A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

The Best Folk Songs Come From Folks Like You
People call us all the time with folk songs they've been singing for their entire lives-their mothers sang them, they sang them in their schoolyards, they sing their kids to sleep with them.

We'll call you if we need you to sing the melody for us (and yes, we will make you sing, or at least hum), and we'll try our hardest to use it on the show.

Here are some songs that other folks have submitted:

Every so often new songwriters get out a pad of paper and a pencil and they sit down to write a great new song. And we hate to break it to these people, but here it is: The greatest songs were written long ago, so long ago that nobody can remember who wrote them. They're called folk songs, and we love singing them on our show.

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Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance

In Garrison Keillor's latest book, Lake Wobegon native Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her — he's been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussie Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum...

It's a story of Wobegonians in a strange land, telling stories of kinship and self-revelation — all delivered with Keillor's trademark humor.

77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keillor

77 Love Sonnets From Garrison Keillor:
“When I was 16, Helen Fleischman assigned me to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29, ‘When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state’ for English class, and fifty years later, that poem is still in my head. Algebra got washed away, and geometry and most of biology, but those lines about the redemptive power of love in the face of shame are still here behind my eyeballs, more permanent than my own teeth. The sonnet is a durable good. These 77 of mine include sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, some street sonnets and a 12-sonnet cycle of months. If anything here offends, I beg your pardon, I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.”

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