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Thread #22   Message #553740
Posted By: GUEST
19-Sep-01 - 02:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Far-Side Banks of Jordan (Terry Smith)
Subject: RE: Lyric Request River Jordan
I expect this will satisfy all but the most diehard of musical minutiae lovers.

Terry Smith, who was voted by the Traditional Music Association as its Songwriter of the Year in both 1995 and 1996, wrote "Far-Side Banks of Jordan," which is featured twice in Robert Duvall's movie, The Apostle and is included on the film's soundtrack CD. June Carter Cash, who plays Duvall's mother, sings the song at the close of the opening scene, and later in the film, when she dies, an instrumental version provides background music.

The song was also recorded by the Cox Family and Alison Krauss on their 1995 Grammy winning album, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow." Johnny and June Cash cut the first version of this song in the seventies, and June also recorded it with Mother Maybelle and her sisters as part of a Carter Family album. Fast becoming a gospel and bluegrass standard, "Far-Side Banks of Jordan" has been recorded over forty times.

Terry also wrote one of Roy Acuff's last singles, "I Can't Find a Train," and the Oak Ridge Boys recorded his rousing gospel number, "Lord, I've Been Ready for Years." Kitty Wells cut "It Doesn't Say," while Terry's "Ten Seconds in the Saddle," recorded by Chris LeDoux, received airplay in markets as far apart as Wyoming and Germany. (Information from a review of Smith's Texas Roots CD for Metrocountry.)

Well, Darn, there is your answer. Terry Smith also wrote "I Can't Find a Train." How do you suppose Max figured that out? That "Ten Seconds In The Saddle" is a good'un. Didn't know it was a Terry Smith song. And with that, I think I am done. Thanks George, for resurrecting thread #22.