Peggy Gordon - LaRena Clark

LOVE DENIED - LOVE MISPLACED - In most other versions of this song, the singer is wooing Peggy and wrings several melodramatic verses out of the fact that she won't have him. In LaRena's take on the song it's a dialogue, in which Peggy makes it clear that she still has a thing for "young George Riley" - although to be fair, he seems to have been no prize either, having left her "lonely, sad and dreary". Turning down a trip to Pennsylvania, she makes it clear to the would-be suitor, "My heart lies with him and I can't forget him". Sigh...

LaRena Clark - From the Canadian Ecyclopedia

LaRena (b LeBarr) Clark. Folksinger, b LeBarr Landing, near Lake Simcoe, Ont, of French and English-Irish parents, 21 Nov 1904, d Orilla, Ont, 3 May 1991. Raised in various northern Ontario centres (her father and grandfather were hunters, trappers and boat-builders), she learned many songs from her family and developed a large and varied repertoire which included British ballads and music hall songs, country and western songs, and Canadian lumbering songs. For the collector Edith Fowke she sang a number of these songs in the early 1960s. Some were published in Fowke's collections and issued on the LP LaRena Clark: A Canadian Garland (Topic 12T140). Appearances followed on local radio stations and at folk festivals in Canada and the USA. Residing after 1975 in Hawkstone, near Barrie, Ont, Clarke continued to record, completing nine LPs for her own Clark label. In 1987 she was awarded the Marius Barbeau Medal by the Folklore Studies Association of Canada. Her biography, A Family Heritage: LaRena Clark's Story and Songs was completed by Edith Fowke and Jay Rahn in 1991.

The year I have given for all of LaRena's songs is the year she recorded them. The songs are much older than that. (mostly 19th century)


Title Peggy Gordon - LaRena Clark
Subject Social Life & Love Songs of LaRena Clark
Year 1969
Locale Central
Keywords Love songs unrequited


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