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© 1977 Another Sundown Publishing Company
||Kate Wolf Song Page
Kate Wolf, 1977
And I believe her soul flies free
and it cares for the weary and the lost
In the forest deep and quiet
all around the grave of Jenny Wind
Never released on a Kate Wolf album, this song is an early example of Kate's interest
in the Native American way of life. Related songs are Brother Warrior, Medicine
Wheel, and Shadow Of A Life.
Here is an excerpt from a concert in which Kate introduces Jenny Wind.
"I'd like to tell you a story. It's a true story
that happened to a friend of mine. He said, 'I was walking one time in the Placer County
hills and it was dusk and I got lost. In cutting across country I stumbled on an Indian
grave with a marble headstone, a very old one. It was a woman's grave, and they had given
her an English name: Jenny Wind. She was out there all by herself.' Then he said he got
kind of apprehensive, and sat there a while. When it started to get dark he left the
grave. He just sort of hurried away, and he was out in the woods when he suddenly realized
that not only was it dark, but that his eyeglasses had fallen off and he didn't know where
they were and he couldn't see. So he started looking in the forest and finally started to
backtrack toward the grave. And when he got back to the grave, he found them folded very
neatly lying right on the mound. And he doesn't know how they got there. And while my
friend Auggie was telling me this story I got to thinking about the Indians in California
when the white men came. How they were so free and all of a sudden there were fences and
there were buildings and there were clothes."
Listen to an excerpt from Jenny Wind from Owl Productions Archive Recording
#120, recorded at The Julie Morgan Center in Berkeley, California, on September 13, 1981.
Jenny Wind Time: :56