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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2008, 10:39:57 PM »
Linda Ronstadt sings Desperado too

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2008, 11:15:01 PM »
Here are the words jerry.
I'm still working on the music to go with it!

My soul has been torn from me and I am bleeding
My heart it has been rent and I am crying
All the beauty around me fades and I am screaming
I am the last of the great whales
And I am dying

Last night I heard the cry of my last companion
The roar of the harpoon gun and then I was alone
I thought of the days gone by when we were thousands
But I know that I soon must die
The last leviathan

This morning the sun did rise crimson in the north sky
The ice was the colour of blood and the winds they did sigh
I rose for to take a breath, it was my last one
From a gun came the roar of death
And now I am done

Now that we are all gone there's no more hunting
The big fellow is no more, it's no use lamenting
What race will be next in line all for the slaughter
The elephant or the seal
Or your sons and daughters

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2008, 02:18:43 PM »
Every once in a long time a wonderful voice comes along that you wish would stay around forever.

Just lay your head back and close your eyes while you listen to three of my favorites from the late great Patsy Cline



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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2008, 05:55:45 PM »
Y'all don't sound like bluegrassers, but here's one of my favorites. It's a song about what having to give up the family home place after the death of a relative. I can't sing it without getting a catch in my throat. It  won bluegrass song of the year in 1994. It's a masterpiece.

Who Will Watch The Home Place

You can hear a snippet of the song at amazon.com by clicking the preview button on
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Here are the Lyrics

Leaves are falling and turning to showers of gold
As the postman climbs up our long hill
And there's sympathy written all over his face
As he hands me a couple more bills

   Who will watch the home place
   Who will tend my hearts dear space
   Who will fill my empty place
   When I am gone from here

There's a lovely green nook by a clear-running stream
It was my place when I was quite small
And it's creatures and sounds could soothe my worst pains
But today they don't ease me at all

In my grandfather's shed there are hundreds of tools
I know them by feel and by name
And like parts of my body they've patched this old place
When I move them they won't be the same

Now I wander around touching each blessed thing
The chimney the tables the trees
And my memories swirl 'round me like birds on the wing
When I leave here oh who will I be

Author: Kate Long
Version: Laurie Lewis
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008, 10:50:40 AM »
Jerry, what a beautiful and interesting thread you have created.

Old Stewball was a Racehorse, by Peter, Paul and Mary.  This song always brings tears to my eyes as I recall my youngest Daughter, who is now 33, in her kindergarten class, got up at a school assembly and sang this song.  In front of the entire school, she had strength to do this well beyond her years.  She still has the voice as beautiful as the warm, sunny days of summer.  My girl with the voice so beautiful and clear.  Have a beautiful and wonderful day on this great world we share.  Cindi

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2008, 08:40:55 PM »
Jerry, what a beautiful and interesting thread you have created.

Old Stewball was a Racehorse, by Peter, Paul and Mary.  This song always brings tears to my eyes as I recall my youngest Daughter, who is now 33, in her kindergarten class, got up at a school assembly and sang this song.  In front of the entire school, she had strength to do this well beyond her years.  She still has the voice as beautiful as the warm, sunny days of summer.  My girl with the voice so beautiful and clear.  Have a beautiful and wonderful day on this great world we share.  Cindi

http://www.rhapsody.com/peterpaulandmary/108618_suchislove/stewball/lyrics.html

Cindi, great great song. One of my all time favorites. Thanks for making me think of it again.

"If I'd bet on old Stewball, I'd be a free man today."

Kev
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2008, 11:05:15 PM »
Now, I don't know who sang it but "Blind Man in the Bleachers" always made me tear up.  One bluegrass song also makes me weepy, "Long Black Veil".  I can only remember part of the chorus for sure:

She roams these hills in a long, black veil
She visits his grave when the night winds wail
And nobody knows but me. 
"...he maketh me to lie down in green pastures..."

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2008, 11:37:19 PM »
How about Johnny Cash


Perhaps Kenny Starr - Blind Man In The Bleachers (I couldn't find a video. )

And Kev I found one "Who Will Watch The Home Place" (It's the only one I could find)
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2008, 01:55:02 AM »
Every once in a long time a wonderful voice comes along that you wish would stay around forever.

Just lay your head back and close your eyes while you listen to three of my favorites from the late great Patsy Cline





Unbelievable. I just love Patsy Cline. That one song "Crazy" gets me crying each and every time. Makes you just think of that one unbelievable love in your life who left you.

Annette still weeping, I must be crazy also.

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2008, 11:13:31 AM »
Annette, oh now you are making me cry..........but still, have that beautiful and wonderful day, stop your weeping now, child.....things will be OK  ;) :) :) :) Cindi
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2008, 12:22:20 PM »

How about a sing along. But now you have to be thinking about how this guy was feeling. I think he is really wanting to love the one he is with but memories of another keep getting in his way. So instead he is treating this love the way the old one treated him. Can you pour as much feeling into it as this singer does without tearing up? 

Meat Loaf - Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad


Baby we can talk all night
But that ain't getting us nowhere
I told you everything I possibly can
Theres nothing left inside of here
And maybe you can cry all night
But that'll never change the way that I feel
The snow is really piling up outside
I wish you wouldn't make me leave here

I poured it on and I poured it out
I tried to show you just how much I care
I'm tired of words and I'm too hoarse to shout
But you've been cold to me so long
I'm crying icicles instead of tears

And all I can do is keep on telling you
I want you
I need you
But -- there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
cause two out of three ain't bad
Now don't be sad
cause two out of three ain't bad

You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach
You'll never drill for oil on a city street
I know you're looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks
But there ain't no Coupe De Ville hiding at the bottom of a cracker jack box

I cant lie
I cant tell you that I'm something I'm not
No matter how I try
I'll never be able
To give you something
Something that I just haven't got

Theres only one girl that I will ever love
And that was so many years ago
And though I know Ill never get her out of my heart
She never loved me back
Ooh I know
I remember how she left me on a stormy night
She kissed me and got out of our bed
And though I pleaded and I begged her not to walk out that door
She packed her bags and turned right away

And she kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
She kept on telling me
I want you
I need you
But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
cause two out of three ain't bad
I want you
I need you
But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you
Now don't be sad
cause two out of three ain't bad
Don't be sad
cause two out of three ain't bad

Baby we can talk all night
But that ain't getting us nowhere
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2008, 02:07:55 PM »
I thought there would be a better turn out here. Seems no one wants to play. Make me feel like Janis Ian at seventeen

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2008, 04:46:48 PM »
"I Believe I can Fly" by R Kelly

A very good friend of mine, who has since died of AIDS, used to sing it.  It brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it.

 used to think that I could not go on
And life was nothing but an awful song
But now I know the meaning of true love
I'm leaning on the everlasting arms

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

I believe I can fly
I believe I can touch the sky
I think about it every night and day
Spread my wings and fly away
I believe I can soar
I see me running through that open door
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly
I believe I can fly

See I was on the verge of breaking down
Sometimes silence can seem so loud
There are miracles in life I must achieve
But first I know it starts inside of me, oh

If I can see it, then I can be it
If I just believe it, there's nothing to it

Hey, cuz I believe in me, oh

If I can see it, then I can do it
If I just believe it, there's nothign to it

Hey, if I just spread my wings
I can fly
I can fly
I can fly, hey
If I just spread my wings
I can fly
Fly-eye-eye

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2008, 05:10:20 PM »
"I Believe I can Fly" by R Kelly
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2008, 09:09:45 PM »
Now, I don't know who sang it but "Blind Man in the Bleachers" always made me tear up.  One bluegrass song also makes me weepy, "Long Black Veil".  I can only remember part of the chorus for sure:

She roams these hills in a long, black veil
She visits his grave when the night winds wail
And nobody knows but me. 

That one was written, I think by Lefty Frizzel. But the Seldom Scene does an amazing version of it.
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2008, 09:14:55 PM »
How about Johnny Cash


Perhaps Kenny Starr - Blind Man In The Bleachers (I couldn't find a video. )

And Kev I found one "Who Will Watch The Home Place" (It's the only one I could find)


Well, they're trying, but they took it too fast.

The Laurie Lewis cut is worth the 99 cents off of Amazon.com if you have an mp3 player.
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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #36 on: April 03, 2008, 02:34:55 AM »
I used to write song lyrics before I turned to poems.  Since I couldn't read music, keep time, or tell an A flat from a B sharp, or carry a tune in a bucket I pretty much gave it up--seems like you need to be able to write music and lyrics both.

Anyway I would sometimes start singing one of the songs I'd written, after a boost of pain meds, and people would say things like; "I love that song--who sings it?" or "I've heard that before--what's it's name?" or something similar.

The song title is If You Were Mine.

1st Verse:

I've watched you have too many sad love affairs,
From my room at the top of the stairs.
I've heard you cry the nights away,
The last time was only Yesterday.
As I passed you silently in the hall,
Shoulder pressed against the wall,
As from afar I've worshiped you.
I think of the things I could do.
Praying that you would see in me,
Everything you want a Man to be.


Chorus:
If You Were Mine I Show it in every way.
If You Were Mine I would send you Flowers in a big bouquet.
If You Were Mine I would tell you I love you every day.
If You Were Mine, If You Were Mine, If You Were Mine.

It has 2 more verses.

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #37 on: April 03, 2008, 05:25:02 PM »
Calling All Angels...don't know who sings it but it is absolutely haunting.
"...he maketh me to lie down in green pastures..."

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Re: If you ain't crying, you ain't listening.
« Reply #38 on: April 03, 2008, 08:53:05 PM »
  One song, or rather tune, brings back all my bad memories. That's Taps.
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