Blown Away

Back in 1973, I formed a string band with five other women, New Harmony Sisterhood Band.  We were a part of the beginning of the 70’s Women’s Music scene, played and toured together for 6 years, made a record, And Ain’t I a Woman (which is now in the Smithsonian Folklife Collection) and contributed our voice to the herstory of the Second Wave of the Women’s Movement.  Marcia Deihl was one of my New Harmony bandmates and our friendship continued through the decades after the band came to an end.  Thoroughly unpretentious, Marcia was a remarkable character, and her tragic accidental death is deeply mourned.


She was a good woman

Kind to pets and neighbors

Generous with favors

And getting on in her years

Always ready with a word of good cheer


Witty and feisty

Stood up to the mean and mighty

A rebel with a cause

She wasn’t in it for the applause

No not the applause


Now we gather together to sing her praise

From radio and podium we hear her name

All the love and attention

Would have just blown her away

Blown her away,

Blown her away


Full of spunk and vigor

Her mind quick upon the trigger

Fighting the good fight

And a lion tamer of fears

A lioness among peers


She sang the peoples’ song

Step by step in freedoms ’throng

And when clouds dimmed her view

Her faith always carried her through

Faith carried her through


She was the queen of her bicycles

Gave them names and titles

Rode all over town

With her long gray hair streaming round

Her head like a crown


Then on the first warm day

High upon her rolling throne

On her way back home

A simple cruel wind of fate

Blew her away, just blew her away


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