“Come and Take a Joy-ride in My Aeroplane” by Joe Hill (words) and Lynn Mantle (music)
Joe Hill’s Last and Final Song contest winner is Lynn Mantle. Lynn actually wrote music for both of Joe Hill’s love songs, but she submitted just “Come and Take a Joy-ride in My Aeroplane.” How she came to be interested and involved with Joe Hill is a great story of activism and music passed down from her mother.
Lynn Mantle tells her own story:
I am a Toronto based singer, songwriter, activist and the daughter of the late Arlene Mantle, who was a well known labour singer, songwriter, social justice activist and worked with Pete Seeger and Bruce Cockburn and the likes. Many years ago my mom and a few other Canadian activists were given pouches made by the late Rick Fielding with a bit of Joe Hill’s ashes. So I now have my late mother’s pouch and I must say it kind of felt like I had some help from the other side, coming up with the music and melody for this song.
She is also the proud, new owner of a gorgeous guitar made by Rolf Hägglund from rough wood.
Lynn will be performing this song live tonight (November 19th) at a Joe Hill celebration in Toronto. We will share more video of the song as we have it.
Please share Lynn’s new song widely. Listen to the song via her ReverbNation profile.
Many thanks to all of the songwriters who shared their music for Joe Hill’s words.