Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bonanza: "Escape to Ponderosa"


 Hello again! I (Irene) decided we should have at least two posts done for Legends of Western Cinema Week, so I decided to write a little review of something both Anna and I recently watched so it would be decently fresh in my mind. And despite Bonanza not even being my favorite western t.v show, here I go, yet again reviewing a Bonanza episode. I was inspired, what can I say?

Bonanza 1.25 Escape to Ponderosa' (1960)




The episode begins.... Well, it begins as you might expect. Near a rock, in Nevada, there lived three convicts, except they don't live there. One of them is sitting by and not helping the others try to break the shackles that are wrapped around an unintelligent looking chap's wrists. The one helping break the cognitively-lacking fellow's shackles' is noticeably attractive and considerate. Anyway, back to the story....From the dialogue being spoken it is easily deduced that they escaped from some branch of the military. And while they are talking about what they should do next, who should come along but dear old Adam Cartwright?

 
 
He hears voices, goes to check on them, and is promptly knocked out. I don't know if this happens more often to Little Joe or Adam, so if anybody has been keeping count, please inform me.
Back at the Ponderosa ranch house, Hoss is intent on building a house of cards and Little Joe, being the delightful little sibling he is, blows it down. This scene is pretty darn funny. As the youngest child, I feel a kindred spirit with Little Joe.
 
 
Anyway, while the family is relaxing at home and Little Joe is trying to ward off the imminent arrival of a young death in the form of Hoss, a troop (brigade? squad? I dunno) from the army comes riding up and the leader of them, a Capt. Bolton, walks up to the house and arrogantly knocks on the door. He then arrogantly walks in, arrogantly asking Mr. Cartwright if he's seen three convicts running around. Seems they escaped from the cavalry stockade and are suspected to be on the Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright says no, he hasn't seen any. Bolton wants to search his house, but since he's such a jerk and the fourth amendment is a thing, Mr. Cartwright kicks him out of the house. Right when Bolton is about to leave, Adam shows up at the house with a bad gash on his head. He tells his family that he was jumped, and he thinks he saw prison uniforms on the men who did it. He remembers he heard at least two men, maybe three, arguing about whether they should kill him or not. Capt. Bolton, Mr. Cartwright, and Little Joe take off to find them.
 
The boys looking fine and fresh, especially Adam, with Mr. Ugly Bolton in the background.


We cut back to the convicts and Jimmy Sutton (the unhelpful one) is telling his two compadres about how he knows of a little ranch they can go too where he used to be real friendly with the girl who owned it. He is confident that they will find shelter there. Meanwhile, Tyler (the nice and attractive one) is listening intently for any signs of pursuit. I won't tell you the name of the unintelligent looking one cause he gets left behind and shot and killed later. We won't go into that.
 
Jimmy Sutton on the far left and Paul Tyler on the far right. Inconsequential guy who dies in the middle.

Sutton and Tyler make their way to Sutton's girlfriend Nedda's ranch. They sneak into the barn to change into some less conspicuous shirts that don't have a big letter 'P' on the back of them. Tyler sees a little foal, and immediately goes down to pet it. HE LOVES HORSES GUYS 😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰


He tells Sutton that sometimes he likes horses a good deal better than people. Who can blame him? Tyler seems to have had some back experiences with people. Sutton is confident that Capt. Bolton will be halfway across the country by now and has no idea where they've gone, but Tyler isn't so sure. While they're talking, someone is heard coming. The two convicts hide and soon enough a girl (played by Gloria Talbott) comes in and lays a blanket over the colt.
 
She loves horses too!!!!!!!! And I also like her outfit. Very cute.

Jimmy sneaks up on her like a creep.

 
She is very much alarmed, understandably. He goes straight to kissing her while she's just asking where they came from and probably wondering how the heck she ever liked a guy who would come up behind a girl in the middle of the night while she's alone in a barn and just lay one on her. Honestly. Tyler awkwardly tries to ignore them.
 
 
Y'all probably know where this story is going, but I'll tell ya anyway.
Sutton tells Nedda some cock and bull story about how he and Tyler were prospecting for gold or something and then ended up at her house. She doesn't quite believe it, but she lets them inside and feeds them dinner anyway. Very nice of her.
Meanwhile, Mr. Cartwright is trying to get Capt. Bolton disbanded, or suspended, or something like that because he shot the not-so-smart-looking guy from the beginning (remember him?) while he was trying to 'escape'. He wasn't really, but Bolton is kill-crazy. Unfortunately, the superior office does nothing about it, although he does give Bolton a good talking to. I don't think it made much impression on him.
 
 
Back at Nedda's ranch, Tyler and Sutton are eating dinner when there comes a knock at the door. As Nedda goes to answer, Sutton asks her not to tell anyone they are there. She asks why. He lies to her, saying they made a silver strike and don't want anybody to know. Tyler again looks uncomfortable on the side.
 
 
Who should be at the door but good old Hoss Cartwright! He asks Nedda if she's seen anybody suspicious around, like maybe two army convicts??? She says no, and as she is acting strangely nervous, Hoss asks if she is okay, but she just says no again and quickly gets rid of him. Now Nedda starts to wonder if maybe her beloved and his prospecting partner are actually prospectors after all, and she feels terrible about lying to Hoss. You can't just lie to Hoss!
 
 
Nedda goes back in and after thinking about what Hoss said, and also observing the fact that Jimmy had a gun in his hand and looked ready to use it, she realizes that Sutton and Tyler are in fact the two missing convicts Hoss was telling her about. 
 
Just thought I'd share this photo...

When he sees the game is up, Sutton confesses to being a convict, but pleads with Nedda to understand how terrible it was at the stockade, how Bolton beat him and Tyler, and how they had no choice but to escape. Tyler was beaten and agrees with Sutton about how Bolton was a monster, but he hates the way Sutton is using Nedda and constantly lying to her.
 
 
And Sutton is generally just a really gross and annoying guy. But despite that, he convinces Nedda to still hide them, after using Tyler's tortures as leverage to persuade Nedda. Tyler does not appreciate that.
 
 
Back at the Cartwright ranch Hoss tells his brothers and Pa that he figures there is something worrying Nedda. Mr. Cartwright decides they better all go over there and check it out. All except Adam :(
 
 
And back at Nedda's ranch, Paul and Nedda bond over their shared love of horses...
 
 
... Before the Cartwrights rudely interrupt. And it was just as Nedda was telling Paul that she maybe, kinda liked him!
 
 
He doesn't drop the stick 'cause Sutton comes in behind Mr. Cartwright and hold a gun on him. Tyler knocks him on the head (Ben, that is) and then stops Sutton from killing Mr. Cartwright. He's all over the place.
 

Then the tables turn yet again when Little Joe and Hoss come busting in and make Tyler and Sutton the captives yet again.
 
 
They hold the two convicts at gunpoint until Ben regains consciousness. After realizing how Bolton treated them, and talking it through a bit, Mr. Cartwright offers to take Sutton's and Tyler's name tags to Bolton's commanding officer and thus they can turn themselves over to the army without getting beaten or killed by Bolton.
Mr. Cartwright takes off with Sutton's and Tyler's name tags but unfortunately gets caught by Bolton on the road. The Captain discovers the name tags and follows Mr. Cartwright's tracks bad to Nedda's ranch.
During these altercations, the convicts, the Cartwright boys, and Nedda are all waiting nervously back at the ranch. As they wait and feed the little colt, Hoss asks Tyler what he did to get put into the stockade in the first place. Tyler tells him the slightly shocking truth about his past and why he was charged with cowardice and arrested. They don't tell us why Jimmy ended up there. I think it's cause we all know he deserved to be there. He soon begins to plead with Little Joe and Hoss to let them escape, so's they don't have to go back to Capt. Bolton.
 
 
Little Joe and Hoss ain't having it. Sutton turns to Tyler and tries to convince him. That doesn't work. Then he tries to convince Nedda by attempting to scrape up the drags of a relationship long dead. When she isn't touched by his drawing up of romantic memories, he starts to get nasty. He notices that Paul Tyler is rather handsome, and that he is also kind and brave and noble and practically perfect in every way. He suggests that maybe a little something more than colt feeding has been going on in this barn recently.
 
 
Tyler promptly promptly punches him. Most satisfying moment in the whole episode.
 
Unfortunately, this leads to Sutton getting his hands on Little Joe's gun and fleeing detainment.
 
 
But the wicked shall have their just reward, and as Sutton is running out of the barn, Bolton and his men arrive, along with Mr. Cartwright. Sutton tries running one way, and then the other, but is caught. In one last desperate attempt to flee capture, he climbs a fence and gets shot by Capt. Bolton in the process. This time the prisoner actually was trying to escape. 
 
 
As the shots are heard inside the barn, Tyler decides to go out, unarmed, and give himself up. Nedda pleads with him not to do so. He ask her why. She says it's because she, well, um... She kinda, maybe loves him. He is shocked, the audience is not. It was pretty obvs, not gonna lie.
 
This is when he realizes he can't run. I wish I looked like this when I realized things.

Anyway, after Little Joe and Hoss assure Capt. Bolton that Tyler does not have a gun, the latterly mentioned man comes out prepared to give himself up.
 
 
But Capt. Bolton fails to acknowledge Tyler's armlessness. Whether this is because he purposely wants to kill Tyler no matter what, or because Tyler did indeed still have two arms attached to his body and Bolton made an honest mistake, I'm not sure. I think it's both. Anyway, he puts out his gun and is about to shoot...
 

When kaboom! Sutton, who was actually not dead yet, blasts him to kingdom come! 
 

Unfortunately for Sutton, the rest of the soldiers then blast him to kingdom come....

Anyway, everybody we care about is unharmed and although Tyler is still going back to jail, we know that it should be for a very short length of time, and he will most likely not be watched over by a sadistic Captain. Although that seems to happen an awful lot in western t.v. shows.... But we also know that the day he gets out, Nedda will be waiting for him.
She tells him so.
 
 
THE END 


And there you have it folks. I think Escape to Ponderosa is a very apt name for this episode, as it is quite a piece of escapism, and I don't say that in a negative sense. There aren't any big plot twists, it's predictable, and the main guy is maybe too perfect. But it's still super enjoyable. Grant Williams plays Paul Tyler quietly and calmly, and he definitely emits awesomeness. Not to mention he's pretty darn good-lookin'. All the other actors are good too, and their dialogue and interactions are snappy and entertaining to watch. It's really a very fun episode. I didn't give everything away, so you can still watch it and be surprised and delighted by certain happenings.
This has been Horseback to Byzantium's second blog post for The Legends of Western Cinema Week. I hope you enjoyed :D Now I'd better be going to bed. It's getting colder than a hairless dog in a snowstorm down here. Adios again!

- Irene










Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Legends of Western Cinema Week Tag 2020


Hi there! So, it's technically like the fourth day of Legends of Western Cinema Week, hosted by Hamlette's Soliloquy and Along the Brandywine, but Anna and I have been kinda busy, so we didn't get a chance to do this awesome tag made by Hamlette until now! I'm also gonna post something else western oriented, but Anna and I really wanted to do this tag first, so here we go!

1. What's the last western you watched? So, last western t.v. show we watched was an episode of Lawman called 'The Souvenir' and the last western movie we watched was most likely, probably, Rio Bravo (1959).

2. A western of any stripe (happy or tragic) where you were highly satisfied by the ending? THIS QUESTION IS TOO HARD!!!!! So, Anna's favorite ending is The Searchers (1956) and I love that one too, but right now I'll go with the combined endings of Big Jake (1971), True Grit (1969) and Rooster Cogburn (1975).
 

3. The funniest western you've seen? The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) for sure. 

4. What similar elements/themes show up in your favorite westerns? Anna says good hats. And let's admit we all love a bad gunslinger who ends up having to help people and turns out being awesome. That's always a good one.

 5. Favorite actress who made 1 or more westerns? Maureen O'Hara. She's cool. 

6. Favorite western hero/sidekick pairing? Do Marshal Dan Troop and Deputy Johnny McKay from Lawman count? 'Cause Johnny ain't nobody's sidekick. But they're great together.

7. Scariest villain/antagonist in a Western? For some reason we can only think of actually scary villains that appear in western t.v. shows. A good one in that department is the guy from the Bonanza episode 'Thunder Man'. He was a creeper for sure. And then there's the guy who dresses as a lady in the Lawman episode 'The Catalog Woman'. *Shivers* That was creepy. 

8. Favorite romance in a western? Okay, so Lonnie and Junie in Apache Territory (1958) were absolutely, undeniably adorable. They seem like they would really get along in life. A couple of lovebirds that are actually realistic and beautiful are Mr. Conagher and Mrs. Teal from both the book and movie Conagher (1991), by Louis L'Amour.

9. Three of your favorite westerns? The Magnificent Seven (1960), Silverado (1985) and a tie between Big Jake, Rio Bravo and El Dorado (1967). That is technically five, but just pretend the last three are all rolled together into one ball of awesomeness.

10. Share one (or several!) of your favorite quotes from a western. We shared a couple in one of our past tags, but there are lots more. Here are just a few we say a lot.

*While trying to catch anything at all and failing* "There was a time when I would've caught all three" - Lee, from The Magnificent Seven.

"Sooner or later you must pay for every good deed!" - Calvera, from The Magnificent Seven

"It ain't right. I've had enough of things that ain't right" - Mal, from Silverado 

"You're right Stumpy. You're a treasure" - Sheriff John T. Chance, Rio Bravo

AHHHHH!!!!!! There are so many fire and profound lines in westerns, but I can't remember them!!!!!!!! Well, at least not verbatim. John Wayne has so many good ones. Every line in the Lawman episode 'The Holdout' is epic. Honest to goodness.

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Awwwww 😍

I guess that's all for now folks. What a fun tag! We truly do love westerns over here. Now go on and enjoy some western t.v. shows, movies, or literature! Adios!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Exit (2019)


Welcome to Anna and Irene's (really only Irene's) entry into the Disaster Blogathon, hosted by The Midnite Drive-In and Dubsism!!! Everyone loves a good disaster film (especially me) and I have one to review that I think might win for most unique disaster film. I'm not sure, but I suspect. Without further ado, here is Irene's (and maybe some tips thrown in by Anna) review of the 2019 Korean adventure/comedy/disaster movie 'Exit'!


Exit (2019) - IMDb

Yong-nam is a deadbeat son. Unable to keep a job, and tragically friend-zoned by presumably the only girl he ever loved, our hero starts out as very much of an anti-hero. Not even an anti-hero. He doesn't have enough traits for that. Just a lame guy.

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This is our hero at the beginning of the movie... Not exactly impressive.
Yong-nam used to be an expert rock climber (this will come in handy later in the movie), and although he still practices his exercises daily, his heart is not in it, as his lost love had also been an enthusiast of the hobby and now that she's gone he has no gumption to continue the sport. But on the night of his mother's 70th birthday, Yong-nam's listless life takes a serious turn. While at the birthday venue he rented (where his lost love just happens to work), just before the last of Yong-nam's family leave, a serious catastrophe takes place. A mad scientist, on the lookout for revenge, releases a poisonous gas into the thickly-inhabited city where Yong-nam's mother's birthday party is taking place. People come running down the streets, hoping to escape. Those who do not may be lucky enough to leave the gas with only severely burned skin and difficulty breathing. The unlucky die.

And so we have the set-up of one random as heck disaster movie. The birthday gathering on one of the top floors of the venue must work together to escape the quickly rising gas. Honestly though, the only ones who do anything are Yong-nam and his crush, Eui-joo.

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Yong-nam's sister on the gurney. She was injured by the gas.
This movie never takes itself too seriously, but even so, the character growth in Yong-nam is quite impressive. He really was one lame guy at the start of this movie. He even lied to Eui-joo saying he had some big, enviable position at a fancy company, when he really was living off his parents' income. He did this to impress her, as he never has quite given up hope of winning her back... Even though he never had her in the first place.

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As the situation at the venue quickly begins to elevate into a catastrophe, Yong-nam realizes that he is the only person capable of taking control of the situation. He does this quite ably, managing to keep his moderately idiotic relatives from panicking too much. As I said before, his and Eui-joo's past history of rock-climbing comes in quite handy, as they, hand in hand, must climb buildings and skyscrapers in a desperate attempt to escape from the poisonous cloud. It is quite exciting, and I was always guessing what tactic or strategy our heroes were going to think of next. That's one thing I like about disaster films. The ongoing rush to think of new and unique ideas quickly. 

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If you are unfamiliar with Korean humor and culture, this movie may seem a little strange at first (not helped by the atrociously grammared subtitles), but it honestly is extremely entertaining and exciting. And although as an adventure and comedy movie, Exit won't win any awards for deepness of thought, it does have a surprisingly profound message. Inside everyone, including oneself, there is a hero just waiting to be let out by the occurrence of some catastrophe in which the very best of the individual is required. Maybe kinda cliche, but profound nonetheless. Yong-nam was a grown man sitting around at his parents' home, pining over his lost love, accomplishing nothing. By the end of the movie, he's saved the lives of himself, his unrequited (or IS she???) love, his family, and even complete strangers. A lovely character arc in every way. He's no superman, but at least he's striving to be. Ignoring the whole mad scientist unleashing poisonous gas into the city thing, and everything else that is crazy and unlikely, this movie is realistic enough to be believable. At least, I thought it was.

If you can find Exit, I recommend you watch it. It's really so fun, and a wonderful example of the disaster genre. A very lighthearted one. If you feel like watching death and disaster, but not too much, this movie is for you.

And, as an added bonus, there is no objectionable content, excluding a few swear words.

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This has been Horseback to Byzantium's blog entry into the Disaster Blogathon. We hope you enjoyed. Annyeong for now :D

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award Tag

 

 Thank you so much to Hamlette from Hamlette's Soliloquy for nominating us for our first ever award! WE'RE FAMOUS! Before we answer all of her fun questions we are required to list the deets:


  • List the award’s official rules (duh!)
  • Display the award somewhere on your blog (hope this counts!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you (thank you, Hamlette!)
  • Provide a link to your nominator’s blog (did and done)
  • Answer your nominator’s questions (will do!)
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers (Sorry, no can do)
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions (wish we could!)
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on at least one of their blog posts (again, wish we could but we don't know 11 bloggers)
The questions!:

1.  What movie house would you like to live in?
    - Swiss Family Robison! YESSSSSS!!! 1960 version, of course. Coolest DIY house EVER! We've wanted to live in that house since the first time we saw that movie, which was a very long time ago.

2.  What movie pet would you like to own?
    - Anna chooses Gwin from Inkheart who is the coolest looking ferret with two little spikes on his head and he does everything Dustfinger tells him to! He's so cool and adorable <3 Irene chooses Dog from Big Jake. Yes, his name is Dog. He's also super cool and really well trained. He takes out the bad guys!

3.  What book do you wish your favorite actor or actress could have starred in an adaptation of?
    - Hans Gudegast in the movie adaptation of Hilda Van Stockum's The Borrowed House as...Guess who!...DEITRICH! Baron Deitrich, that is. 

4.  Are there any movies you like better than the book they were based on?
    - This was a hard question because we couldn't really think of any. However, the characterization of Agatha Christie's Poirot is much better in the movies than in the books.
 
5.  What's your favorite movie that's set in the decade you were born in?
    - Sahara! (The 2005 version) That is one fantabulous action movie.

6.  Do you collect movie memorabilia of any sort?
    - Uh, no. We collect the movies, not the memorabilia. Except for the Lord of the Rings. If we could get our hands on memorabilia from that, we definitely would.

7.  What actor and actress have never made a movie together, but you wish would have?
    - Well, William Powell and Myrna Loy were already in a bunch of movies together, so...
 
8.  What director would you like to have direct a movie based on your life?
    - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Peter Jackson would be great if our lives were exciting, but unfortunately, that is not the case, so's we think Powell and Pressburger would do a better job with our boringness. Elia Kazan would be great too.

9.  Do you ever like a remake better than the original film?
   - Nope. At least, it hasn't happened yet.
 
10. What's your least-favorite movie genre?
    - Horror is from the Devil... Literally, so none of that in this house. We try to avoid romance generally, although there are a couple that melt one's heart, so yeah
 
11.  Are there any movies in your least-favorite genre that you do like?
     - 'I Know Where I'm Going' (1945) is technically a romance, so there's that. Ooh, 'And Now Tomorrow' (1944) is absolutely lovely!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Irene's Top Ten Favorite Kingston Trio Songs

                         My Favorite Kingston Trio Songs

At Large (album) - Wikipedia

Um, I like the Kingston Trio. That is the reason for this post. What other reasons do I need? 
But honestly, they are really good. It annoys me to no end that many singing groups that have three or more members often don't even harmonize. At all. Harmonizing is awesome! Harmonizing is the reasons singing group exist! Why would you waste this opportunity? But the Kingston Trio does NOT waste this opportunity, and that's why I like them. Starting in the late 50's and going until the late 60's, the three California-dwelling singers Dave Guard (later replaced by John Stewart), Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds started a revival of American folk music that really took off. The sixties was full of folk music groups, including Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, and, um.... I know there were more, but I am blanking right now. Needless to say, the Kingston Trio was very popular. It really isn't hard to say why. None of the three members have what I would called spectacular voices, but when together their harmonies are vibratingly beautiful and they all sing with real feeling. Their style is very earthy. Very down to earth. I don't know, they just sound authentic and unpretentious. I like them very much. So without further ado, here are my top ten favorite Kingston Trio songs.

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10. Weeping Willow
This one is a beautiful love song/lament. His love is untrue, she'll bring him to ruin. But unfortunately, like so many other lovers in songs, he just can't bring himself to stop loving her. *Sighhhh* It has a lovely, dreamy melody and the harmony on the chorus is too beautiful. 
'Bury me beneath the willow, 'neath the weeping willow tree.
When she hears that I am sleeping, maybe then, she'll think of me.'

Sunrise - Wikipedia

9. My Lord What A Mornin'
This is an awesome worship song. I've heard a couple different versions of it, but the Kingston Trio version is my favorite. They start with just one voice singing 'My Lord, what a mornin'' and then another voice is added and then they all sing together. The intensity builds throughout the whole song, so by the end of it you might want to have your hand on the volume. Again, the harmony is wonderful, and the song is a happy and triumphant one.
'I can hear the Christians singing.
When the stars begin to fall.'

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8. Run The Ridges
I'm not even sure what this song is about. It's about Tennessee, I know that much. When I listen to it, I envision a western movie. Every single time. It tells a story, but like I said, I don't really know it. I probably don't listen well enough. The Trio switches between singing the chorus quickly and without harmony, to slowly WITH harmony. It adds flavor to the song and the story in the song. I love the quick and intense guitar music throughout. An altogether enjoyable song!
'And we will run the ridges of our green land Tennessee,
And we we will hide for forty years if that's what's meant to be, meant to be, meant to be.'

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7. One More Town
Ahhh, this one. The ultimate wandering aimlessly, nostalgic song. The man in this song is always moving, moving on from one town to the next. Does he know where he's going? Nope. He just know he must keep on movin' on. This is song reminds me of a tumbleweed being blown across the prairies by a gentle wind. I know there are rarely gentle winds on the prairie, but this song feels like that. It's a sad song, but beautiful in its own way.
'If there's one more song I'll be singin'
I'm always goin' but I don't know where.'

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6. Seasons In The Sun
This is definitely NOT the most famous version of this song, but it my favorite (sorry Larry Jacks). It might seem a little fast for those not used to it, but the first time I heard the chorus it just gave me flashbacks of good times on the beach with my friends. This song (originally a French tune) is about a man who is dying (presumably) and is saying goodbye to his best friend, his father, and his wife. I like the variations with the fast and slow choruses and the quickly strumming guitar. I really do imagine sunny days on the beach, basking under palm trees, even though I've never basked under a palm tree in my life. Seasons in the Sun is quite an apt name for this song, in my opinion.
'All our lives we had fun, we had seasons in the sun,
But the stars we could reach were just starfish on the beach.'


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5. Chilly Winds
Okay, THIS is the ultimate nostalgic Kingston Trio song. It's so pretty!!! Starting with a lovely, delicate, and chilly sounding guitar opening, the song enters into a melancholic song about wandering and unrequited love. And just so you know, I liked this song much better after listening to it a couple of times. It grew on me immensely after several listens.  Each verse is surprisingly beautiful, albeit simple. It makes one ache in the chest. 
'I'm leavin' in the springtime, won't be back till fall.
If I can forget you, I might not come back at all,
Our where them chilly winds don't blow.'

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4. Tom Dooley
Based on the real life story of Tom Dula, the Tom Dooley folk song, sung by the Kingston Trio, made famous the tragic story of the Confederate soldier who was convicted of the murder of Laura Foster. It think that Dooley killed Miss Foster on accident, but I can't remember at the moment. The song itself is solemn and straightforward. Not too melancholic at all, it is rather told from a distant point of view. The singers tell Tom Dooley to 'Hang down his head and cry' as he is about to be hung. It's a great song.
'Hang down your head, Tom Dooley
Hang down your head and cry.
Hang down your head, Tom Dooley,
Poor boy, you're bound to die.'


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3. Greenback Dollar
Dangggg, this song is so cool! The beginning guitar chords sound surprisingly modern, like something you might find in a current rock song. Be warned that Greenback Dollar does contain the d-word in the chorus. You have been warned. So basically, the guy in this song travels here and there, does what he wants, sings what must be song, and doesn't give a darn about a greenback dollar. Good for him, I say. Money is the root of all evil, after all. But honestly, this song is one of the rock songs of the folk world. It's amazingly legit.
'Some people say I'm a no-count,
Others say I'm no good,
But I'm just a natural-born travellin' man,
Doin' what I think I should, oh yeah, doin' what I think I should.'

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2. 500 Miles 
I have heard many, many versions of this beautiful song and the Kingston Trio version is still my favorite. John Stewart (who sings the verses) has such a yearning and melancholic voice, and that works perfectly for this song. The guitar solo is enchanting. The premise of a traveler farm from home who just can't go home because of the sorry state he is in is heartbreaking. I first heard this song while driving across the wide open space of Eastern Washington, and it was incredible. Talk about nostalgic. 
'If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone,
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles.'

 Country Roads Sunset Photograph by Beth Gates-Sully

1. I'm Going Home
As the winner of first place, I'm sure you all can tell that I'm Going Home has a special place in my heart. Just like 500 Miles, Chilly Winds, and One More Town, I'm Going Home is about roaming hear and there, near and far, everywhere but home. But unlike all those other songs, this one has a feeling of anticipation. A feeling that no matter how far you stray, you can always find the road back home. It is introduced by a single banjo playing a fast melody that makes you wanna get in that car and drive! It has a rousing chorus and beautiful words. I really love this song.
'Folks who know me call me a drifter. They don't know I'll stop my ramblin'.
They don't know that someday, somewhere somebody's gonna make me settle down!
I'm going home Lord, I'm going home. I'm going home Lord, I'm going home.'

  
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~Irene