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1st Jan 2009, 09:19
I would have him for Prime Minister.
Better than all the current prats.
I know he's got an MBE or OC or somesuch.

The last time i saw her Face.

The last time I saw her face, her eyes were bathed in starlight and her hair hung long
The last time she spoke to me, her lips were like the scented flowers inside a rain-drenched forest
But that was so long ago that I can scarcely feel the way I felt before
And if time could heal the wounds, I would tear the threads away that I might bleed some more
The last time I walked with her
Her laughter was the steeple bells
That ring to greet the morning sun
A voice that called to everyone
To love the ground we walked upon
Those were good days

The last time I held her hand, her touch was autumn, spring and summer, and the winter too
The last time I let go of her, she walked away into the night
I lost her in the misty streets, a thousand months, a thousand years
When other lips will kiss her eyes
A million miles beyond the moon, that's where she is

But that was so long ago that I can scarcely feel ...the way I felt before
And if time could heal the wounds, I would tear the threads away that I might bleed some more
The last time I saw her face, her eyes were bathed in starlight and she walked alone

The last time she kissed my cheek
Her lips were like the wilted leaves
Upon the autumn covered hills
Resting on the frozen ground
The seeds of love lie cold and still
Beneath a battered marking stone
It lies forgotten

1st Jan 2009, 09:59
I think you must be the teaboy in disguise! :p First of all buses and now Gordy. Do you perchance also strum the geetar and have a liking for Richard Digence?

1st Jan 2009, 10:04
Yes! :ok:

(But I don't know wot kulcher is doing here in JB)

Lon More
1st Jan 2009, 12:00
I think Gordy relied heavily on Ewan McColl for inspiration;

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies, my love,
To the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
And felt your heart beat close to mine
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command.

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love
It would last till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face, your face,
your face, your face

1957, written for Peggy Seeger

1st Jan 2009, 12:55
Thank you Lon. Now I really feel ill! :yuk::yuk::yuk::yuk::yuk:

1st Jan 2009, 12:59
Ah, but what about Daylight Katy?

1st Jan 2009, 16:48
From The Ballad Of The Yarmouth Castle:

..Oh then then the ship Bahama Star (http://books.google.ca/books?id=6kt7uZM9WGQC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=SS+Bahama+Star&source=bl&ots=bAFgaKd0O3&sig=SgMUgdPzi81s7JCcHeQbvPA7zm4&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA93,M1) comes steaming through the night.
She sees the Castle (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Yarmouth_Castle) blazin' and it is a terrible sight.
"Jump down, jump down," her Captain cries we'll save you if we can
And the paint on his funnels is a-fryin'.

This song preceded the one about the Edmund Fitzgerald, but it's not as famous.

Ballad Of The Yarmouth Castle (http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqTLCbogM1I).

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iquCHSkmUek&feature=related).

1st Jan 2009, 18:00
...Not forgetting YouTube - Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=r2DjqB0SO9M)

Could someone please put me out of my misery and tell me which comedy sketch show used this track, say six or seven years ago. I seem to recall a jester or artist or some other street entertainer.

1st Jan 2009, 19:33
Friend of mine opened for him many times in the seventies, perhaps he is no longer the boorish alcoholic he used to be. (As opposed to the happy ones, like me). Just sayin'

1st Jan 2009, 19:44
Hey, 'Norm,

Lon had a reason, probably, for posting those lyrics. I quite like them myself along with, the song, the sentiment, Roberta Flack and a whole bunch of memories, engendered by all of the above.

Lighten up, chum, it's the New Year, peace and love, as Ringo might say.

1st Jan 2009, 20:01
Happy New Year John. :ok:

1st Jan 2009, 20:26
Once upon a time, people like Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and Lobo accompanied people like me. Whenever I needed reassurance, a sense of belonging, their songs recounting the history and difficulties of men in years past and offered some comfort.

Perhaps it's just me, but their words are increasingly lost amongst the humdrum background of life today. Could you ever imagine Obama, Gordon Brown or Nicholas Sarkozy ever quoting anything written by anyone of the above? Like the polar bear, Bengal tiger and common sparrow, they (and we) are all destined to oblivion.

Someone, (like Gordon Lightfoot or Lobo) should have the courtesy to come out of retirement and write one last song about it all IMHO.

I'll leave you with Gordon Lightfoot's Song for a winter's night... (http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/mediaplayer.asp?ean=081227580223&track=8&disc=1). What is perhaps most poignant (and worrying) is that few people today remember these great song-writers. And that so few of the current artists and song-writers have found aspiration in their works. Another day, I'd have accused the government in organising some sort of conspiracy. These days, I just think that people don't care anymore until they're too old (to care).

1st Jan 2009, 22:02
Hey, Pig!!!!

All the best to the Antipodean Quiz Kings! I really miss your music stuff, especially the bit about getting on to Pprune early in our morning and finding all the stuff I know has been answered by a bunch of reprobates from Dunnunder . . . . :uhoh:

You had the great courtesy of including stuff I knew about as a sop to my total lack of knowledge about the vast majority of great music out there - Thank you! :ok:

Any JM stuff was always greatly appreciated, as you well know.

Have a great 2009 and don't be a stranger to the TRABBY thread.

2nd Jan 2009, 09:11

If You Could Read My Mind was used in Trigger Happy TV.

Lon More
2nd Jan 2009, 10:15
If you want seafaring type disaster songs try RUBEN JAMES*

*NOT to be confused with a totally different song with the same title by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition in 1969*
This is a true story. The Ruben James (sometimes spelled "Reuben") was the first American ship lost in World War 2.
(Written by Alex Harvey / Barry Etris)
The Kingston Trio - did not chart, but they included it on their 1961 LP "Close Up"

Have you heard of the ship called "The Good Ruben James?"
Armed by hard-fighting men both of honor and of fame
She flew the Stars and Stripes of the land of the free
But tonight she's in her grave at the bottom of the sea

Oh, tell me what were their names?, tell me what were their names?
Did you have a friend on The Good Ruben James?
Oh, tell me what were their names?, tell me what were their names?
Did you have a friend on The Good Ruben James?

One hundred men went down to their dark and watery grave
When that good ship went down, only forty-four were saved
Was the last day of October, they saved forty-four
From the dark, icy waters of that cold Iceland shore


It was there in the dark of that cold and watery night
They watched for the U-boat and they waited for a fight
Then a whine and a rock and a great explosion's roar
They laid the Ruben James on the cold ocean floor


Many years have passed since those brave men are gone
Those cold icy waters, they're still and they're calm
Many years have passed and still I wonder why
The worst of men must fight and the best of men must die



Ellen Vannin

Sna Fell, Dingwall, Ben MaCree, fourteen ships had sailed the sea,
Proudly bearing a Manx name, but there’s one will never again.
Oh Ellen Vannin of the Isle of Man Company,
Oh Ellen Vannin lost in the Irish sea.

At 1a.m. in Ramsay Bay, Captain Thier was heard to say,
Our contract says deliver the mail, in this rough weather we must not fail.
Ocean liners sheltered from the storm, Ellen Vannin on the waves was borne,
Her hold was full and battened down, as she sailed towards old Liverpool town.
With her crew of 21 Manx men, her passengers Liverpool business men,
Farewell to Mona’s Isle, farewell, this little ship is bound for Hell.
Less than a mile from the Bar Lightship, by a mighty wave Ellen Vannin was hit,
She sank in the waters off Liverpool Bay, and there she lies unto this day.
Few Manx men now remember, 3rd day of the month December,
Terrible storm in 1909, Ellen Vannin sailed for the very last time.
Chorus Verse 1 Chorus

BTW I've also got a number of Richard Digance LPs.

2nd Jan 2009, 12:03

You're a star :ok: