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My Resting Place w/ Danny Barnes, banjo

from The Triumph of Assimilation by Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma

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Another piece based on a Yiddish poem, this time the well known "Mayn Rue Platz" by Morris Rosenfeld. Known as the Yiddish “poet laureate of the slum and the sweatshop.” It was written to commentate the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC, NY in 1911.

Thats my old Bad Livers buddy Danny Barnes on the finger picked banjo.

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Don’t look for me in those tall, tall pines
You will not find me there, my love.
Where lives wither and die by those cold cold machines
That’s where you’ll find my resting place.

Don’t look for me where bluebirds sing,
You will not find me there, my love.
For I am a slave where my chains clang and clink.
That’ll be my resting place

Don't look for me where waters splash.
You will not find me there, my love.
But where tears flow free and teeth they gnash,
That’ll be my resting place.

And if you really love me with your true love,
Then come me, my love,
And lighten up this poor poor heart,
And sweeten up my resting place, my grave.

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from The Triumph of Assimilation, released June 1, 2021

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Mark Rubin, Jew of Oklahoma New Orleans, Louisiana

Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew.

Known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music. With Danny Barnes, he founded Pioneer Proto-Americana band the Bad Livers
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