Barbara Sings For Life (Lazarus no #) 1973



She did it again – wow this gal is good! An even better follow-up, with songs celebrating the gift of life (in response to the then-recent Supreme Court decision on abortion). Now she’s reminding me a little of Marj Snyder. A simple and pure folk sound with acoustic guitars, electric bass, cello, bells and drums. I even dig the two live songs with the eight kids known as the Lollipop Express Chorus (‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Joy In My Heart’). Mostly original songs, plus a cover of ‘He Ain’t Heavy’. The outstanding track would have to be ‘Song Of The Unborn’ – an eerie lamentation expressing longing for life from the perspective of an unborn child, sung, hummed and hauntingly murmured by Barbara while backed by minor-key dulcimer and the sound of a heartbeat. Also some beautiful delicate acoustic ballads, specifically ‘Life Is Like A Carousel’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘Song For Life’. The latter song was selected for Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From The Canyon, a 2006 compilation CD of obscure female folksinger private press recordings.   (The Archivist, 4th edition  by Ken Scott).





Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Shine, Shine, Shine4:26
1-2Song For Life4:15
1-3Hold My Hand3:52
1-4Hold On3:53
1-5Song For Unborn4:18
2-1Joy In My Heart6:56
2-2Life Is Like A Carousel3:18
2-3Sounds Of Love3:05
2-5He Ain’t Heavy4:20