Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Josh Ritter Opening for Joan Baez at Lisner Auditorium. October 25, 2003

Josh Ritter's Set
I am not sure of the title or words to Josh's first song. I seemed to hear: Peter said to Paul, you know all those words we wrote - talking to God…-Paul said to Peter you have to ride yourself a little harder - got a girl in the war - turn up the music and hope she makes it through - the keys to the kingdom got locked in the kingdom - If they can't find a way to help her they can go to hell
Kathleen - all the other girls are stars, you are the northern lights
Wings - This is the song Joan Baez covers on her new CD - Mystical, Dylanish in the best sense - I don't know where I am, hearing this song, but it is where I want to be...
There's one thing momma you should know it's not love that makes the flowers grow
Snow is Gone
Lawrence KS (Can't Leave the World Behind)

Joan Baez's Set:
Rexroth's Daughter by Greg Brown
In My Time of Need - by Ryan Adams
Deportees by Woody Guthrie
Joe Hill
Joan shares that when she was in 9th grade and was reading the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire she told her mom, mom this could happen to America. Mom said, yes dear… Well Joan tells, I think the serious descent started 2 years ago. This is her most political statement of the evening - she sings Christmas in Washington by Steve Earle
Farewell, Angelina
Cabel Mayer by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Motherland by Natalie Mercant - Joan shares that this song is her mother's favorite song on the new CD
There But for Fortune - Phil Ochs
Johnnie Cash song…
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - the audience sings along - I remember singing in the car to when this song got frequent radio play
Elvis Presley Blues by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings - Joan says Elvis and Jimmy Dean were the 2 who got away "I would run for miles" (for them) - and she dances on stage
Reunion Hill by Richard Shindell
Jerusalem by Steve Earle
The Lilly of the West
Gracias A La Vida
Diamonds and Rust - "my poetry was lousy you said" - "you jerk… I'll take the Grammy"

I count about 8 little girls in the audience (I notice 1 in our row and 1 right behind and I start counting others). I don't see any little boys. I wonder, what is it about Joan Baez that parents bring their girls to her show in this formal theatre late at night? So years later their little girls can remember seeing a legend and true heroine of our time?

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