Des Lindberg &
Dawn Silver
Folk on Trek

Folk on Trek


  1. (a) This Land is Your Land (W Guthrie) (1:14)
    (b) The Power and the Glory (P Ochs) (1:11)
  2. Buffalo Boy (Trad. arr D Lindberg) (2:10)
  3. Marching to Pretoria (Trad. arr D Lindberg) (2:35)
  4. (a) Brandewyn Laat my Staan (Trad. arr D Lindberg)
    (b) Bottle of Wine (T Paxton) (3:23)
  5. I Have a Rabbit (P Eliran) (1:42)
  6. The Pill (T Hendra) (4:43)
  7. Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again (Trad. arr D Lindberg) (5:00)
  8. 3 Little Pigs (Trad. arr D Lindberg) (1:36)
  9. Kleinhuisie (D Lindberg) (4:19)
  10. Mommy I'd Like to Be (J Taylor) (2:53)
  11. Children's Hour (D Lindberg) (5:40)
  12. Gotta Travel On (Clayton) (2:31)
  13. Hava Nagila (Trad. arr D Lindberg) (2:51)
  14. (a) Kumbaya (Trad. arr D Lindberg)
    (b) Ramblin' Boy (T Paxton) (3:25)

Produced by Matt Mann, Des & Dawn
Recorded live at a single Hour-long Live show in the University Great Hall Johannesburg


  • Des Lindberg & Dawn Silver: Guitars and Voices
  • Bob Hill: Bass (passed away 2001)

Release information:

September 1967, CBS Records, Cat. Number ALD 8056

Sleeve Notes:

Once there were two folksingers one called Des and another called Dawn. They were very good friends and it wasn't long before they were singing together like this:
"When are we gonna get married, married, married, When are we gonna get married...." And so they did.

Soon however they grew tired of "Ramblin' round this dirty old town" and one day Des said to Dawn: "Come on and take a walk with me. Through this green and growing land, Walk through the meadows, the mountains, and the sand, Walk through the valleys, the rivers and the plains, Walk through the sun and walk through the rain..."

In their caravan they travelled for a long time and they made lots of new friends all over the land, for they sang "This land is my land, this land is your land, From the great Limpopo to Marion Island, From the great Tugela, to the Kalahari, this land was made for you and me."

They sang about the old and the new. As Des always says "There are two types of pill..."

Soon the demand for their singing grew so great that they were always hurrying from place to place with hardly the time left to say "Goeie môre my vrou, hier's 'n soentjie vir jou, Goeie môre my man, Daar's koffie in die kan."

But there is always time to relax and be young in a young country. "From the Boland to Limpopo, Kruger Park and Wild Coast Shore, Tell me, who could ask for more?" And when "It's raining, it's pouring," Dawn says, "I've waited here for most a year, Waiting for the sun to shine, And I feel like I gotta travel on."

Finally Des and Dawn decided that the fun they were having with folk all over the land must be recorded. So the CBS microphones listened in to "Folk-on-Trek", and the sound of fun being had was pressed on this disc just as it happened there, on stage and in the audience."

As Des and Dawn trek towards new friends and new fun, sing with them, "May all your rambling bring you joy." As they rambled happily ever after.

Letter of complaint:
Some people may find this letter offensive and rude. If you are of fragile temperament, stop here. You have been warned!

(The letter below is meant to be satire and not to be taken seriously, though it does reflect the type of thinking that existed (still exists) among certain members of the population -- and that is serious!)

Dear Mr Webmaster

I recently noticed that you have details of the album 'Folk on Trek' by Des Lindberg and Dawn Silver on your site and was most perturbed that you would be so blatantly promoting such pornographic and subversive material.

On 26 April 1968 The Star newspaper in Johannesburg reported that 18 year old Pretoria Shop Assistant Louise Schloms was fined R300 (or 150 days) with R270 (or 125 days) suspended for knowingly selling this record which was rightfully banned. Louise can be forgiven as she was a young impressionable 18 year old, but I believe that you are forty something and should know better.

For your information, this album was recorded live at the University of the Witwatersrand, a well known hotbed of communist support and general moral decadence, and this perversion is clearly shown by the bouts of laughter during the piece entitled 'The Pill'. 'The Pill' is not even a song, it is a spoken piece by Mr Lindberg all about contraception, a subject that should be confined to a woman and her gynaecologist and not paraded publicly to impressionable youths.

Then there is the horrifying song about black people being re-incarnated called 'Dese Bones Gonna Rise Again'. To their credit they do say that it is a negro song, so the problem should be confined to America where they have negros and should not affect our local African population, however one cannot be too careful, and you know how easily those Reds at Wits can get ideas.

'Klein Huise' has to be the most offensive song ever written. As the title infers it is about a toilet, and in the line 'it gives relief to rich and poor' suggest that a toilet somehow puts the Africans on an equal level with the whites, a preposterous and dangerous theory. One can only imagine what is going on in the minds of those Marxist students.

Aside from this there is the perversion of the purity of English and Afrikaans with some songs containing lyrics in both languages within one song, another dangerous practice. Not to mention the perversion of some Nursery Rhymes, the latter must have had a drastic psychological effect on young children unfortunately exposed to this. I also suspect that the song 'Ramblin' Boy' is an ode to their gardener.

Mr Lindberg and Ms Silver are obviously talented musicians and this is clearly shown when they start being sensible towards the end of the show and sing healthy folk tunes like 'Kumbaya' and 'Hava Nagila' and later in their career when they sang that delightful song about a bird 'The Seagulls Name was Nelson'. It is so sad that they had to stoop to such base humour to pander to the whims of those lefty students.

I would appreciate it if you could remove this offending article from your site, otherwise I will feel compelled to write to the Censorship Board about your blatant disregard for the sensibilities of their banning order.

Yours sincerely
Upstanding Citizen

Des and Dawn

All info supplied by John Samson, February 2001.

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