"Up in the North" as written by and Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger....
Wearing my scarf and my hat
And I squint and I sniff as I went around
Walked up the road through the woods
By the pines, by the lake as I heard the sound
Maria Anna Gamisou
Daughter of a dire in Oulu
Sang me a song or two
And I wrote them down
Up in the North, in the cold
In the ice, in the snow
She would cry and cry
There she would moan, she would whine
And the tears would pour down
And she would never
Angela Exema Milou
A servant girl in Turku
Sang me a song or two
And I wrote them down
Down in the South, in the heat
In the sweat, in the rain
She would cry and cry
There she would moan, she would whine
And the tears would pour down
And she would never
Melissa Jarmon Dupres - oo!
Sitting on a bench in Anjou
Sang me a song or two
And I wrote them down
Elias Doxia Didou
Son of a bitch back in Turku
Sang me a song or two
And I wrote them down.


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"Up in the North" as written by Matthew Friedberger Eleanor Friedberger

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    General CommentThis is maybe my favourite song of "Gallowbird's Bark", I love it !
    ZeroLivaon July 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTwo Finnish towns, one French town and a bunch of Greek-sounding names. I'm pretty fuckin' stumped here.
    AlgernonMabuson July 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favourite FF song. One of my fave songs period. It's a game. People who take degrees in lit would call this metafiction, or maybe a metasong. It's a song about a certain type of song making process. It's boiling the whole idea of ethnomusicology down to a simple, repetitive formula. person in geographical area X has miserable experience Y and this is "authentic" because it was transcribed in situ... Love that the song uses super specific names and locations (one is even revisited) but the lyrics she writes down are totally non-specific. It's hilarious and beautiful, and i lvoe the way that the sonofabitch's song doesn't even need words. I wanna listen to it now>
    asdflyricszzon December 03, 2009   Link

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