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Songs about Singers

07 Apr 99 - 09:53 PM
Gene 07 Apr 99 - 04:21 PM
Steve Latimer 07 Apr 99 - 12:12 PM
Bert 07 Apr 99 - 09:25 AM
JVZ 07 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM
JVZ 07 Apr 99 - 07:49 AM
LEJ 07 Apr 99 - 02:12 AM
mountain tyme 07 Apr 99 - 01:52 AM
Gene 07 Apr 99 - 01:37 AM
Banjer 07 Apr 99 - 12:41 AM
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rich r 06 Apr 99 - 08:03 PM
The Shambles 06 Apr 99 - 07:23 PM
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Susan of DT 06 Apr 99 - 06:48 PM
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Bert 06 Apr 99 - 05:25 PM
Dr John 06 Apr 99 - 05:15 PM
Rick Haverty 06 Apr 99 - 05:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From:
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:53 PM

Don't blame it on Elvis for shaking his pelvis/Shaking the pelvis been in style ever since the river Nile.

The Fabulous McClevertys, CALYPSO, "Don't Blame it on Elvis" ca. late 50s/early 60s. Topical for the times, and one of my all-time faves.--John


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 04:21 PM

To: LEJ....No, I havent....
my Email box is open to receive
Waves/MP3s/RealAudio/Lyrics
of any tribute song - about ANY singer...
I'm in the book!
The MUDCAT EMAIL address book, that is...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Steve Latimer
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 12:12 PM

Dylan's "Song to Woody"

Carlos del Junco is a Toronto Harp player who has won the Hohner World Championship in both the Blues and Jazz Categories. His latest Indy CD, "Big Boy" features a song with an interesting twist on the Faustian Robert Johnson legend. "Heaven's Where You'll Dwell" has RJ showing up at the crossroads at the end of his life to fulfill his obligation to the devil, the Lord shows up and stikes the devil away and claims Robert as his own because of the work he did on earth. If you are interested in the CD try:

www.the-wire.com/usr/art/harmonica.html

Steve


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Bert
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 09:25 AM

There was a record by Jimmie Rodger's Widow, singing "And the Evening Shadows Fall".

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 07:51 AM

Oops!

Add to your list:

The Train That Carried Jimmie Rodgers Home Bob Wills Is Still the King

John


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 07:49 AM


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: LEJ
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 02:12 AM

Gene...have you heard "Anybody Here Seen Hank?" by the Waterboys? Not certain if it's about Hank Williams, but the lyrics sure fit.

" I dont care what he did with his women

and I don't care what he did when he drank

Just let me hear one note

from his lonesome old throat

Has anybody here seen Hank?"

Another favorite of mine, by John Fogarty, is "Big Train from Memphis". Not sentimental, but a great tribute to Elvis...LEJ


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: mountain tyme
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 01:52 AM

O K Gene....I wood'a sed the same had I the think'n cap wot you has. Damn fine list'a keepers. Nuff sed!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Gene
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 01:37 AM

A few from the OLD-TIME country side...

The Life of Hank Williams
The Death of Hank Williams
Hank Williams Will Live Forever In People's Hearts
Hank Williams You Wrote My Life
There's A Little Bit Of Hank In Me
Sing Me A Sad Song Hank Williams
Hank It Will Never Be The Same Without You
HANK
Hank's Song
When He [Hank] Sang
Hank Williams Sings The Blues No More
The Way It Was In '51 [Hank and Lefty]
Goodbye Lefty
Lefty's Gone
Sing Her Home To Me George Jones
When Jimmie Rodgers Said Goodbye
Jones On The Jukebox And Him/Her On My Mind
A Girl Named Johnny Cash
Eddy's Song
What Makes Bob [Wills] Holler

To name a few....


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Banjer
Date: 07 Apr 99 - 12:41 AM

Isn't HOMEWARD BOUND done by Simon and Garfunkle a song about a traveling musician? I seem to recal some of the verse dealt with one night stands, suitcase and guitar in hand. Was it about a particular person or just traveling entertainers in general?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
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Date: 06 Apr 99 - 10:06 PM

And the medium has become the message.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: rich r
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 08:03 PM

Eric Bogle wrote "Safe In The Harbor" as a tribute to Stan Rogers.

Harry Chapin wrote "Old Folkie" in honor of Pete Seeger.

Tom Paxton's "Honor of Your Company" is a tribute to the Weavers and Pete Seeger.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 07:23 PM

Tom Paxton again, the one about John Hurt.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: JVZ
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 07:00 PM

What about "Joe Hill" and "Victor Jara"?

John


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Susan of DT
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 06:48 PM

try searching for @music. None of the categories are foolproof - they started at various times when there seemed to be a group of songs or a need for the category and going back to get the older entries is spotty at best. Under @music I tried to tag songs about songs, instruments, singing, etc. There are 128 songs so labeled.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Broken "Okie"^^
From: The Shambles
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 06:14 PM

Happy Birthday Bert,,,,,,,,,,,, From The Man In Black.



Broken 'Okie'

Live a life of 'Russian Roulette',

Running from that smoking gun.

To find the ones you leave behind you,

Ain't got nowhere to run.

If life is a sad story,

Then his was too hard to bear.

If Woody's 'Bound For Glory',

I hope, we'll all meet him there.

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie,

And his 'Fascist Killing Machine'.

It's 'Hard Travelling', Woody,

Still following the dream

Just a broken 'Okie',

Who's rambling days are done.

Won't be riding no more freight trains,

But, 'Railroad Pete' travels on,

Pete's, a tough little critter,

The kind you'd seek out as a friend.

You can tell he ain't no quitter,

He'll see it through 'til' the end.

Woodrow Wilson Guthrie,

And his 'Fascist Killing Machine'.

It's 'Hard Travelling', Woody,

Still following the dream

Roger Gall 1998


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Subject: Lyr Add: Man in Black^^
From: Bert
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:25 PM

try again


Man In Black

When I was in my teens he sang his songs
'Teenage Queen' and 'Big River' rolling on
'Sing it Pretty Sue' you thought he sang for you
But the Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

His songs have followed me throughout my life
He sang '...tie that binds...' when I first took a wife
When he sang 'Ring of Fire' I could feel the flames roar higher
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I heard he made mistakes from time to time
but his singing helped me through when I made mine
Had to fight my whole life through and he sang 'A Boy Named Sue"
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.

He sang 'Give my love to Rose' and 'Cry, Cry, Cry'
and 'Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye'
I felt all the pain I was single once again
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

But now I've found a love thats true and fine
and I'm thinking '...while I've got it on my mind...'
and the 'Ring of Fire' again is bursting into flame
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I know I've stolen pieces of his songs
but it seems to me that that's where they belong
They feel such a part of me, they're the part of me that's free
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

On the 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' I will wait
I'll come running when he gets to the gate
But I hope it's a long time before we walk that line
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I hope it's a long time before he 'walks the line'
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.


Copyright Bert Hansell, 1993


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Dr John
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:15 PM

Yes, Andy Irvine's song is a great composition. Then, of course, Don McClean's "American Pie" about Buddy Holly.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Rick Haverty
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:10 PM

Andy Irvine's "Never Tire of the Road" is a tribute to Woody Guthrie. Christy Moore sings about a load of folk singers and musicians in "Lisdoonvarda" including himself!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Bert
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:08 PM

Well so much for pre formatting.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAN IN BLACK
From: Bert
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:08 PM

Uh Oh! You've got me going now. Can't resist posting one of mine.

Bert.

 
Man In Black


A7 D G D
When I was in my teens he sang his songs
A7
'Teenage Queen' and 'Big River' rolling on
D G D
'Sing it Pretty Sue' you thought he sang for you
A7 D
But the Man in Black he sang those songs for me.



His songs have followed me throughout my life
He sang '...tie that binds...' when I first took a wife
When he sang 'Ring of Fire' I could feel the flames roar higher
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I heard he made mistakes from time to time
but his singing helped me through when I made mine
Had to fight my whole life through and he sang 'A Boy Named Sue"
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.

He sang 'Give my love to Rose' and 'Cry, Cry, Cry'
and 'Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye'
I felt all the pain I was single once again
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

But now I've found a love thats true and fine
and I'm thinking '...while I've got it on my mind...'
and the 'Ring of Fire' again is bursting into flame
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I know I've stolen pieces of his songs
but it seems to me that that's where they belong
They feel such a part of me, they're the part of me that's free
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

On the 'Far Side Banks of Jordan' I will wait
I'll come running when he gets to the gate
But I hope it's a long time before we walk that line
The Man in Black he sang those songs for me.

I hope it's a long time before he 'walks the line'
The Man in Black he sang that song for me.


Copyright Bert Hansell, 1993
Line Breaks
added.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Songs about Singers
From: Don Meixner
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 05:07 PM

here's few Doc,

Luke's Song about Luke kelly, Killing me Softly about Don McLean.

Don Meixner


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Subject: Songs about Singers
From: Dr John
Date: 06 Apr 99 - 04:59 PM

Does anyone know any other songs commemorating other singers (not Dylan). Phil Och's "Bound for Glory" about Woody Guthrie and Sis Cunningham's "But If I Ask Them" about Aunt Molly Jackson are two of the best I know and they curiously don't name whom they are about. Then there's Tom Paxton's "Fare Thee Well Cisco"and Sonny Terry's "Goodbye Lead Belly". Any others?


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