Various Artists:
The Bread and Roses Festival of Music
Fantasy (F-79011) 1980.
Recorded October 5, 6, and 7, 1979.
Out of Print

The second Bread & Roses album was actually recorded at the third annual fundraiser festival. This one dropped the word "Acoustic" from the title, but it still has a folkie feel to it. Unlike the first B&R album, Mimi does sing on this one, duetting with Joan on her theme song "Bread and Roses."

"Bread and Roses" was poem written by James Oppenheim in 1912. While attending a women's strike at a textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Oppenheim saw a banner that said, "Give us bread but give us roses." Struck by the remarkable imagery, he wrote the following poem:

Bread and Roses

As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing:
Bread and Roses! Bread and Roses!

As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women's children and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes.
Hearts starve as well as bodies;
Give us bread but give us roses.

As we go marching, marching, unnumbered woman dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient call for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too!

As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race,
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes
But a sharing of life's glories:
Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes.
Hearts starve as well as bodies.
Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

It was actually Joan who suggested the name "Bread and Roses" for the organization Mimi founded. A couple years later, Mimi set the poem to music for Judy Collins, who recorded the song for her 1976 album of the same name. It has since been recorded by many others using Mimi's arrangement (see the Cover Versions page for a list of recordings).

For a discussion of the symbolism of bread and roses and its significance in the women's labor movement, see the article "Bread and Roses Across the Pacific," by Anne Learmonth, in Hecate, vol. 26, issue 2, 2000, p. 69-87.

Songs:
1. Norton Buffalo - I'm Taking Chances
2. Hoyt Axton - Devil
3. John Hammond - Driving Wheel
4. Chambers Brothers - Tore up over You
5. Chamers Brothers - When Will I Be Loved?

6. Freebo & the Bread & Roses Dixieland Band - Basin Street Blues
7. Maria Muldaur - Just as an Eagle Stirs Her Nest
8. Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein - Just a Song Before I Go
9. Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein - Military Madness
10. Crosby, Bernstein & Nash - Power

11. David Crosby - Lee Shore
12. Paul Seibel - Lonesome House
13. Kris Kristofferson - Blessing in Disguise
14. The Roches - Married Men
15. Leah Kunkel - Losing Myself to You
16. Chick Corea - Medley (improvisation)

17. Joan Baez and Mimi Fariņa - Bread and Roses
18. Joan Baez - Forever Young
19. Pete Seeger - Acres of Clams
20. Pete Seeger - Lonesome Valley
21. All - This Land Is Your Land

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