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Joan Baez

Sweet Sir Galahad

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“Sweet Sir Galahad” is a song written by Joan Baez, which she famously performed at Woodstock in 1969; (though not for the first time, as often believed, as she had previously performed it on the 23rd episode of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in April of the same year) and subsequently included it on her 1970 album One Day at a Time. The song tells the story of Baez’ younger sister Mimi Fariña and her second marriage to Milan Melvin (the two were married at the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival) after the 1966 death of Fariña’s first husband, novelist and singer-songwriter Richard Fariña. Baez was inspired to write the song, after hearing of Melvin’s courtship of Fariña, during which he came into her bedroom at night through the window. It has since become one of Baez’s most... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ And here's to the dawn of their days ... Of their days

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