Through a Window

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Through A Window
Studio album by Patrick Sky
Released 1985
Genre Folk
Label Shanachie
Patrick Sky chronology
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Through A Window
Down to Us
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Through A Window is the seventh album by Patrick Sky, recorded in 1985.

Track listing[edit]

Side A[edit]

  • 1." San Francisco Bay Blues"
    • I'll never forget Jesse Fuller playing his Foot-Della [sic] (a string-bass operated by the foot) at the Gaslight in New York. He played a 3-hour set and had to be dragged offstage.
  • 2. "Ramblin' Boy"
  • 3. "Separation Blues"
    • My own contribution. I'm told it's a popular camp song.
  • 4. " Dark as a Dungeon"
    • Although this song was written much earlier it was important to me when I was involved in raising money for the Hazard miners. There is no better mining song.
  • 5. Mississippi John Hurt's "Candy Man"
    • His style of fingerpicking influenced me more than any other player. Candy Man — what a metaphor!
  • 6. "Blowin' in the Wind"
    • When this song first hit the airwaves it shocked everyone. The anthem of the sixties.

Side B[edit]

  • 1. Reverend Gary Davis "Candy Man"
    • The Reverend's style of fingerpicking along with Merle Travis' set the standard.
  • 2. ""Don't Think Twice"
    • The great Dylan song was heavily influenced by our mutual friend, Paul Clayton — collector and singer; his logging camp songs were gems.
  • 3. "Ballad of Ira Hayes"
    • The plight of the Native Americans was never more poignantly expressed.
  • 4. "Freight Train"
    • Is there anyone who plays a guitar that does not know Libba Cotten's Freight Train?
  • 5. "Louise"
    • Paul Siebel still remains one of my favorite song writers.
  • 6. "Good Night Irene"
    • I'll never forget the first time I heard Ledbelly [sic] on the 12 string guitar. I ran to a pawn shop and bought an old plywood 'Harmony". Later I used it for a planter.


  • Patrick Sky: vocal, acoustic guitar
  • Michael Shorrock: bass
  • Laura Furlong: fiddle
  • Ted Bird: harmonica
  • Produced, supervised, recorded and engineered by Patrick Sky — Skylark Productions.
  • Assistant Engineer: Ray Noren
  • Graphics: Cathy Sky
  • Photos: Ray Clayton