Friends Introduction Series – Part 2

Gyula Egyed – 5-string banjo

A photo from Nemzetközi Bluegrass és Akusztikus Zenei Fesztivál, Abaliget, 2008.

A photo from Nemzetközi Bluegrass és Akusztikus Zenei Fesztivál, Abaliget, 2008.

Our next musician we’d like to introduce is Gyula Egyed, banjo player who unfortunately only played on one album of ours. One of the songs we recorded with him is „I Wanna Be a Folksong If I Die“, an ironic and naive wish to be part of the folklore after our death. Ironic because it refuses all the traditional methods of memorial in a funny way and naive because folklore doesn’t work this way. It’s still one of our mostly played songs in our repertoire and a favorite of our audience.
I always gladly remember the time when we recorded this album „Dreamer“ in our small flat in the Hills of Matra in Hungary. Beautiful place, great inspiration for bluegrass music and the loudest thing which sometimes disturbed our recording was my one year old daughter. A little work, a little walk in the forest, a good beer or wine (can’t remember) after work. Thank you Gyula for being the first banjo player on the Attila & Friends albums, you did a great job! 

Song: I Wanna Be a Folksong If I Die
Music & lyrics: Attila Tapolczai
Abum: We Are the Ones
Musicians: Attila Tapolczai – guitar, mandolin, vocals
Johanna Regenbogen – viola
Pásztor László – bass
Gyula Egyed – 5-string banjo

Recorded in Matrahaza, Hungary in 2008.
Sound engineer: Attila Tapolczai

Album available in digital form (flac,mp3) on bandcamp as well as in CD form from the band.

I Wanna Be a Folksong If I Die

Somebody wants to be a lion
Somebody wants to be a star
Somebody wants to go to heaven
But I wanna be a folk song if I die

[Chorus:]
If I die
I wanna be a folk song If I die
I wanna be a folk song If I die
I wanna be a folk song if I die
One, two, three, four, five
I wanna be a folk song if I die
I wanna be a folk song If I die
I only wanna be a folk song if I die

When you walk around the graveyard
You can see there many great people lying
But if you look for me better use your ears
‘Cause I wanna be a folk song if I die

[Chorus]

Among outlaws, slayers and heroes
Would be a great thing I tell you why
Don’t mourn for me don’t keep my gravestone
Just write a song about me if I die

[Chorus]