"Ingrid Bergman" as written by Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie....
Ingrid Bergman, Ingrid Bergman
Let's go make a picture
On the island of Stromboli
Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman, you're so pretty
You'd make any mountain quiver
You'd make fire fly from the crater
Ingrid Bergman

This old mountain it's been waiting
All its life for you to work it
For your hand to touch its hard rock
Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman

If you'll walk across my camera,
I will flash the world your story,
I will pay you more than money
Ingrid Bergman

Not by pennies dimes nor quarters
But with happy sons and daughters
And they'll sing around Stromboli
Ingrid Bergman

This old mountain it's been waiting
All its life for you to work it
For your hand to touch its hard rock
Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman


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"Ingrid Bergman" as written by Woody Guthrie Billy Bragg

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    General CommentThis song was written by Woody Guthrie. Woody was absolutely enamored with Ingrid Bergman. I heard Billy speak about the song once; and he'd referred to a few of the double entendres in the song.

    "Ingrid Bergman You're so perty" more than just a vernacular fashion of saying she's pretty refers to the fact that she had pert breasts.

    He speculated that "you'd make any mountain quiver", "you'd make fire fly from it's crater" and the whole of the third verse may have been metaphors for Woody's "tumescence" was how he put it.

    Really sweet song
    Aceface1on March 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor over a decade I thought this was the sweetest song of yearning about someone you could never have. One exhausted night during the tail end of a very long road trip, this number came up and it suddenly became obvious. Easily the classiest song about an imaginary hand job ever.
    Propaganda78on June 08, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a simple beautiful song about a girl you could never get. Not to be smug, but the girl I thought about when I heard this song, I married.

    If there was justice in the world, Woody Guthrie would be mentioned in the same breath as Bob Dylan, Craig Finn, Townes Van Sant, and Bruce Springsteen in the list of great American songwriters.

    One of his best poems....
    Propaganda78on August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song. Ingrid Bergman was an actor who's movies Woody would always see in the theater when his Huntington's started settling in. To me, it represents loving someone so much that no matter how impossible it may seem, reality seems to float away as you picture yourself with your dreamgirl and know that it will happen.
    sce1301on April 03, 2010   Link

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