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World Countdown
October 1968
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I've always admired Judy ever since I first started singing in Saskatoon, Canada, where I come from. Now we are close friends. BUT in those days I think I sounded more like Joan Baez.

"Since I started writing songs, the range of my voice has extended downwards some thing like two octaves, which gives me a lot more freedom in the sort of melodies I'm writing."

"My lyrics are influenced by Leonard Cohen. We never knew each other in Canda (sic), but after we met at Newport last year we saw a lot of each other. My song 'Marcie,' has a lot of him in it, and some of Leonard's religious imagery, which comes from being a Jew in a predominantly Catholic part of Canada, seems to have rubbed off on me, too."

"I'm not doing too much writing at the moment. I'm too hung up about what's going on in America politically. I keep thinking, how can I sing night in the city looks pretty to me, when I know it's not pretty at all, with people living in slums and being beaten up by police?

"It was what happened in Chicago during the Democratic Convention that really got me thinking. All those kids being clubbed. If I'd been wearing these Levis, they'd have clubbed me, not for doing anything but because this is the uniform of the enemy. That's what they are beginning to call the kids today, the enemy.

"I keep trying to put what I feel into words but it's all been said so much better by other people. Strangely enough, a song I wrote at the end of last year, 'The Fiddler (sic) and the Drum' expresses what I feel now, though I wasn't conscious of feeling that way then."

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