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Saturday, July 16th, 2011
6:51 pm
Thirty Years
Thirty years ago today, Harry died on the Long Island Expressway. The world still hasn't produced anyone like him.

Harry... it stinks.
Monday, April 30th, 2007
3:56 pm
I was just fiddling around on YouTube, watching odd bits of song videos, when I ended up watching Harry singing W*O*L*D live.

And I realised, this was the first time I'd seen Harry move. I'd only ever seen still photographs before. I've been a fan for fifteen years - since I was given a tape with "The Last Protest Singer" on it - and never seen him move.

Gosh, it's so obvious that he enjoyed playing live.

Current Mood: moved
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
6:39 pm
Jen Chapin
So I recently discovered that one of Harry's daughters is a budding musician, and is actively involved in much of her dad's work with hunger organizations. Has anyone heard her, or know much else about her?
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
2:04 am
looking for an mp3
Okay I actually bought a record player (way to young to have EVER remember having one)for three musicians basically one being so that i could get Harry Chapin records cheap from the flea market and play them. But since I am still very into listening to music on my computer and finally got an mp3 player for Xmas I was wondering if anyone had an mp3 of "She's Burning herself" ? I've looked everywhere and thought maybe someone here would possibley have it *crosses fingers*

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, July 4th, 2005
9:36 am
Why Do Little Girls?

Why Do Little Girls?

Lyrics hereCollapse )

As a child I really loved this song because it talked about little girls, and well, I was one.  :)

My mom would play it for my sisters and me (we would BEG her, "Momma, PLEASE play Harry Chapin for us..." whenever we went somewhere in the car) and then she would tell us that we never had to let the boys have all the glory.  She made sure that we knew Harry was singing that song to tell us girls that it was OK for us to become strong independent women.  She encouraged us so much to be whatever we wanted to be, and to never settle for second best.  We didn't have to be astronauts, or doctors, or lawyers, or any career really.  She simply wanted us to be the best US we could.  And to never back down because we were girls.

Years (and it's not polite to ask how many) have passed me by, and I still love this song.  I sing it to my nieces and tell them the same things my mom would tell my sisters and me.  I love that all of Harry's music is just as powerful and meaningful today as it was when he first sung it.  My nieces and nephews all love the music, and when we get in the car to go anywhere they always ask, "Aunt Corrie, PLEASE play Harry Chapin for us..."

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
10:16 am
Okay, another question...
There was a HC tribute concert in 1987. The CD contains these songs:

1. Circle - Oscar Brand/Pete Seeger/Tom Chapin/Stephen Chapin
2. Sandy - Graham Nash
3. Cat's In The Cradle - Judy Collins
4. W*O*L*D - Richie Havens/Stephen Chapin/Tom Chapin
5. Six String Orchestra - The Smothers Brothers
6. When I Look Up - Dolores Hall
7. Remember When The Music - Bruce Springsteen
8. Tangled Up Puppet - Terry Klausner
9. One Light In A Dark Valley - The Hooters
10. Shooting Star - Pat Benatar
11. Last Stand - John Wallace
12. Circle - Cast/Peter, Paul & Mary (reprise)

Does anybody have this? Is it worth buying?
Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
12:34 pm
Choose a band/artist and answer only in song TITLES by that band: Harry Chapin

Are you male or female: She is Always Seventeen

Describe yourself: Old Folkie

How do some people feel about you: They Call Her Easy

How do you feel about yourself: A Quiet Little Love Affair

Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend: Burning Herself

Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend: Halfway to Heaven/Sunday Morning Sunshine

Describe where you want to be: Northwest 222

Describe what you want to be: Last of the Protest Singers

Describe how you live: Let Time Go Lightly

Describe how you love: A Better Place to Be

Share a few words of wisdom: Stop Singing These Sad Songs

***Honestly I'm not sure if I like these ones anymore. New answers possibly forthcoming.
12:22 pm
Wow, everyone sure has gotten chatty, and that gets me really excited. As I'm sure everyone on this community has experienced, Harry love is NOT universal.

I for one am going to make it a point to try and post more, but here's a suggestion that could be fun for everyone in the meantime.

Has anyone seen the meme "describe your life in song titles from a particular band/artist"? I've done it with Harry songs a few times and I think it would be fun if we could all post our answers, and see which song titles (usually with Harry it ends up being songs in their entirety as well) make up us.

I'm going to go find my answers and post them.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
1:51 pm
I see I've found the hot spot for Chapin lovers...

I've loved his music since I was about seven years old (five years after his death) and I love it still. I just got the DVD of Harry at Rockpalast in Germany, and it's excellent. It's kind of a strange crowd - a few dozen unenthusiastic Germans who have a tough time with "of bananas." But it's great for someone like me who was too young to ever see him perform. Does anyone else know of any concerts that were recorded, and are available on VHS or DVD?

Long days and pleasant nights,
Sunday, January 16th, 2005
7:19 pm
New to the site
I'm new, but just had to say hello.

I saw Harry in concert a couple of years before he died. The show was wonderful.

I had gone out into the lobby of the theater, I think I was looking for someone that I worked with, when I looked out the door and saw a taxi pulling away. I realized a tall man, carrying a guitar case was walking, toward the front door, about 30 feet from where I was standing. No, it couldn't be. It was, it was Harry!

The show was supposed to start in about 45 minutes and he was just getting to the theater! He just strode into the lobby and headed toward the aisle. There weren't many people in the lobby, so few of us realized it was him. One guy asked him if he was Harry Chapin and Harry said yes and, shook his hand, and the guy told Harry how much he enjoyed his music. Harry was very gracious, and thanked him, but it was pretty obvious he needed to get backstage, I don't think he even broke his stride.

I forgot about the people I had been looking for, and hightailed it back to my seat. My Mom had gone to the show with me. She didn't know Harry Chapin from Adam, but she didn't want me to go alone, and when I bought the ticket, I didn't know anyone from work was was going. Our seats were near the back of the theater, so I didn't have far to go, even so, Harry, must have been walking really fast because he had disappeared.

"Did you see the guy walk by with the guitar?", I excitedly ask my Mom.

She looked at me blankly, and then said, "Oh, well, sort of, just from the back, I didn't get a very good look at him, why?"



Totally deflated, I now explain, who Harry is, that he is the person we are there to see, and that he has just arrived through the FRONT door.

The show starts, Harry, with no introduction, just walks out onto the stage. After the first song, my Mom is a convert! :-)

By the end of the show she's a full fledged fan.

I was running low on cash when he came back through town a year or so later. I didn't go to that show, I didn't know he was cutting a new live album and was recording part of it here. I wish I had gone. I hear he sang a new ending to "Bananas" that night.

It wasn't long after that, that we heard the news about the accident...


...it sucks.

Current Mood: Reflective
Saturday, November 27th, 2004
12:57 pm
Mr Tanner
With Christmas around the corner, I was thinking about Christmas music.

If you listen to what Mr. Tanner is singing in the background of the song, you hear:

"Fall on your knees,
And hear the angel's voices.
Ohhh night divine,
oh night, oh night divine."

As a child I never understood why I liked the christmas song "Oh Holy Night" so much.
It is one of the most beautiful christmas songs there is, packed with emotion and imagery. It screams of hope and forgiveness, joy and peace. I love that he used it in this song.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, November 26th, 2004
12:16 pm
I figured that you all would appreciate this:
harry chapin is love
brought to you by the isLove Generator

Normally I don't post memes in communities (and I never have in this one) but I was just so enthused by this that I had to share it!

(x-posted to my personal journal)

Friday, November 19th, 2004
2:56 am
favorite song...
what is your favorite harry song?

mine is "there only was one choice." i think it really sums up everything harry believed in, how he saw america, and how he saw himself.

if there's anybody out there, share your pick and your reason....

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
2:05 pm
I wonder what would happen to this world
For all of my friends who voted for Kerry, who are afraid of what is happening in the US, who need some comfort right about now:

Oh well I wonder
Yes I wonder
What would happen
What would happen to this world
Well I wonder what would happen to this world

Now if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
Well I wonder what would happen to this world

And if a woman
She used a life TIME
As something more than
Some man's servant mother wife time
Well I wonder what would happen to this world

Oh well I wonder
Yes I wonder
Oh yes I wonder
'Bout what would happen
What would happen to this world
Well I wonder what would happen to this world

As I look around us
There's such strange things
There's muggers and there's jugglers
And we are led by clowns
If an answer ever found us
Would we change things
Or are we just a people
Rotten ready for the ground

And if our future
Lies on the final line
Are we brave enough
To see the signals and the signs
I wonder what would happen to this world

We see the people
We see them marchin' down
Do we join the parade
Or do we try and turn around
Well I wonder what would happen to this world

Disciple children walk the streets
Selling books and flowers
Can they be last ones
With a semblance of a dream
If we say that no one's out there
And we say we're goin' nowhere
And we avoid the question
Is this all that it means?

Oh if a man tried
To take his time on earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
I wonder what would happen to this world
Monday, October 18th, 2004
11:17 am
First post
Hi guys...I just found this community through one of my periodic interest searches for Harry Chapin. When I joined LJ in 2000, there were four people who listed him as an interest, so I think it's really cool that now there's enough to have a community...though I see it isn't very packed. I grew up listening to Harry with my father, and knew every word to Cat's in the Cradle before I started school. I don't have much time to write anymore, but I just wanted to introduce myself.
Saturday, August 21st, 2004
1:36 pm
corey's comming
Corey is death romanticized. She is the soft, gentle, sensual angel/grim reaper. He had to be alone, and experiencing the death of his friendship, and loss of his friend to see her.
She's a "Midnight, moonlight, morning glory," who, "When she holds you, she enfolds you, in her world."
The Grim Reaper travels on a coal black steed; the Angel of Death slips in like a thief in the night; Corey takes the train.

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, August 20th, 2004
12:33 pm
today i was talking to my father about concerts he went to. he said, well, i saw harry chapin for about a half an hour. and i said what??!??!! what happened? evidently, he got really sick in the middle of the concert and had to leave. it made me horribly sad.

just to be in the same room as harry for a few seconds would have been amazing, i suppose.
Saturday, August 7th, 2004
2:02 pm
I haven't posted here in awhile
and it seems like neither has anyone else.

Here's a ponderance that I'm not sure if I've mentioned before:

I was listening to "She Sings the Songs Without Words" the other evening (its one of my favorites) and realized for the first time that the song is about a prostitute, a sex-worker. Suddenly the song wasn't just words it was a whole story.

Anyone else have an experience like that with Harry, or have any thoughts on the song?

Monday, June 7th, 2004
6:26 pm
Having a bit of a heart attack
The Harry Chapin fan pages seem to be lost.

This is like being a devout Christian all of your life and then dying and realizing that you're going to hell after all.

Hopefully the fan pages come back!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2004
1:45 pm
Last Stand
So you circle all the wagons
And you hide behind the trees,
And you try to find some courage on your knees.
When you heard the sound of taps played
By the one man band,
You knew this is where you'd have to make
Your last stand.

Did he actually take a last stand though? I don't think so. Maybe that's the point. I think it is. I think this song tells us to actually take a stand when we know its the last, whether in love or in life. Not necessarily take a stand against the other person/thing but within our own selves. Take stock of ourselves and stand up rather than slinking away and allowing the last to happen to us.

Take your last stand, don't let it take you.

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