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Lyr Req/Add: Billy McGhee (L Drumm & P Gobel)

GUEST,pdubu 09 May 01 - 02:16 AM
Abby Sale 09 May 01 - 10:17 AM
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GUEST,Pdubu 10 May 01 - 10:31 PM
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Subject: billy mcghee
From: GUEST,pdubu
Date: 09 May 01 - 02:16 AM

I am looking for the lyrics for the song "Billy McGhee. This was released in 1974 on Vanguard label(VSD-79349) by The Country Gentlemen. The album is no longer in print. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: billy mcghee
From: Abby Sale
Date: 09 May 01 - 10:17 AM

Is that the same as the trad travesty "Billy MacGee Magaw?" If so, do a song title search on "Child #26" This is nearly identical to the version I have from Ed McCurdy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: billy mcghee
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 May 01 - 06:39 PM

ah, Abby, thank you. I found that one on a kid site--Kididdles, or something like that, but was not sure if it was the right one. Also went through the Gentlemen's discography track titles and didn't find it. There were several albums that didn't have track titles, tho.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: billy mcghee
From: GUEST
Date: 10 May 01 - 12:55 AM

Billy McGee, the drummer boy will be sixteen today . . .

That's all I remember. It's an American Civil War theme and might be a Pete Goble song. Maybe someone else can take the ball and run with it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: billy mcghee
From: GUEST,Pdubu
Date: 10 May 01 - 10:31 PM

To the guest that replied 10 may 01, Thats the one I'm looking for. If anyone else can help, I would appreciate it.


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Subject: ADD: Billy McGhee (Leroy Drumm & Pete Gobel)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 04 - 07:32 PM

Well, I have most of it figured out.
Can anybody fill in the blanks?
-Joe Offer-

Billy McGhee
(Leroy Drumm & Pete Gobel)


Billy McGhee the drummer boy, [would] be sixteen today
But he left his ma on a [run down south ??] to join the men in grey
Blossoms on the apple trees, smell of the new-cut hay
Won't be the same to me; Billy's gone to stay

There was seventy-two brave young me Billy could call by name
And all of them down to a man, died there in the rain
The people had a song to sing when Dixie made her stand
But all their lips are silent now, the Yankees rule the land

CHORUS
Billy boy, play your drum
Daddy's proud of you, my son
But there's one more battle to be won
In the good Lord's army

Three years have come and gone; I should have ploughed today
But today would mark his sixteenth year; the tears are in my way
No one laughs in open fields where Billy used to play
I've lost my one and only son, and all the plans we made.

The battlefield is silent now; the armies both have gone
And the grave that marked the battle site of fifteen thousand strong
Armies from the North and South killed with sword and gun
But the boys who lay there in the ground [fall from .... sun???]
CHORUS

transcribed from The Country Gentlemen: The Complete Vanguard

Recordings


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Subject: RE: Req/Add: Billy McGhee (Leroy Drumm & Pete Gobel)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 08 - 05:17 PM

But the boys who lie there in their graves are all one nations sons


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Subject: RE: Req/Add: Billy McGhee (Leroy Drumm & Pete Gobel)
From: GUEST,R.Drumm ~ The Sound of Drumm's Music
Date: 02 Aug 10 - 12:07 AM

Billy McGhee
(Leroy Drumm & Pete Gobel)


Billy McGhee the drummer boy, would be sixteen today
But he left his mom on a rundown farm to join the men in grey
Blossoms on the apple trees, the smell of the new-cut hay
Won't be the same to me; Billy's gone to stay

There was seventy-two brave young men Billy could call by name
And all of them down to a man, will die there in the rain
The people had a song to sing when Dixie made her stand
But all their lips are silent now, the Yankees rule the land

CHORUS
Billy boy, play your drum
Daddy's proud of you, my son
But there's one more battle to be won
In the good Lord's army

Three years have come and gone; I should have plowed today
But today would mark his sixteenth year; the tears are in my way
No one laughs in open fields where Billy used to play
I've lost my one and only son, and all the plans we made.

The battlefield is silent now; the armies both have gone
And the grave that marked the battle site of fifteen thousand strong
Armies from the North and South killed with sword and gun
But the boys who lay there in the ground are all one nations son
CHORUS


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