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From "Slipper DSD Sessions: And the bit goes on..." DSD Download 2014 release. FLAC 24/88.2 downsample master on BC. Live studio, no overdubs, no edits, no effects. Recorded DSD to 8 tracks mixed DSD to stereo. DSD master tracks available at

Venturing away from a pure acoustic setting started for me also in the mid-90's as I became good friends and musical brothers with a number of gifted players from the Celtic community in San Francisco. The influence of this music on me at that time was a complete revelation and return to some essential roots spiritually and musically. So along with fiddles and bodhrans, guitars and pipes came some good old fashioned R&B and roots rock sessions in the pubs and in our homes. Poor Polly is a derivative of that way of both playing and listening at the same time. Our electric quartet of The CasualTees with Scott Beynon, Charlie Natzke and Ken Owen also recorded this live in the studio to DSD Sonoma. It's not a Celtic song, but it tells a darkened difficult story on a rambling road possibly as a lost cousin.  You can download this song in a variety of HRA formats to listen to and compare.


Poor Polly (from "Slipper DSD Sessions") - David Elias

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Was it you who rode away or was it you who drowned
Was it Halfway Jim who did you in poor Polly
Or did he sweep you off your feet
And ride to higher ground

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Was there silver in that wedding dress
And diamonds on the ground
Were there three horsemen who knew you well poor Polly
Did they tie you in that chair
And bid you never make a sound

Settle down the question now poor Polly
Did you ride out with your lover straight across the border
Where's the papers that he left behind poor Polly
To vindicate your brother
Identify your daughter

Settle down the question now poor Polly
How many days before we hear your cross chain on the floor
Why waste your time with such small time poor Polly
You could have had most anyone
And struggled never more

Settle down the question now poor Polly
You hunger for the truth as you drink from every stream
Will we ever see your pretty eyes poor Polly
Or do you leave us running endlessly
Right back into your dream


from Coffeehouse Playlist #1 (MQA Master 24​/​352​.​8), released June 1, 2014
Words and Music by David Elias
David Elias – acoustic guitar, vocal
Charlie Natzke – semi-hollow electric guitar
Scott Beynon – electric bass
Ken Owen -- drums

Recorded as DSD on Sonoma by Charlie Natzke
Mixed as DSD by Charlie Natzke
Mastered by David Elias
FLAC 24/88.2 remaster by David Elias



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David Elias writes music and lyrics about living and dreaming and nature.

He takes photographs and uses them and his songs to make videos about nature and living and dreaming.

He has self-produced his own CDs and SACDs/DSD Downloads since 1995. Now pioneering MQA!

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