Gorka Corona session
"Homemade Video # 7 is my take on the folk song Careless Love. This is a folk song with a couple of new lines, played on a fretless tackhead banjo made by Jeff Menzies. Iím still experimenting with the technology but I hope you like it!"
here for Red River Valley (April 5, 2020)
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The story of the song, Careless Love, lies between the lines. "Once I wore my apron low" to the best of my knowledge means an apron that ties around the waist. When the woman narrator sings, "Now my apron strings don't pin," she's saying her growing pregnancy is keeping her beau away. Her choice was "careless."
According to Malcolm Douglas, in the Mudcat Discussion forum: "The tune is basically 'The Sprig of Thyme', and 'Careless Love' frequently includes floating verses familiar from songs like 'Died For Love'; so its antecedents are essentially British, though re-made in America with new stylistic influences."
the United States the song can be traced back to 1880. Vance Randolph
collected a version in 1948 that was learned in 1880. Alan Lomax says,
"In my opinion mountain songs like Careless Love provided the mould
into which the Delta singers poured their free, bluesy hollers." W.C.
Handy writes about Careless Love and his composition Loveless Love in
his autobiography, Father of the Blues: "Loveless Love is another of
my songs of which one part has an easily traceable folk ancestry. It
was based on the Careless Love melody that I had played first in Bessemer
in 1892 and that had since become popular all over the South."
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