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Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers

Rog Peek 25 Mar 08 - 07:46 PM
Joe Offer 25 Mar 08 - 08:44 PM
Rog Peek 26 Mar 08 - 02:06 PM
Joe Offer 26 Mar 08 - 02:19 PM
Rog Peek 26 Mar 08 - 03:02 PM
Rog Peek 26 Mar 08 - 03:06 PM
Rog Peek 23 Nov 12 - 07:34 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 07:46 PM

Just watched a cowboy film with William Holden et. al. in which there was song called The Ballad Of The Wild Rovers. By any chance does anyone know the lyrics?
Thanks
Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Mar 08 - 08:44 PM

Hi, Rog - can you recall a few phrases to head us in the right direction?
Thanks.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 02:06 PM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 02:19 PM

Roig, Rog, Rog....
Deatail?
Story line of the song?
Name of the film?
Snippets of phrases from the song?

T'anks.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 03:02 PM

I have a confession to make Joe, I had recorded the film, but was too lazy to transcribe the myself....well I've capitulated so here it is:

Come all you wild rovers and listen to me
Gonna tell you the tale of my sad history
I'm a cowboy of fortune, a lover of life
Too old for a sweetheart too young for a wife

I've drunk me some whisky and roped me a steer
I've busted wild broncos from Texas to here
My clothes they are ragged, my language is tough
A sweet loving woman could smooth out the rough

Well I've tasted it all and I'm telling you now
If I had me the chance I'd sure do it again
But the days are much shorter and winter is nigh
And sooner or later a man's gonna die

So drink to the rovers the last of their kind
They're wild and they're wooley and out of their minds
Just a few more tomorrows they won't be around
Forgotten by all, six feet in the ground.

Not sure who wrote it, possibly Ernie Sheldon, perhaps someone could confirm, or otherwise.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 26 Mar 08 - 03:06 PM

should have read - .....transcribe the song myself.

P.S. the previous posting was an accidental encounter with the keyboard.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 23 Nov 12 - 07:34 AM

Found a recording on utube by William Holden which I'm assuming is the one listed on the soudtrack CD as a bonus track. On this version, there is another verse which comes after the third verse:

So remember this warning and take my advice
You go through this whole world just once, not twice
And while you're doing your living you best do it well
'Cause as sure as you're born, you're going to hell.

This verse was not included in the version of the film I watched.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Nov 12 - 09:19 PM

The film was called "Wild Rovers" (1971), starring William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, and Karl Malden.

IMDb lists only 2 songs for that film:

BALLAD OF THE WILD ROVERS
Words and music by Jerry Goldsmith
Sung by William Holden

WILD ROVER
Words by Ernie Sheldon, music by Jerry Goldsmith
Sung by Sheb Wooley


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 04:13 AM

No mention of Sheb Wooley here
, only Ellen Smith (Jerry Goldsmith's daughter), Betty Wand and William Holden.

Ellen Smith here, ,1min 50secs in, and

William Holden here.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 04:14 AM

Forgot, William Holden 9mis 18secs in.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of The Wild Rovers
From: Rog Peek
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 07:59 AM

Apologies Jim, last track on 'Film Soundtrack' Main Title sung by Sheb Wooley. No credit on the album though.

Originally intended as a three-hour epic, it was heavily edited and changed by the studio without Edwards' knowledge, including a reversal of the ending from a negative one to a positive. Edwards disowned the finished film as released, and later satirised his battle with the studio in his comedy S.O.B.. Most of the deleted footage was restored for the film's 1986 home video release by MGM/UA. An official DVD-R release was issued on February 22, 2011, through the Warner Archive Collection.   (Wikipedia)

A long time since I saw the film, anyone seen it lately and can shed some light?

Rog


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