Lark In The Morning

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Lark In The Morning on 02/21/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 02/21/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 02/07/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 02/07/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 01/17/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 01/03/14

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 12/20/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 12/20/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 12/06/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 11/15/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 11/15/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 11/01/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 11/01/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 10/18/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 10/18/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music

Lark In The Morning on 10/04/13

Lark In The Morning
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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Music


Lark In The Morning playlist for 11/20/2015

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Lark In The Morning
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Ewan MacCollThe Grey CockThe Manchester AngelTradition
John Jacob NilesJimmy RandalThe Ballads of John Jacob NilesTradition
John LangstaffThe False BrideThe Seeds of LoveMinstrel
Joe GlazerMother JonesDown in a Coal MineCollector Records
Hazel DickensCold Blooded MurderCome All You Coal MinersRounder
Lou KillenThe Blackleg MinerAlong the Coaly TyneTopic
Johnny HandleThe Collier LadAlong the Coaly TyneTopic
Leon RosselsonRules of the GamePalaces of GoldFuse
Richard GraingerThe SteelmenTown in TimeKlondike
Phil OchsAutomationAll the News that's Fit to SingElektra
Si KahnWorking AwayI'll Be There: Songs for Jobs with JusticeFlying Fish
Pete SeegerThe Popular WobblyCarry It OnFlying Fish
Utah PhillipsThe Preacher and the SlaveWe Have Fed You All a Thousand YearsPhilo
Joe GlazerScissor BillThe Songs of Joe HillFolkways
Rebel VoicesFellow WorkerWarning: Women at Work(self)
Larry LongLiving in a Rich Man's WorldLiving in a Rich Man's WorldWaterfront Records
MagpieThe Spinning Mills of HomeWorking My Life AwayCollector
Joe HickersonJoe Hill's Last WillDrive Dull Care Away, Vol. 1Folk-Legacy
Erynn MarshallBonaparte's RetreatThe Tune Tramp(self)
The StomptownersThe Deils Awa w' the' ExcisemanKnocking the Ditches Down(self)
Leo KretznerBold OrionBold OrionHeartwood
Sally RogersRoving GamblerThe Unclaimed Pint(self)
John McCutcheonGone Gonna Rise AgainGonna Rise AgainRounder
The middle section of today's program was devoted to songs of labor and Joe Hill, in honor of his death 100 years ago yesterday.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 11/06/2015

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Oscar Brand & Jean RitchieThe Cambric ShirtRiddle Me ThisRiverside
Cyntia Smith & Ruth BarrettThe Broomfield HillMusic of the Rolling WorldAeolus
Vera AspeyThe Dowie Dens of YarrowSeeing DoubleTopic
Sara GreyThe House CarpenterBoy, She's a DaisyThe Tradition Bearers
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson HamerRiddles Wisely ExpoundedChild BalladsWilderland Records
Frankie ArmstrongThe Brown GirlLovely on the WaterTopic
Nic JonesLord BatemanNic JonesTopic
Peggy SeegerEarl BrandPopular BalladsRiverside
Maddy PriorThe Faulse Knight on the RoadSummer SolsticeTopic
Martin CarthySir Patrick SpensCrown of HornTopic
Friends of Fiddler's GreenThe Golden VanityThis Side of the OceanFogarty's Cove Music
Lisa NullRocky Banks of the BuffaloThe Feathered Maiden & Other BalladsGreen Linnet Records
The ballads collected by Sir Francis Child in the late 1800's were the product of hundreds of years of oral tradition.  As such, they were refined over time like water over a stone: story lines were streamlined until only the essential features remained, oftentimes names were generalized to common ones, and they often featured a single, dominant emotional theme. It has been theorized that each ballad retained the features that it did because that allowed the ballad to transmit some cultural value, or provide a way to talk about some relevant social more in a non-personal way.  So, some ballads deal with incest, or betrayal, or duty, etc.  In today's program guest Jon Pfaff and I dissect some popular ballads and dig into what each of them are saying.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/30/2015

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Peter BellamyThe Cruel Ship's CarpenterThe Fox Jumps Over the Parson's GateTopic
Johnny CollinsThe Goblin's RiddleJohnny's Private ArmyTradition Sound
Ewan MacCollThe Twa MagiciansBlood and Roses, Vol. 5Blackthorne Records
Frankie ArmstrongThe Maid on the ShoreLovely on the WaterTopic
Nick DowSweet William's GhostA Mark upon the EarthOld House Music
Janet SmithMolly BonThe UnicornTakoma
John AllisonSusanna MartinWitches and War WhoopsFolkways
Martin Carthy with Dave SwarbrickThe Bloody GardenerByker HillTopic
SolasThe Unquiet GraveSunny Spells and Scattered ShowersShanachie
Dean GitterThe Suffolk MiracleGhost BalladsRiverside
Barbara FreemanThe Calico CoffinChillers!
Hedy WestThe Wife of Usher's WellOld Times & Hard TimesFolk Legacy
Barry DransfieldThe WerewolfUp to NowFree Reed
The DransfieldsHornpipe: The Sligo FancyUp to NowFree Reed
Glenn OhrlinThe Hell-Bound TrainThe Hell-Bound TrainCampus Folksong Club
Mary McCaslinGhost Riders in the SkyPrairie in the SkyPhilo
Dean GitterThe Phantom StagecoachGhost BalladsRiverside
John Roberts and Tony BarrandThe False LadyDark Ships in the ForestFolk Legacy
Rick and Lorraine LeeTam LinContrastsFront Hall
I love doing the last Friday in October... it's the annual Spooky Show, with a raft of old favorites and a couple new tracks thrown in.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/16/2015

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Tobacco TagsJersey Bull BluesSongs of the Tobacco TagsOld Homestead
Bertram LevyShady GroveThat Old Gut FeelingFlying Fish
Bertram LevyBull at the WagonThat Old Gut FeelingFlying Fish
Bertram LevyRagtime AnnieThat Old Gut FeelingFlying Fish
Robin & Linda WilliamsPine CountyHarmonyJune Appal
Jon WilcoxOld DogClose to HomeBriar
Greg BrownOur Little TownOne More Goodnight KissRed House
Kate WolfMuddy RoadsPoet's HeartKaleidoscope
Linda AllenErath CountyWomen's WorkFlying Fish
TrapezoidI'll Be Here in the MorningCool of the DaySugar Hill
Fred SmallRoger & PhoebeOnly LoveAquifer
Sally Rogers & Claudia SchmidtCome Thou Fount of Every Blessing / Mountain FieldClosing the DistanceFlying Fish
Priscilla HerdmanI Remember Loving YouDarkness into LightFlying Fish
Jody Stecher & Kate BrislinMotherless ChildrenSongs of the Carter FamilyAppleseed
Cindy MangsenThe Long and Lonely WinterSettle DownFront Hall
Anne Hills & Cindy MangsenEvening ShadeNever Grow OldFlying Fish
Finest KindJordanHeart's DelightFallen Angle
Grey LarsenThe South ShoreThe GatheringSugar Hill
Bill StainesI Sang for Her a SongMilesMineral River
Different ShoesThe Burning TreeOne Size Feets AllFretless
Lui CollinsGold Upon the TreesStone by StoneMolly Gamblin Music

Lark In The Morning playlist for 10/02/2015

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Bob & Evelyne BeersWalkie in the ParlourWalkie in the ParlorFolkways
Bob & Evelyne BeersHindside BeforeWalkie in the ParlorFolkways
Jean RitchieThe House CarpenterBritish Traditional BalladsFolkways
James CornettSpring of '65Mountain Music of KentuckyFolkways
George DavisDeath of the Blue EagleMountain Music of KentuckyFolkways
Betty SmithAwake, Awake, You Drowsy SleeperSongs Traditionally Sung in North CarolinaFolk-Legacy Records, 1964
Iron Mountain String BandPoor Ellen SmithSomeday We'll Meet AgainFolkways
Art ThiemeCotton-eyed JoeThat's the Ticket!Folk-Legacy
Harry TuftHarvest SongAcross the Blue MountainFolk-Legacy
Joe HickersonThe Green Shores of FogoDrive Dull Care AwayFolk-Legacy
Joan SprungJulia GroverBallads and ButterfliesFolk-Legacy
Jonathan EberhardtI Have a Song to Sing, OLife's Trolley RideFolk-Legacy
Norman BlakeThelma HatfieldFar Away, Down on a Georgia FarmShanachie
David HoltLittle Log Cabin in the LaneGrandfather's Greatest HitsHigh Windy
Tim O'Brien & Darrell ScottLong Time GoneReal TimeHowdy Skies Records
Jerry RasmussenDreadful ShameThe Secret Life of Jerry RasmussenFolk-Legacy
Ann Mayo MuirLove It Like a FoolSo Goes My HeartFolk-Legacy
Peter Paul & MaryA'Soalin'MovingWarner Bros.
Anais Mitchell & Jefferson HamerGeordieChild BalladsWilderland
Lui CollinsThe Ballad of the White Seal MaidThere's a LightGreen Linnet
Paul Van ArsdaleTwo Horse Race / Kentucky Wild HorseDulcimer HeritageFolk-Legacy
Paul Van ArsdaleSilver BellsDulcimer HeritageFolk-Legacy
Finest KindDown at the End of Memory LaneHeart's Delight(self)
John McCutcheonBabylon is FallenStep by StepRounder
Word of Mouth ChorusSoar AwayRivers of DelightNonesuch
Norman BlakeOld Fiddler's Roll CallOriginal Underground Music of the Mysterious SouthRounder

Lark In The Morning playlist for 09/04/2015

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Ian CampbellAcross the HillsThe Ian Campbell Folk GroupElektra
The Young TraditionTomorrow Is My Dancing DayThe World of FolkArgo
The Garret SingersJar of Strong CiderThe Garret SingersArgo
Bobby EagleshamAs I Roved OutFlash CompanyFellside
Vin GarbutThe Yorkshire VolunteerTossin' a WobblerTopic
Roy HarrisThe Parson and the ClerkFlash CompanyFellside
Nic JonesThe Warlike Lads of RussiaFlash CompanyFellside
Jolly JackDoodle Let Me GoFlash CompanyFellside
Sara GreyGoing to the WestFlash CompanyFellside
Mike HardingThe Keyhole in the DoorA Lancashire LadTrailer
John Roberts & Tony BarrandRiding Down to PortsmouthHeartOutBurstsGolden Hind Music
Woodbine LizzieGypsy RoverA Night Out with Woodbine LizzieFellside
Cilla Fisher & Artie TresizeThe BeggarmanCilla and ArtieTopic
Jane Threllfall & Carl HogsdenYoung WatersWho?(self)
Shirley CollinsThe Barley StrawThe Power Of The True Love KnotHannibal
Allison Kraus and The ChieftainsMolly Ban
Waterson CarthyGrand March in the Battle of PragueCommon TongueTopic
June Tabor with Martin SimpsonFlash CompanyA Cut AboveTopic
Mike HardingThe Settle-Carlisle RailwaySongs of the Broad AcresFolk Heritage
Gary & Vera AspeyThe Three Foot SeamFrom the NorthTopic

Lark In The Morning playlist for 08/28/2015

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Vernon DalhartWanderin'Ballads and Railroad SongsOld Homestead
Woody GuthrieColumbus StockadeFolk SongsStinson
Erik DarlingVirgin MaryTrue ReligionVanguard
Michael StrangeThe Most Chivalrous SharkSings Folk SongsCraftsmen
Bob GrossmanAbdul Abulbul AmirBob GrossmanElektra
Paul ClaytonSan Francisco Bay BluesPaul Clayton, Folk SingerMonument
Cleanliness, Godliness Skiffle BandLove's a GameGreatest HitsVanguard
Stefan GrossmanShake That ThangFinger Picking Guitar TechniquesKicking Mule
Kyle CreedI Don't Love NobodyVirginia ReelLeader
Gaye and Phil JohnsonAcross the Blue RidgeThrough the EarsRounder
The Last Straw String BandYou Ain't Talking to MeThe Last Straw String BandJack Rabbit
John HartfordLet Him Go On, MamaMark TwangFlying Fish
Deseret String BandGrandfather's DaysUtah TrailOkehdokee
County DownGreen Rocky RoadLiving in the CountryFretless
Bob GibsonLily of the WestI Come for to SingRiverside
Nancy BlakeStorms Are on the OceanInside Llewyn DavisNonesuch
Larry HanksOld Man Will Your Dog Catch a RabbitTying a Knot in the Devil's TailLong Sleeve
Golden BoughThe Collaraine Jig / Sharks' Favorite / Far from Home / Maids of Mt. CiscoFar From HomeArc Music
Kallet, Epstein, & CiconeLucky ManOnly HumanOverall Music
Bob ColtmanRobin and GamblinSon of ChildMinstrel
Greg & Jere CanoteCome Out and See MeThinga-Ma-JigClone Tone
Mark GrahamHave a Nice DayNatural SelectionFront Hall
Thank you to the listener who called in regarding the John Hartford cut!  The song, and the call thanking me for playing it, made my day.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 08/21/2015

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Oscar BrandHorse with a Union Label1960 Newport Folk FestivalElektra
Sam HintonOld Boastun Was DeadSinging Across the LandDecca
Sam HintonTravelin' Man BluesSinging Across the LandDecca
Tom Paley & Peggy SeegerWho's That Knockin' on My WindowTom Paley & Peggy SeegerElektra
Tom Paley & Peggy SeegerLove HenryTom Paley & Peggy SeegerElektra
Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy SherrillFrankie & JohnnyCrazy Water Barn DanceRounder
Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy SherrillSugar Tree StompCrazy Water Barn DanceRounder
The Possum HuntersCountry Ham and GravyDeath on Lee HighwayTakoma
Hickory WindKelly BlyAt the Wednesday Night WaltzAdelphi
Hotmud FamilyPlease Don't Wake MeLive, As We Know ItFlying Fish
Wry StrawLand Beyond the BlueFrom Earth to HeavenJune Appal
Red Clay RamblersCabin HomeChuckin' the FrizzFlying Fish
Nashville Jug BandTitanicNashville Jug BandRounder
Any Old Time String BandKeep My Skillet Good and GreasyLadies ChoiceBay
Lisa Null & Bill ShuteLivin' Next to the SoilAmerican PrimitiveGreen Linnet
Anne HillsLast Days of PompeiiDon't ExplainHogeye
Woodstock Mtn RevueMorning BluesMore Music from Mud AcresRounder
Kate LongHello HoustonBigolladyRoane
Jeff Warner & Jeff DavisGay PareeOld Time Songs for Kids(self)
Tim O'BrienLook Down that Lonesome RoadFiddler's GreenSugar Hill
Bob Carlin & John HartfordM.I.S.I.P.The Fun of Open DiscussionRounder
Yankee IngenuityMaxime Blanc / Prince Charlie / Shoemaker's DaughterHeating Up the HallVarrick
Jody Stecher & Kate BrislinJust a Few More DaysBlue LightningRounder
Alice GerrardFlame in My HeartPieces of My HeartCopper Creek
Georgie Rose & SuzannahTexasAcross the Blue Mountains(self)
Pop Wagner & FriendsDance All Night with a Bottle in My HandSpark of Life(self)

Lark In The Morning playlist for 08/07/2015

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Eliza GilkysonFall Into The NightLost And Found
Rod MacDonaldYou're Already My WifeLater That Night
J.AndersonCrooked SmileJ.Anderson's Album
Bonnie RaittWomen Be WiseBonnie Raitt
The Ragpicker String BandGoogle BluesThe Ragpicker String Band
Jason IsbellLive OakSoutheastern
Anna & ElizabethLovin' BabeAnna & Elizabeth
Annie GallupThree BillsSwerve
Josh RitterRosalieLink of Chain - A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither
Ellis PaulWastedChasing Beauty
Jason IsbellSongs That She Sang In The ShowerSoutheastern
Lynn MilesMothDownpour
David BrombergIt Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To CryTry Me One More Time
Lucinda WilliamsPassionate KissesLucinda Williams
Bonnie RaittBig RoadBonnie Raitt
Alexa WileyPoet Of Empty SpacesPoet Of Empty Spaces
MIndy DillardWildernessHow to Survive a Poison Apple
Choro Das 3Entre Amigos (Among Friends)Escorregando
Jim PageHiroshima-Nagasaki Russian RouletteHuman Interesting
Tom LehrerSo Long, MomYouTube
Tom LehrerWe Will All Go Together When We GoYouTube
Kaouding CissokoAnnaKora Revolution
John Kellermann, filling in for Kurt Liebezeit, the day after the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, two days before the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.

Lark In The Morning playlist for 07/17/2015

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Woody GuthriePretty Boy FloydDust Bowl BalladsRCA
Arnold Keith StormThe Prison Warden's SecretTake the News to MotherFolk-Legacy
Hamper MacBeeJohn HardyCumberland MoonshinerPrestige Folklore
Sandy & Jeanie DarlingtonPoor Man, Rich ManSongs and BalladsFolk-Legacy
Glenn OhrlinCole YoungerCowboy SongsPhilo
Ed McCurdyQuantrellBadmen, Heroes, Pirate Songs and BalladsElektra
Art ThiemePortland County JailOn the Wilderness RoadFolk-Legacy
Jack ElliottJesse JamesBadmen, Heroes, Pirate Songs and BalladsElektra
Joan BaezBanks of the OhioJoan Baez, Vol. 2Vanguard
Max HunterDewy Dens of YarrowOzark Folksongs and BalladsFolk-Legacy
Ewan MacCollTurpin HeroBad Lads and Hard CasesRiverside
Dick WilderHenry MartynBadmen, Heroes, Pirate Songs and BalladsElektra
The Oldham TinkersBest O' T' BunchBest O' T' BunchTopic
Hadden, Rothfield, and CarrWillie MooreWhen Theses Shoes Were NewMeadowlark
Ian & SylviaFour Rode ByNorthern JourneyVanguard
Jimmy BuffetThe Great Filling Station HoldupA White Sport Coat and a Pink CrusteceanMCA
Seth AustenRed Wing / West Fork Gals/ Chinese BreakdownAppalachian Fiddle Tunes for Finger Style GuitarKicking Mule
Bill GallaherThe Wild MacLean BoysAcross the Divide(self)
Art ThiemeDobie BillThat's the TicketFolk-Legacy
Jody StecherWild Bill JonesGoing Up on the MountainBay Records
Norman BlakeUncle SamDirectionsTakoma
Seth AustenWhiskey Before BreakfastAppalachian Fiddle Tunes for Finger Style GuitarKicking Mule
Crime and punishment?  Bad men and heroes?  You choose!


Great program this morning

We really enjoyed this mornings program.  Great music and starts the day well.  Thanks.

4th of July

Thanks for the Gina Forsyth tune. Hadn't heard it before; it's great!

Fri 9-17-10 show

Hi Kurt,


Heard some very nice classical sounding guitar this morning around 6am.  I think you said it was Joe Vega or Mabus?  Unsure.  It was a live performance from 1980? at a place called the 10 pound fiddle?

Hope that is enough information to find out who that was and what song they played. 



Hi, maybe you'd like our music...


I really like you show.  I wish there were a whole station devoted to this kind of music.  2 things you might be interested in:

First, my band, Mistral ( just finished a CD of Breton and French folk music, adding a couple English folk ballads.  I'd like to send you a demo if you're interested. 

I'm part of the Bridgetown Morris Men.  We perform traditional English Morris dancing.  After practice, we go out and do a weekly pub sing, currently located at the Green Dragon on 9th and Belmont, Wednesday at about 9:15pm.  The Brit Folk show was right up our alley!

-Ian Clemons

What was the last song played

What was the last song played Friday morning, February 5, 2010?  It was a song with a line repeating (I think), "I'll go to sea no more", sung by a very familiar voice.  It was such a beautiful arrangement, but when I do a search on those words, I get a song quite different from what I heard this a.m.  Thanks so much.  Carol

playlist question


     Who performed the song "Let's have Christmas in January" which you played around 6:58 AM on Friday 12/18? They Might be Giants? Anyway, my sentiments exactly. Thanks for the music.


Playlist question

Would love to know the name of the song played at approx 6:45 this morning. Woman was wrapping about bomb shelters and marijuana in tupperware(!). Thanks.

Loved today's program

Fundamental cracks in the foundations of our world and society are rarely brought up in conversation, let alone in the media -- and to hear problems of class divisions and despair talked about in such an unscripted and heartfelt way made today's Lark in the Morning broadcast a particular treat.

Keep up the good work!


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