Little Wheel Spin and Spin

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Little Wheel Spin and Spin
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Studio album by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Released 1966
Recorded 1966
Genre Folk
Length 40:11
Label Vanguard
Producer Maynard Solomon
Buffy Sainte-Marie chronology
Many a Mile
Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Fire & Fleet & Candlelight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Little Wheel Spin and Spin is the third album by Buffy Sainte-Marie, released in 1966. It was her only album to reach the Billboard Top 100. Its most famous song is the epic "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying", which displayed a native perspective on the colonisation of North America.

In contrast to her first two albums which were entirely acoustic with occasional use of her distinctive mouthbow, parts of Little Wheel Spin and Spin added electric guitar by Bruce Langhorne and string arrangements by Felix Pappalardi, or feature fellow Native American performer Patrick Sky on guitar with Sainte-Marie. This served to pave the way for Sainte-Marie's stylistic experiments on her remaining Vanguard albums, where she covered territory ranging from country to rock to experimental music.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Buffy Sainte-Marie; except where indicated

  1. "Little Wheel Spin and Spin" - 2:29
  2. "House Carpenter" (Traditional) - 3:46
  3. "Waly Waly" (Traditional) - 3:50
  4. "Rolling Log Blues" (chorus by Lottie Kimbrough) - 3:32
  5. "My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying" - 6:48
  6. "Men of the Fields" - 2:02
  7. "Timeless Love" - 2:46
  8. "Sir Patrick Spens" (Traditional) - 5:14
  9. "Poor Man's Daughter" - 2:57
  10. "Lady Margaret" (Traditional) - 1:43
  11. "Sometimes When I Get to Thinking" - 3:37
  12. "Winter Boy" - 2:11


Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak position
1966 Pop Albums 97[2]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Billboard Top LP's". Billboard. 9 July 1966. p. 40. Retrieved 22 March 2017.