A Partial Set List for Friday Night at Viable Paradise

As reconstructed from my computer, which Leigh and Casey were using to look up lyrics. So there might be some mistakes.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Steve with a Hat on guitar and banjo. Theresa Nielsen Hayden, Casey Blair, Leigh Butler and Kevin Riggle on vocals.

I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll, Gillian Welch

I Feel So Good, Richard Thompson

Althea, Grateful Dead

Chain Lightening Steely Dan??? Or something with lightening in it?

All That Way, Oysterband

Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep by Bruce Springsteen Slave spiritual, author unknown

Down Where The Drunkards Roll, Maura O’connell Richard Thompson

Look at Miss Ohio, Miranda Lambert Gillian Welch

Don’t Drive to Atlanta

Dream Cafe, Greg Brown

Lawyers, Guns and Money, Warren Zevon

The Other Shore, Luther Barnes Austin Lounge Lizards

On the Other Shore, Austin Lounge Lizards

Old Blevins, Austin Lounge Lizards

I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Richard and Linda Thompson

The Wild Rover, Steve in a Hat

Over You For Now, Whisperado

When I Was a Boy, Dar Williams possibly: Read About Love, Richard Thompson 

Feel free to add anything else you remember in the comments.


4 thoughts on “A Partial Set List for Friday Night at Viable Paradise

  1. Gosh. A few notes:

    “Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep” is an old slave spiritual, author unknown. Bruce Springsteen has covered it, but (at least among modern white performers) it’s most associated with Pete Seeger.

    I’m pretty sure we didn’t do any part of the Luthor Barnes version of “The Other Shore.” That was 100% the Austin Lounge Lizards’ version.

    “Down Where the Drunkards Roll” is by Richard Thompson.

    “Look at Miss Ohio” is by Gillian Welch. I suspect the listing of something called “Don’t Drive To Atlanta” comes from the lyric in this song that goes “Gonna drive to Atlanta / live out this fantasy”.

    I don’t remember either of us doing anything by Steely Dan, or Dar Williams’s “When I Was a Boy.” Maybe the latter was Richard Thompson’s “Read About Love”?

    Finally, Steve Brust’s pastiche of the traditional song “Wild Rover” — done to various blues licks, most notably Muddy Waters’ famous refrain in “Mannish Boy” — is original to Steve, as far as I know.

    • Nicole Lisa says:

      To be edited accordingly, very soon. Thanks, Patrick! Although I thought “When I was a Boy” was in response to someone’s request for something girly. Unless that was a different night?

      I wasn’t familiar with most of the songs, so it’s great to get your corrections.

  2. Casey says:

    I think we did this “When I Was a Boy”: http://www.stevemacdonald.org/lyrics/wiwab.html

    Do you remember if “Mail Sortin’ Man” a different night, or if we just couldn’t search for the lyrics fast enough?

    Thanks for getting this list together!

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