When There's Good to Be Done
In a bright sunny Florida home,
Christy was on-line and she was there alone,
A Minnesota girl caught her eye,
Usually she'd scroll on by,
Sick kids were too sad,
Was it an angel, that said, "Don't pass?"
June On His Mind
JUNE ON HIS MIND
by Loretta Simonet © 2015
1. Len and June were sweethearts
In school they were as one,
They wanted so to marry,
But they knew they were too young.
So Leonard joined the Navy,
He quit school to fight at sea,
June waitressed after school, at the Cozy Tea.
He shipped out on the USS Reid,
In Philippines they guarded
The supply ships off the shore
He positioned a gun on portside
In the fighting from the start,
He kept his pocket Bible,
Buttoned near his heart.
Kamikazes in the sky,
Come to kill, come to die,
Bible in his pocket,
And June on his mind.
2. The Reid was the flagship,
Of the convoy on that day,
They headed down to Ormoc,
After they left Leyte Bay,
Len was on deck when he heard
“To your battle stations men,”
Then terrifying silence
In skies overhead.
Then a gunner’s mate said,
“I see them, twelve are there,”
Len pointed his gun at them,
The machine guns opened fire,
One roared so close off portside,
Len could almost touch the wing,
Bullets hailed down,
The world was deafening.
3. Len was almost knocked down,
A plane crashed on starboard,
One crashed the ammunition
His bomb blew the ship apart,
A great explosion, fire raged
The Reid rolled to starboard side,
She sank stern first,
In two minutes time.
Len reached for his life belt,
And jumped into the sea,
Bullets strafed the waters,
Of the warm Comotes Sea,
Above the planes were firing,
And then twenty feet away,
A man called out for help and
Sank beneath the waves.
4. The sailor’s head came up,
And Len swam right to him,
He held him above water,
And kept ahold of him,
A sailor came to help then,
And they treaded water for
The man they saved three thousand feet
Above the ocean floor.
They were all rescued,
In an hour maybe less,
A hundred and three men died,
Most all below the decks,
A hundred fifty-five survived,
And Len was one so blessed,
He married his dear June
What Each One Needs
On the Day They Said I Do
Where the North Wind Blows
Give Love a Chance
I Will Get Home
I WILL GET HOME
by Loretta Simonet © 2015
1. Ball turret gunner in a B-17,
Lester joined when he was nineteen.
Headed back to England on his tenth mission,
Germans hit their number four engine.
The fuel tank trailed flames thirty feet long
Great explosions rocked each man
The pilot turned the plane around,
Tryin’ to make it back to land.
2. Lester strapped on his parachute,
As the wintry North Sea they crossed,
When they saw the Denmark coast below,
They bailed out and the wing blew off.
Dozens of guns pointed at him,
As he landed hard in a field,
The beatings were brutal but all he would utter,
Was name, rank and serial number.
Lester do you think that you will
Live through World War Two,
Will you see peace again,
And Minnesota too?
Oh what mother and father are going through,
I will not lose hope,
I have to get back for them,
I will get home.
3. At Stalag Luft Six, Lester’s hunger pangs
Never went away.
Once a day he got watery soup,
A can of rotten fish some days.
The Russian troops were closing in,
So they jammed the men in boxcars,
Then four days crowded so tight in a coal ship,
They stood, no food, a sip of water.
4. At the next camp, Stalag Luft Four,
There was less food than before.
When the Russians got close again, the Germans evacuated,
Ten thousand men.
Lester marched out with five hundred of them,
So weak, that February day,
In bitter cold, with ragged clothes,
Bayonets pointed the way.
5. Week after week they staggered on,
They slept on frozen ground or in a barn,
Les had one thin blanket, holes in his shoes,
Like walking dead, they herded them along.
Some days they ate nothing, dysentery plagued them,
And when a man could not go on,
Lester heard the shot, it happened every day,
And the German Death March moved on.
6. The English Army freed them in May,
They had walked for 86 days,
Evading the Allies nearly 800
Miles the experts now say.
In 2012 Lester met the pilot
Of the plane that shot him down,
He said thank you for sparing us,
You let us bail out and make it to ground.
I did get home !
Willmar 8 (We Are All Equal You Know)
- Story Lyrics Lyrics to this CD
The stellar cast of characters includes a woman who …
Just My Heart
Somebody I Could Sue
Can You Take Me Home?
A Health to the Company
I Had But Fifty Cents
Voicemail from Luba
Angel of Bergen-Belsen
Tell Me Where Can I Go?
Harps in Heaven
Lutefisk for Supper
She Moved Through the Fair
Hard Times Come Again No More
Ain't No Bugs on Me
“Husband-and-wife team Curtis Teague and Loretta Simonet are living treasures of the Twin Cities folk scene, with a body of music rich in lovely harmonies and delicately wrought mandolin and harp. Though there’s plenty of traditional material on the duo’s new “Just My Heart For You,” it’s Simonet’s originals that are the real lifeblood.” .
...The Onion, Minneapolis
“For nearly 30 years and seven …
Do You Love An Apple?
Next Market Day
Brian Boru's March
We Be Soldiers Three
One Morning in May
Maid in Bedlam
Farewell to Talwaithe
Greenland Whale Fisheries
Star of the County Down
No, John, No
Black Velvet Band
Rosin the Bow
Lyrics to "Sit Down Beside Me" CD
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Half Empty/Half Full
Don't Keep a Sailor Away From the Sea
Don't Miss the Sights
The Cliffs of Moher
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
The Minstrel Boy
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
Lyrics to "Gone Forever" CD
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.............David Stafford, KKUP, San Jose
Curtis & Loretta’s CD, ‘Gone Forever,’ is.... “poignant and piercing.....”
...........Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“acoustic virtuosity on guitars, Celtic harp, & mandolin....”
...Tom Mobbs, Dirty Linen Magazine
“....their poignant lyrics make the traditional song forms hum. Simonet’s vocals are heartrendingly lovely, especially on the title cut of the couple’s latest album, ‘Gone Forever,’ which …
The House Carpenter
Uncle John is Sick Abed
The Jam on Gerry's Rocks
Sweet Betsy from Pike
When This Cruel War is Over
Lincoln and Liberty
My Darling Nelly Gray
Uncle Sam's Farm
The Farmer is the Man
The Maid of Prairie du Chien
Haul Away Joe
It's Where You Hang Your Hat
Bird On the Wire
Endless Love Song
Brand New Tradition
Dance in the Hallways
Elza and Branko (The Siege of Sarajevo)
Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
I Ain't Got No Home
What Is the Name of This Town?
The Old Stagecoach Robbery
Lyrics to "Hang Your Hat"
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The First Noel
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away in a Manger
What Child is This?
Up on the Housetop
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Christmas Tree
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Santa Claus is Comin\' to Town
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Curtis & Loretta have re-released this all Christmas recording, originally released as a cassette tape in 1991. It's been digitally re-mastered, and the music is as sweet and pure as ever!!
It was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs. The husband and wife couple's harmonies are extraordinary. Curtis adds mandocello, mandolin and guitar. Loretta plays folk harp, guitar, and mandolin. And on the lighter, Santa Claus songs, Loretta plays …