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Singer-Songwriter Melanie Safka-Schekeryk Passes Away Aged 76.

American folk musician and much loved Melanie Safka passed away peacefully on Tuesday last (January 23rd 2024), her family have announced.

The song featured hereunder is more than just a catchy tune. The lyrics express a powerful reflection on the challenges and injustices people face in the political world around us.
“They’re only putting in a nickel and they want a dollar song”, and “We’re only putting in a little to get rid of a lot that’s wrong”; these words remind us that voices should never remain silent.
To this end in 1970, Melanie, (featured to perform on day 1) ,was the only artist to ignore the court injunction banning the infamous Powder Ridge Rock Festival, of Middlefield, Connecticut, U.S., same scheduled to be held on July 31st, August 1st and 2nd of that same year.

Nickel Song.

Vocals: American Singer-Songwriter Melanie Safka.
Lyrics: Melanie Safka

Nickel Song.

Well, you know that I’m not a gambler,
But I’m being gambled on.
They put in a nickel and I sing a little song,
Da, da, da, da, da.
They put in a nickel and I sing a little song.
Well, I don’t mind that they’re lucky,
But it seems that they always win,
And gamblin’ is illegal in the state of mind I’m in.
And if I had a nickel for each time that I’ve been put on,
I would be the nickel man and I’d sing a nickel song.
They’re only putting in a nickel and they want a dollar song,
Oh, Lord, they’re only putting in a little and they want a dollar song.
Well, you know, I don’t know so many things,
But I know what’s been goin’ on,
We’re only putting in a little to get rid of a lot that’s wrong,
And if we had a nickel for each time that we’ve been put on,
We’d all be the nickel man and we’d sing a nickel song.
You know, they’re only putting in a nickel,
And they want a dollar song.
Oh, Lord, they’re only putting in a nickel,
And they want a dollar song.
Well, you know that I’m not a gambler,
But I’m being gambled on,
They put in a nickel and I sing a little song.
Da, da, da, da, da.

END

Known to her fans by the performing name of Melanie; Melanie Safka was born on February 3rd, 1947, in the Astoria neighbourhood of Queens, New York City. Bothered by being classed as a “beatnik” by her classmates while attending Long Branch High School, she ran away to California and following her return to New Jersey, was transferred to Red Bank Regional High School. She graduated in 1964, though she was blocked from attending her commencement exercise, due to an overdue library book.

Melanie later studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, landing gigs at coffee houses and folk clubs in Greenwich Village, during New York’s then booming folk scene of the 1960’s. Same era saw the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem [from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, famed for their Aran jumpers and widely credited with popularising Irish traditional music], rise to become the eleventh best-selling folk musicians in the United States.

She met her future manager, producer and husband, Peter Schekeryk in 1967. They married in 1968 and when Columbia Records, who produced her first two singles, refused to allow her to record an album, she

Pre-deceased by her husband Peter in 2010; sadly, the much loved American folk musician passed away peacefully on Tuesday last (January 23rd 2024). Her children Leilah, Jeordie and Beau Jarred announced the news on Facebook yesterday, Wednesday. To date the cause of her death has not been fully confirmed, however her representatives mentioned in passing that she was suffering from an illness.

Melanie Safka was understood to be recently working on her 32nd album featuring cover songs; titled ‘Second Hand Smoke’.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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