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The Helping Hand, by Edgar Lee Masters

Arranged by Mark Adams.

The Helping Hand, by Edgar Lee Masters

Mother, my head is bloody, my breast is red with scars.
Well, foolish son, I told you so, why went you to the wars?

Mother, my soul is crucified, my thirst is past belief.
How are you crucified, my son, betwixt a thief and thief?

Mother, I feel the terror and the loveliness of life.
Tell me of the children, son, and tell me of the wife.

Mother, your face is but a face among a million more.
You’re standing on the deck, my son, and looking at the shore.

I lean against the wall, mother, and struggle hard for breath.
You must have heard the step, my son, of the patrolman Death.

Mother, my soul is weary, where is the way to God?
Well, kiss the crucifix, my son, and pass beneath the rod.


The Ugly Mug — February 14, 2014

At The Ugly Mug

Performed with Katreen Fenton at her husband’s art showing at The Ugly Mug. Visit Joe Fenton on Facebook.

1. L.O.V.E. (Nat King Cole)
2. Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
3. All I want is You (U2)
4. Every Breath You Take (Sting)
5. Scarborough Fair, traditional arranged by Mark Adams
6. Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
7. Love Me Do (Beatles)
8. Ring of Fire (Cash)
9. With or Without You (U2)
10. I Need You
11. Brighter Than the Sun (Colbie C.)
12. Your Love Never Fails (Jesus Culture)

At the Ugly Mug art

At the Ugly Mug Joe Fenton


Peet’s Coffee & Tea — December 14, 2013

Set one:
1. 6 O’clock on a Lonely Shore
2. Scarborough Fair, arrangement
3. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Simon & Garfunkel)
4. I Hear the Stars Still Singing, by James Weldon Johnson
5. L’Envoi, by Edwin Arlington Robinson
6. Greensleeves arrangements:
— Heart of Gold (Greensleeves), arrangement
— What Child is This? (Greensleeves)
— Greensleeves, traditional
7. She’s Like the Wind
8. I Need You
9. Sympathy, by Paul Laurence Dunbar
10. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Dylan)
11. Folsom Prison Blues (Cash)

Set two:
1. Silent Night
2. Away in a Manger
3. Amazing Grace, arrangement
4. What is Love? (Dennis McGee)
5. Caesar’s Lament
6. All Along the Watchtower (Dylan)
7. I Saw a Man Pursuing the Horizon, by Stephen Crane
8. Walking Too Close to the Edge
9. Song to Myself
10. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
11. A Dream Within a Dream, by Edgar Allan Poe
12. I’ll Press On
13. With or Without You (U2)
14. All I Want is You (U2)
15. There is a Place
16. When Life is Real, by Edgar Lee Masters
17. Credo, by Edwin Arlington Robinson


Open mic — The Ugly Mug (31)

1. I Need You
2. She’s Like the Wind