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Feb-03-2004, 10:09am
An old gruff Civil War buff around here requested that I learn the tune "Lorena" for him, saying its his favorite Civil War-era tune.

Anybody know of this tune who could point me to a recording or something?

Bobbie Dier
Feb-03-2004, 10:38am
It's (John Hartfords version) also on "Songs of the Civil War" along with a lot of other great tunes.

Feb-03-2004, 11:48am
someone posted a link, then removed it. if anything i said in reply to that link was taken to offense, I humbly and sincerely apologize before God and all...i didn't have a chance to hear the midi file, but it was really a lovely looking site, and I am extraordinarily interested in checking it out! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

Feb-03-2004, 11:51am
There's a great recording on John Hartford's Gum Tree Canoe as well as on most of his live shows, which you can download from bluegrassbox. The live versions are even better.

John Ritchhart
Mar-01-2004, 3:00pm
There's tab for it in the comando tef files.

Mar-01-2004, 4:23pm
I remember a version of "Lorena" by Red Rector and Norman Blake on their record...
Is that available on CD? It was a cool recording....

Mar-01-2004, 4:36pm
The Seldom Scene plays an instrumental version of this Civil War era song. I've also heard the John Hartford version. Yes, I suspect there is tab out there for this one but I just play it by ear.

Music was very important to the soldiers during the Civil War and Lorena was a very popular song at the time - on both sides. The words of the song are typical of that era's writing style. Supposedly, this song evoked such powerful feelings of "melancholy", that many officers forbid the playing of this song.

Mar-01-2004, 9:03pm
There's a great version of it on John Hartford's "Live From Mountain Stage" album.

Mar-02-2004, 12:12am
Check out Jay Ungar's Civil War CD -- it has Lorena and a bunch of other good songs for the mando, like Hard Times.

Mar-31-2004, 3:17pm
Hey Thanks for this thread. I am reading Cold Mountain, and this is one of the tunes that the main character describes hearing during on of his battle scene memories. I was hoping to find it somewhere!


Mar-31-2004, 3:55pm
Spruce wrote

... remember a version of "Lorena" by Red Rector and Norman Blake on their record...
Is that available on CD? It was a cool recording....

I write

Yes, good record, and I especially dug the album cover painting, with Red's F-5 headstock jutting out of the picture frame.