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James Taylor's "Sweet Baby James" was a song my dad played to me as a little girl. I loved cowboy songs, especially the ones my dad would make up, but this was always the favorite.

Recorded in a living room in Colorado Springs with my dad, this is how I think of the song now. Hope you don't mind a different voice for the lead, I treasure this recording.

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There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range
His horse and his cattle are his only companions
He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons
Waiting for summer, his pastures to change
And as the moon rises he sits by his fire
Thinking about women and glasses of beer
And closing his eyes as the doggies retire
He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear
As if maybe someone could hear:

Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rockabye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Won't you let me go down in my dreams
And rockabye sweet baby James

The first of December was covered with snow
So was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston
The Berkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frosting
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go

There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway
A song that they sing when they take to the sea
A song that they sing of their home in the sky
Maybe you can believe it if it helps you to sleep
But singing works just fine for me

Goodnight you moonlight ladies
Rockabye sweet baby James
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose
Won't you let me go down in my dreams
And rockabye sweet baby James

credits

from Marian Call Sings the Classics, vol. II, released August 12, 2015
"Sweet Baby James" written by James Taylor, published by EMI April Music Inc. OBO Country Road Music and by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

Guitar and lead vocals by Paul Pew

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Marian Call

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Marian Call Alaska

Marian Call loves making music for you. She sounds a little like Joni Mitchell meets They Might Be Giants & Regina Spektor for bourbon & laughs. She hails from Alaska but can often be found touring North America and Europe, and she lives on Twitter. Her songs are quirky, geeky, eclectic acoustic confections that taste like vanilla-cinnamon-chipotle something. ... more

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