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Thread #2285   Message #2047837
Posted By: GUEST,edthefolkie
10-May-07 - 07:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: songs about the Kennedy assassination
Don't know if Art is still looking at this thread....

One of the early postings is the Herbert Kretzmer/Dave Lee song "In The Summer Of His Years" which Millicent Martin performed on the BBC's TW3 the weekend of JFK's assassination. The song stuck in my mind and I was sure there was another verse. A trawl of the Web revealed a fuller version:

A young man rode with his head held high,
Under the Texas sun,
And no one guessed,
That a man so blessed,
Would perish by the gun,
Lord, would perish by the gun.

A shot rang out like a Southern shout,
And Heaven held its breath,
For the dream of a multitude of men
Rode with him to his death
Lord, rode with him to his death

Yes, the heart of the world weighed heavy
With the helplessness of tears
For the man cut down in a Texas town
In the summer of his years
In the summer of his years

And we who stay mustn't ever lose,
The victories that he's won,
For wherever "man" looks to Freedom's past,
His soul goes riding on,
Lord, his soul goes riding on!

Apparently Connie Francis and Mahalia Jackson and others recorded versions of this song and it's on a BBC album somewhere too. ALL the versions I can find are different - folk process again.