Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Anthology
To call Susan Grant of Northampton a renaissance woman does not do her justice. In addition to collecting and sometimes composing folk songs, Sue is a professor of biology sciences at Holyoke Community College and author of Beauty and the Beast -- The Coevolution of Plants and Animals. She has also written mystery novels and a children's book. On the domestic front, she excels at knitting and vegetarian cooking, and with her husband, Don, has home-schooled their teenage daughter, April.
Sue was inspired to write The Shutesbury Song by a drive through the village during a family outing.
Words © 1996 by Susan Grant
Music from "Kildorreray Town" by Joe Sheedy,
(Printed in Ballads From the Pubs of Ireland, Mercier Press ©1993)
I have traveled throughout Massachusetts
Have you ever visited Shutesbury?
It' s not very far from Route 2,
With plenty of second growth forests,
There's lots there for lumbermen to do.
If you take the road north from Amherst,
You'll see many hills staring down;
On the highest of all, you will find the town hall,
Of famous old Shutesbury town.
When the people in Boston decided
Once a lama was visiting Leverett,
When Governor Weld came to Shutesbury
Many people from Shutesbury travel,