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Subject: All on account of a Pinball Machine
From: pjstreet
Date: 22 Nov 97 - 09:56 PM

Anyone know the rest of the words to an old, sad c/w/folk song about a hog hauler?

I'm an old hog hauler and I drive a big truck,
I played the pinball machine till it brought me bad luck.
All I ever got on the pinball machine,
I got the four cat-e-corners, but I missed the sixteen.

My wife she called me up on the telephone,
Said "John, I really love you, when will you come home?"
"I got a load of hogs and they've got to go;
I'll see you when I get back from Chicago."

blah, blah.

My best friend called me up on the telephone,
He said (blah blah).
"John, I hate to tell you 'bout your babies and your wife,
Pneumonia caught the babies and your wife took her life."


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Subject: RE: All on account of a Pinball Machine
From: Gene
Date: 22 Nov 97 - 11:58 PM

Hi..correct title is PINBALL MACHINE written and recorded by LONNIE IRVING....


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Subject: Lyr Add: PINBALL MACHINE (Lonnie Irving)
From: Gene
Date: 23 Nov 97 - 01:18 AM

Here ya go!

PINBALL MACHINE
Recorded by Lonnie Irving
Words and music by Lonnie Irving

SPOKEN:

This story's about an ex-truck driver
Bein' named John James Wall
Before his friends blackballed him and nick-named him pinball
I gathered this story from a truck stop in Gallipolis, Ohio
When this old fellar, I'd say, 70 years old
Asked me to buy him a strong cup of coffee
And a piece of good apple pie
I bought the coffee and the pie for the old fellow
And I'm awful glad I did
Because he winked his eye and smiled and says "My!, My!"
Then I noticed in a few minutes, with trembling hands
He pushed a part of his pie and coffee back
And looked at me with tears running down his poor old
Weather beaten cheeks, and this is what he said...

I'm an old hog-hauler, I drove a big truck
I shot the pinball machine, but it caused me bad luck.

But all I ever made in a pinball machine
I'd get four catty-corners, then I'd miss the 16.

I wish they'd outlaw them old pinball machines
Many weeks they have caused me to live on sardines.

Last time I called my wife on the phone
The first thing she says, "John, when can you come home?"

"I've got a load of hogs and they've got to go
I'll see you when I get back from Chicago."

She says, "John, you know I love you, I wish you wouldn't go
Send your babies some money, they are hungry and cold."

The last thing she said and then she hung up
"John, you give up my lovin', just to drive an old truck."

I made my trip on to Chicago
I was gone two months, 'cause I shot up my dough.

When I got home my family was gone
The best friend I had, rung my telephone.

He said, "John, I guess you wonder about your babies and wife?
Pneumonia got your babies and your wife took her life!"

I lost all my friends, I can't sleep for bad dreams
I dream about an old truck and a pinball machine.

SPOKEN:
I never will forget the last words that old man said
"Oh! Lord, if I could live my life over!" and then he fell dead.

They tell me John was a clean cut young man at the age of 19
But now he's in his grave ...
A victim of a big old truck, and a pinball machine.


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Subject: RE: All on account of a Pinball Machine
From: Gene
Date: 02 Dec 97 - 11:25 AM

Hi Pat! It's been here waiting on you.....


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Subject: RE: All on account of a Pinball Machine
From: Pat
Date: 04 Dec 97 - 02:40 PM

Thanks, Gene, Thanks for the perseverance in getting these lyrics to me. They brings back memories, for sure. BTW, The last few words, "...and a pinball machine," were sung at the end of that final spoken part.

I was sure that the line "It was all on account of a pinball machine" was in there somewhere, but maybe not, after all.


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Subject: RE: All on account of a Pinball Machine
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 07 - 06:45 PM

dec 97, wow thats long ago.. love the song though:P


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 10:57 AM

Well I made my trip on to Chicago I was gone three months cause I shot up my doe. When I got home family was gone the best friend I had rung my telephone. He said John I guess your wondering about your baby and wife phenmonia got your baby and your wife took her life.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 01:24 AM

There were several recordings by different artists, so the lyrics
you recall may have been from one of those...those above are from
the version I have..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: Mark Ross
Date: 24 Jan 08 - 01:54 PM

I used to hear Pat Sky do this one 40 years ago.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,hugh Stogner, indiana
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 09:34 PM

I'm just wondering if anyone can tell me who the musicians were that worked with Lonnie on that recording, especially the banjo player? Where was that song recorded,; was it at King records in Cincinati Oh?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: catspaw49
Date: 24 Nov 09 - 09:55 PM

No help here as the only only version I ever heard was by Patrick Sky. Sorry...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Pinball Machine session musicians.
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 08:17 AM

From Allan Hansen in Neyland,Wales U.K.

Recorded December 1959 at Martinsville,VA.

Musicians: Jim Eanes rh gt,Frank Burres el gt,Arnold Terry rh gt,Allen Shelton banjo,Cliff Ragsdale bass,Roy Russell fiddle.

A great record.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Misty
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 12:53 AM

You definitely took the words right out of my mouth Pat. My dad was a truck driver and i use to go on the truck with him all the time and this song was one of our favorites to listen to all the time. I loved going on the truck with him and I loved this song and stil love this song. My dad has been gone almost 11 years now and this song really hits the heart.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 03:20 AM

The Fall did a cover back in the 1980s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJtieLG_BwI


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Michael Salyer
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 11:59 AM

I'm an ole tanker yanker but this song always struck a cord with me for some reason. Lonnie was a great singer, and from what I understand, a great truck driver too. It's to bad we lost him at such an early age. If memory serves me correctly, he was only 27 when he past in 1962. Such a shame, I feel he so much more left in him to offer in the way of great recordings. He is sorely missed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 10:45 AM

You can hear Lonnie Irving sing PINBALL MACHINE at YouTube.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: Van
Date: 14 Mar 11 - 03:12 PM

Anyone who liked playing pinbaal (I use liked as they are hard to find on the south coast might be interested in the Pinball Museum, Ramsgate, Kent, UK. They have quite a collecction of machines and you can buy change and play them. Great fun for the older members of our community ;0)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Arvadadan
Date: 01 Jan 12 - 01:50 PM

I swear the middle of the pinball field was 13 not 16. I was 16 working in a diner and this was on the juke box.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,R Burroughs
Date: 10 Sep 12 - 10:01 PM

My Dad played the electric guitar on this record. His name is spelled incorrectly, but it is Frank Burroughs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,raymond
Date: 27 Apr 13 - 09:56 PM

just me ray...I have played this on guitat and using my made up chords. I wish I knew the original chords.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,will haile
Date: 15 Oct 17 - 07:07 PM

I play it in key of C.. seems to work good CF CG F.. come around to C.. mix in some two string power cords some single string notes go down to low bass then back up


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Oct 17 - 02:48 PM

Well THIS is a lot more depressing than the song I thought it would be, sung jauntingly by a woman, about "but he racked up 50,000 on the pinball machine" !

Excellent ballad, this one, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pinball Machine (Lonnie Irving)
From: GUEST,Brian Cooper
Date: 17 Apr 18 - 02:38 PM

My favorite group, The Fall did a cover of this song in 1989. I just heard Lonnie's original today. The Fall has covered quite a number of old songs, usually in a way that sounds nothing like the original, even changing the lyrics. But this one sounds to me very faithful to the original. I'd be curious to see what Lonnie's fans think. I won't include a link but it's easy to find on youtube-- "The Fall Pinball Machine"


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