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Thread #10829   Message #1681676
Posted By: GUEST,Jake - Lamoille Canyon Band
28-Feb-06 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: The Gypsy Moth (Axton)
Subject: RE: Req/Add: The Gypsy Moth
Hello Hoyt Axton Friends and Lovers...

I was the lead singer, song writer and one of four guitarists in the Nevada based band: The Lamoille Canyon Band. We did a lot of Hoyt's tunes and everybody loved them. He played at the Elko Convention Center (Elko, Nevada) in the early 80's and was a sell out. I'll never forget the show.
In regards to the Gypsy Moth song, there was a lot of political feedback and fire because of the JFK references. One night he appeared on the Johnny Carson Show and was asked to play a few tunes. Of course, being Hoyt, he did. He was also asked not to play the Gypsy Moth song. He said okay...but played it anyway. The show was live so they couldn't cut him off very well. I loved it.
The lyrics to this song seem to be hard to find anywhere. I once had the entire original version on reel-to-reel, but, as fate would have it...somebody stoled it, yet, not before I memorized it. The lyrics posted by the following:

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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GYPSY MOTH (Hoyt Axton)
From: Nynia
Date: 23 Jul 00 - 06:29 PM

Lia Luachra did it on their self titled first album, on Malgamu Music MALGCD112.

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are about as close as anyone could get. I've reposted their work with corrections as follows, and, just so no one gets lost with all of this copy both versions. By the way, the music is in the key of G.

Here ya' go:

THE GYPSY MOTH
(Hoyt Axton)

Oh The Gypsy Moth is a mighty high flyer, sailing on an inland sea
And You are the object of my desire,
you're the sun and the moon to me
And I believe in love'n you and
know that you keep me from feeling blue
And you make me happy, when everything I do gets me in trouble

River can rock, river can roll
River can carry me back to the sea

Ramblin' Jack had a woman he loved, but the woman didn't love Jack back
She took his smile, she took his child, she took everything he had
River was the name she used, she kept him so damn confused
She made him unhappy, and everything she did got him in trouble

River can rock, river can roll
River can carry Jack down to the sea

Many long years have come and gone since John F. Kennedy died
I'm not sure but what that man was downright crucified
By the same bad guys still telling lies,
you know they keep us used and abused
They make us unhappy, and everything they do gets us in trouble

River can rock, river can roll
River can carry me back to the sea

The black racoon, by the light of the moon,
heard with the music playing soft and low
And the songs we sang made the night time ring,
and the racoon loved the show
He went back and he told his friends
"You know those humans who live on the edge of the forest,
they all had a party, and man they really played my kind of music

River can rock, river can roll
River can carry you down to the sea du-du-du-duuu

Oh The Gypsy Moth is a mighty high flyer, sailing on an inland sea
And You are the object of my desire,
you're the sun and the moon to me
And I believe in love'n you and
know that you keep me from feeling blue
And you make me happy, when everything I do gets me in trouble

River can rock, river can roll
River can carry me back to the sea du-du-du-duuu
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For those of you who want to try and sing this as close to Hoyt's way, well, you're gonna' need some good lungs and be able to dig for those low notes. It's a great song.

Hope my little addition here helps those who have been searching far and wide and high and low for Hoyt's Gypsy Moth. I miss that voice and those great musical stories. Sure don't find many like him anymore.

C'ya - Jake