A Letter from Annie Londonderry's Granddaughter

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This song is a BONUS TRACK for evalyn's album SPIN. It's free to download!

A few months after i released the SPIN album, I received from the granddaughter of Annie Londonderry (the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1895, and subject of my song, The Ballad of Annie Londonderry). Annie's granddaughter Mary had heard my song, and wrote (a very interesting and moving) letter to thank me.

With her permission, I adapted the lyrics from her letter to create a new song, which has become part of the show. People have been asking for the song...so here it is.

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Dear Evalyn Parry,

My grandmother was Annie Londonderry
My cousin Peter sent me your CD.
I have just finished listening to your ballad about Annie,
And I want to tell you what it did for me.

I had a loving relationship with my grandmother.
She died when I was sixteen. But unfortunately for her children,
the repercussions of her exploits were not always of a positive nature,
and until today, I have struggled to be free
of resentment for the impact of her journey on my family.

But they say not to give up on anything, as one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle,
They say not to give up anything

Sure enough your Ballad about Annie made me realize, finally,
the significance of her journey to the future emancipation of women

(Until today, I have struggled to be free)

The universe clearly moves forward with its own priorities.

And I am grateful to you for this opportunity to learn that it is NOT JUST ABOUT ME.

They say not to give up on anything, as one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle,
They say not to give up anything

They say not to give up on anything, as one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle
They say not to give up on anything: one might miss the miracle,
They say not to give up anything

Sincerely and Gratefully,

Mary

credits

from SPIN, track released April 20, 2013
Music by evalyn parry, Lyrics taken from a letter by Mary Goldiner, adapted by evalyn parry, c 2013 (SOCAN). Featuring evalyn parry on guitar and lead vocal, Brad Hart on the Bicycle (1972 CCM Galaxie) and background vocals. Produced by Don Kerr, evalyn parry and Brad Hart

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evalyn parry Toronto, Ontario

Award-winning Canadian songwriter, spoken word artist and theatre creator evalyn parry's genre-bending performances explore a powerful vision of social change. She's been featured at music, storytelling, pride, poetry, and theatre festivals all over the continent, taking her unique perspective on the world and transforming it into art that spans genres, genders and generations. ... more

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