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Eastmountainsouth — The Ballad Of Young Alban and Amandy
Album: Eastmountainsouth
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
The sun had gone down
Oer the hills in the west
Its last beam had faded
Oer the mountain crest
Amandy was there.. friendless and forlorn
With her face bathed in blood and her garments all torn
Oh, amandy
Oh, amandy
The campfires were kindled
Each warrior was there and amandy was bound
Her white bosom bare
It was vengeance that she counted in the eyes of her foe
And sighed for the time
When her suffering might close
Oh, amandy... oh, amandy
Oh, amandy yeah yeah...
Oh, amandy...
Young alban their leader
Suddenly appeared
With an eye like an eagle
And a step like a deer
He said, "brothers, if your victim be burned by a tree
Young alban the leader
Your victim shall be
Oh, amandy
Oh, amandy
The next morning was a vision of red, white and blue
Gliding oer the waters
In a light, bark canoe
Like a wild dove sails over the tide
Young alban and amandy together did ride
Young alban and amandy together did ride
Oh, ride on
Oh, amandy
Oh, amandy
Yeah...
Oh, amandy
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Rating for me 6     To low
Oh It looks like Fleetwood Mac!!
 ziggytrix wrote:
Is it? I can't for the life of me figure the meaning. It seems like Alban is the leader of a group that wants to do violent things to Amandy, but then he decides he to offer himself to the group in her place? But then Alban and Amandy ride off together? It's very vague. I can think of many (some contradictory) interpretations, but none of them seem particularly more appropriate than the others.
 
It's an old folk song - apparently Alban was a leader of a Native American (fka "Indian") tribe and Amandy was a white girl who was kidnapped by the tribe.
 hencini wrote:
Hmm... A song about Stockholm Syndrome if ever there was one.  Or perhaps just good old-fashioned human trafficking.  Since we don't really get Amandy's version of events, it's hard to say... 

 
Is it? I can't for the life of me figure the meaning. It seems like Alban is the leader of a group that wants to do violent things to Amandy, but then he decides he to offer himself to the group in her place? But then Alban and Amandy ride off together? It's very vague. I can think of many (some contradictory) interpretations, but none of them seem particularly more appropriate than the others.
 passsion8 wrote:
4 in a row today! Goldfrapp, Poe, Autamata and now this. Way to segue! Love it. Love it. Love it.

 
On advantage of having a real DJ at the helm. Wait, no, wouldn't they call it "curated" music these days? Whatever... Bill definitely has a knack for this.
 Everyone in my arche noah loves Litarotica.
And again today! Scanning old photos from the 70's and 80's and have the volume at 11. England win the Ashes and RP lay great music, what more could I ask for. And now Graham Parker!
 passsion8 wrote:
4 in a row today! Goldfrapp, Poe, Autamata and now this. Way to segue! Love it. Love it. Love it.

 
Deja Vu!
4 in a row today! Goldfrapp, Poe, Autamata and now this. Way to segue! Love it. Love it. Love it.
Hmm... A song about Stockholm Syndrome if ever there was one.  Or perhaps just good old-fashioned human trafficking.  Since we don't really get Amandy's version of events, it's hard to say... 
I really miss this band.   Peter Bradley Adams solo stuff is fine, but it does not have the sublime, penetrating, longevity that this duo had.
A defunct duo with one great album.
Nice ballad.
 rdo wrote:


They often begin with the letter A.  I vote for the song Allison Road, by the Gin Blossoms.  When that was out I was stalking this waitress named Allison at this bar in Chicago.  I'd go there just to flirt with her.  Unfortunately, her boyfriend was the manager of the joint.

 
Angie?
 lmic wrote:
Songs built around women's names bug me for some reason. "Jennifer Juniper" anyone?

The only ones that don't get my fur up are probably "Amie," "Allison" and "Sweet Melissa."
 

They often begin with the letter A.  I vote for the song Allison Road, by the Gin Blossoms.  When that was out I was stalking this waitress named Allison at this bar in Chicago.  I'd go there just to flirt with her.  Unfortunately, her boyfriend was the manager of the joint.
Excellent album and band. Saw them open for Lucinda Williams about ten years ago.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Something broken at the station? That's THREE sucko-barfos in a row. After Sly, no less. Fix this immediately! This doodoo is unlistenable.
 
mod
There are a thousand times a thousand times a thousand ways and more to view and enjoy music... If you don't like the playlist right now, then change the channel for a while.

Me...I like it JUST FINE!!!
 


  misterbearbaby wrote:
Something broken at the station? That's THREE sucko-barfos in a row. After Sly, no less. Fix this immediately! This doodoo is unlistenable.
 

 misterbearbaby wrote:
Something broken at the station? That's THREE sucko-barfos in a row. After Sly, no less. Fix this immediately! This doodoo is unlistenable.
 
Doo Doo Doo, Daa Daa Daa Daa is all I want to say to you.... {#Wink}
Something broken at the station? That's THREE sucko-barfos in a row. After Sly, no less. Fix this immediately! This doodoo is unlistenable.
The last physical CD I bought to date. Pretty darn good in its entirety. Really carries the mood & tone throughout.

 Cynaera wrote:

{#Moon} In a nice way, of course. I really take offense when someone disses my Eastmountainsouth.

 
I'll just dust off the Pentangle albums and send some lyrics your way.

I just discovered that the version of this song that I have on my MP3 player is a live, acoustic version - MUCH more powerful than the album version.

 mandolin wrote:
...yeah, but then she kissed him and stopped him from shaving, then he pissed her away...
 

{#Lol}
A "4" if there ever was one. Acceptable; no more, no less.
Que Steven Segal walking out of the mist looking very serious and yet mysterious.

 lemmoth wrote:
Prefer Northpromontorywest myself
  And now that I've found my long-lost sense of humor, {#Roflol}  Thanks, lemmoth. {#Hug}


 lemmoth wrote:
Prefer Northpromontorywest myself
 
{#Moon} In a nice way, of course. I really take offense when someone disses my Eastmountainsouth.

Prefer Northpromontorywest myself

Such a lovely voice



I still love "You Dance" the best... Crossing my fingers that Bill will play it someday when I'm actually listening... {#Daisy}
I'm a sucker for harmonies like this; also when two voices are in "unison", but an octave apart, like on some parts of this song. Very cool.

 manzanitafire wrote:
Wish RP would play something else from this album
 
{#Curtain} ..... {#Shhh} .... hide it in any Bob Dylan collection and it will get more than enough play

 ndad47 wrote:
don't worry about amandy.  she drops the a from her name.  meets up with a guy named Barry manilow and lives happily ever after
 

...yeah, but then she kissed him and stopped him from shaving, then he pissed her away...
Feel free to go hit that "request this song" link from any of the other five tracks in the library.

Wish RP would play something else from this album
Well at least she didn't toss the baby off of the bridge into the Chattahoochie River or whatever the name of that bridge was.  Or did she?

 jjbix wrote:
< vocals/ harmony/ percussion/;> reminds me a little of fleetwood
 
Agreed.

kinda pretty and a little fleetwood macish.
 lmic wrote:
Songs built around women's names bug me for some reason. "Jennifer Juniper" anyone?

The only ones that don't get my fur up are probably "Amie," "Allison" and "Sweet Melissa."
 

Dude's name comes first in this song's title, dude.

Songs built around women's names bug me for some reason. "Jennifer Juniper" anyone?

The only ones that don't get my fur up are probably "Amie," "Allison" and "Sweet Melissa."

Isn't this a Barry Manilow song?



don't worry about amandy.  she drops the a from her name.  meets up with a guy named Barry manilow and lives happily ever after
 Imkirok wrote:
Anyone know if/when these guys are going to put out another album?
 
They broke up. But the male half of the group, Peter Bradley Adams, apparently has a new record out.
Anyone know if/when these guys are going to put out another album?

Beastie wrote:
Subdued power in tones and lyrics. Vocals to kill, also.

i kind of agree. normally this isn't my cup of tea. but today i'm finding i am enjoying this very much.

EssexTex wrote:
"Oh Mandy!"...prefer the original
What, the Barry Manilow number? ;-)
Really nice transition from The Chieftains. Nice work Bill
< vocals/ harmony/ percussion/;> reminds me a little of fleetwood
Misterfixit wrote:
should of whacked both of them, flip a coin which one first
Ach, why spoil yer' day........... Nice song tho'!
"Oh Mandy!"...prefer the original
truk77 wrote:
this has kind of a low-key force to it. Nice.
well put. I like it too
Oh, you should have heard this band live (especially for "Hard Times")! :music:
jayladdin wrote:
Great song - great CD - excellently blended harmonies - similar to the Indigo Girls blend. My only complaint about the CD in general is that it's a tad overproduced. Overall, though, fantastic. Robbie Robertson "discovered" them...
And in keeping with the theme and the personnel, kindly play Long Black Veil by The Band.
drover wrote:
Reminds me of an Edie Brickell & New Bohemians lyric about a man who kills his friend after finding out his wife cheated with the friend. The ground was red The ground was white And blue was the color of the sky
should of whacked both of them, flip a coin which one first
This is so nice :dance: It's a shame there's no more :sad:
skdenfeld wrote:
I'm liking this folkin' groove!
Yes. Albany sounds like oh mandy...
I'm liking this folkin' groove!
keller1 wrote:
Too bad this group packed it in --- this CD is really good.
Yep, they were great!! I picked up his solo album and it is totally lacking without her. KAC
Too bad this group packed it in --- this CD is really good.
I like this song and the album, which I first heard on RP. So thanks Bill.
This really isn't that great.
amandy wrote:
amandy - great name
It's just "Amanda" after the sixth beer.
Baby_M wrote:
Sad to say, eastmountainsouth is no longer in existence as a band. See here: https://www.katbode.com/news.html
:cry:
MCKY wrote:
Jeez-this song is basically a frank frazetta picture on the side of a van
Frank LIVES !!!!
Jeez-this song is basically a frank frazetta picture on the side of a van
trekhead wrote:
Anyone hear of work on more discs?
Sad to say, eastmountainsouth is no longer in existence as a band. See here: https://www.katbode.com/news.html
At first I thought this song was weird, but it grows on you.
Anyone hear of work on more discs? 9 strong.
Okay, so, I really do like mountain folk tunes like this but I really hate the new-agey Enya-esque background music a great deal. It doesn't fit, to me. And then the singer takes a bit of a Buckley-esque aria trip at the end that I can't appeciate either.
amandy - great name
Jonas_the_Bold wrote:
"The next morning was a vision.. of red, white and blue.. gliding over the water.. in a light bark canoe..." At first, I thought this lyric was something about the flag, which always seemed out of place for me. But if you think about it, and imagine the scene, she's wearing white clothing (a dress of some sort probably), with blood all over it, with blue sky and water. Also white clouds. The scene would be red, white and blue. Really beautiful imagery.
Reminds me of an Edie Brickell & New Bohemians lyric about a man who kills his friend after finding out his wife cheated with the friend. The ground was red The ground was white And blue was the color of the sky
marci28 wrote:
Amandy! You came and you gave without taking...and I sent you away!
....and that's the way I LIKE it! Bwa ha ha....
I like it. Wonder how long it will be before some RPer names a kid Alban or Amandy in honor. . . ?
Jonas_the_Bold wrote:
"The next morning was a vision.. of red, white and blue.. gliding over the water.. in a light bark canoe..." At first, I thought this lyric was something about the flag, which always seemed out of place for me. But if you think about it, and imagine the scene, she's wearing white clothing (a dress of some sort probably), with blood all over it, with blue sky and water. Also white clouds. The scene would be red, white and blue. Really beautiful imagery.
I never listened to the lyrics. Just enjoyed the melody and the groove. I may have to start paying attention! For the listener who spoke of the band's name. Taken from Brando's MC group in The Wild One-from around 1951--in case this hasn't already been mentioned...
Subdued power in tones and lyrics. Vocals to kill, also.
"The next morning was a vision.. of red, white and blue.. gliding over the water.. in a light bark canoe..." At first, I thought this lyric was something about the flag, which always seemed out of place for me. But if you think about it, and imagine the scene, she's wearing white clothing (a dress of some sort probably), with blood all over it, with blue sky and water. Also white clouds. The scene would be red, white and blue. Really beautiful imagery.
Huh, yeah, I kinda like this. For some reason, the name of the band did not lead me to expect much, but this has kind of a low-key force to it. Nice.
bluedot wrote:
this just makes me want to hear some sandy denny! rip sandy denny...the best british folk singer EVER! hey bill...how about "matty groves?"
--"Yes, yes, the very thing!" as the wards in Pirates of Penzance were wont to exclaim! (A day short of 1 year later, I like this group's haunting sound even better than before! Besides the brilliant instrumentation, it's the wonder of their vocal harmonization!!!) :heartkiss: :nodhead: :whisper: :hug:
Great song - great CD - excellently blended harmonies - similar to the Indigo Girls blend. My only complaint about the CD in general is that it's a tad overproduced. Overall, though, fantastic. Robbie Robertson "discovered" them...
this just makes me want to hear some sandy denny! RIP sandy denny...the best british folk singer EVER! hey bill...how about "matty groves?"
shari wrote:
Very nice - shades of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention! - Shari
I agree. When I first heard this I thought Sandy Denny immediately.
Another one of those bands I got turned onto on this station that I probably wouldn't have heard of otherwise. Excellent song, lovely CD. Thanx.
catmaven wrote:
WISH we could have the lyrics to THIS one! The Celtic sound is charming but I couldn't make out the words.
(click here) Is that a dulcimer in there? Dave
Hauntingly beautiful.
This whole CD is great. I bought it last weekend and I love it. :clap: This is still one of my favorite songs on the CD.
This sounds like the sort of thing I would not like. But I am kind of liking it.
WOW! Another great song from this band. I don't think I've heard a song of theirs yet that I haven't liked. I must buy the CD. My partner won a copy of this CD at the RP Spring Fling. The whole album is great. I was not disappointed in the least.
Beautiful... I LOVE this track!!! I bought the album based on what I've heard on RP and in spite of playing the album a LOT every track is still a gem and can listen to over and over again...
lobstergal7 wrote:
I purchased this CD this past-weekend after hearing one of their tracks on RP. Still enjoying it - although I think I will need to move to small doses at a time as the general mood instills inertia. Too many tracks in one sitting could be dangerous for productivity! :music:
i can understand this feeling. while i enjoy eastmountainsouth, their music sounds kinda the same after a while. it's nice to hear a sprinkle of them, rather than a long block of nothing but them, i'm sure. heh.
In an odd way, they really put me in mind of some of Pentangle's earlier works. The words may be ancient, but the flavouring is all modern.
WISH we could have the lyrics to THIS one! The Celtic sound is charming but I couldn't make out the words. Porcupinemeat, where are you now? :ask:
Antigone wrote:
From the AMG listing it would appear that there is only one cd to choose from, this one. I like this very much myself! :D
DOH! #-o Yeah, thanks very much! This does not sound like a first effort to me. Wonder what the second will be like.
I purchased this CD this past-weekend after hearing one of their tracks on RP. Still enjoying it - although I think I will need to move to small doses at a time as the general mood instills inertia. Too many tracks in one sitting could be dangerous for productivity! :music:
Mercifully short. I was just thinking that this needed to end and it did. Who could dispute thought that they know how to pick a catchy band name and Song title.
Sounds more like a celtic pop ripoff :(
Album notes say he didn't play, but I'd swear I hear Robbie Robertson on guitar (he executive produced). :guitarist: Nice rework of a traditional tune (that Barry Manilow had nothing to do with! :nyah: ). \:D/
Originally Posted by ANNE_MARIE: Really like this!Gotta have some...any suggestions on a starter CD? :clap:
From the AMG listing it would appear that there is only one cd to choose from, this one. I like this very much myself! :D
Very nice - shades of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention! - Shari
Really like this!Gotta have some...any suggestions on a starter CD? :clap:
Amandy! You came and you gave without taking...and I sent you away!
Very distinctive folk rock sound. Ozarks by way of North Africa ? Love it. :clap: :bounce: :clap: :bounce: :clap: