Watson Gall, Michael Gall, Meaghan Kyle, Jess McDowell and Rosaleen McGill, with Miles Thompson (vocals, acoustic guitar)
fiddle brigade: Billy Dominick, Rosie McNamara Jones, Sarah Larsen

Produced by Jay Levin and Ernie Tokay
Mixed by Jeff Hiatt
Recorded by Rob Shaffer, Ernie Tokay, Jeff Hiatt, Jay Levin and Glenn Barratt
Mastered by Rob Shaffer
Recorded at Little Spiders Have Big Dreams, Morning Star and Turtle Studios
Mixed and mastered at Turtle Studios


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