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Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher/Roll On Jamaica

GUEST,redpeacock 25 Oct 08 - 05:58 PM
Geoff the Duck 26 Oct 08 - 02:57 PM
Mrs.Duck 26 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Oct 08 - 03:13 PM
Jim Dixon 27 Oct 08 - 09:22 PM
Art Thieme 28 Oct 08 - 02:27 PM
Mrs.Duck 28 Oct 08 - 05:17 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: GUEST,redpeacock
Date: 25 Oct 08 - 05:58 PM

Agnes on the Cowcatcher is a Tanglefoot song, I'm told, done in a medly with another tune (possibly instrumental) Roll On Jamaica (which I think is a reference to the name of a train. (I searched the database for both.)

It's about Lady Agnes MacDonald, Canada's first first-lady who, when going through the Rocky Mountains insisted on riding on the cowcatcher to take in the full splendour of the land.

I'd only learned about that last year when I went to the Rockies with my sister. Imagine my when I was showing some of my American friends photos from the trip and one had a black & white cut out of Lady Agnes and before I said anything about the picture my friend exclaimed 'it's Agnes on the cowcatcher!' I was flabbergasted, and they told me about the song.

I know I can track down the CD, but until I have new bifocals it would be lovely if someone could supply the lyrics. And it would be new for Mudcat. (Chords are always a bonus.)

By the by, this a delightful side. I'm new here. Those same friends who knew about Agnes put me on to it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 02:57 PM

All the lyrics from Tanglefoots songs can be found here.
Tanglefoot Lyrics


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROLL ON JAMAICA (Al Parrish)
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 03:01 PM

ROLL ON JAMAICA
(written by Al Parrish)


The words of John MacDonald were eloquent and plain
To bind this land and people, our country needs a train

First time I saw Agnes, she was waiting for a train
Standing on the platform in the warm Jamaican rain
She said "All my life it's been my dream to sit where I can see
Everything that lies ahead and what's in store for me
So why should I sit back and let the world's beauty pass?
One day I will sit in front, look ahead at last"

Chorus

Roll on Jamaica, roll 'cross this land
Carrying Agnes and John
Roll on Jamaica, while she looks ahead
The Old Man behind her dreams on

The next time I saw Agnes, she was riding with John A.
Through the forest, 'cross the shield, on that Jamaica train
While lying in his coach in back, he dreamed twin silver threads
To hold this land together. And then young Agnes said,
"Why do you sit back so all you see is where we've been?
Out before the engine is where I will see my dream"

Chorus

Next day on the cowcatcher I saw Agnes take her seat
Survey the golden prairies and the foothills where they meet
The blue Canadian Rockies and then the western sea
She asks if John will join her, he says "Come and sit with me"
With his eyes closed he paints for her the promise of his land
One Dominion bonded by a pair of silver bands

Chorus

Last time I saw Agnes, she was riding with Sir John
She was dressed in black for mourning, the tired Old Man was gone
Past the factories, farms and towns, made that last slow ride
Saw the people, young and old, who watched with grief and pride
She sees more than scenery, as he had always known
She sees his land united as Jamaica rolls them home.

Chorus
Chorus



The song is Roll on Jamaica and the tune is Agnes on the Cowcatcher


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Oct 08 - 03:13 PM

Brief bio of Agnes MacDonald in Wikipedia-
MacDonald


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Oct 08 - 09:22 PM

I think Mrs. Duck meant to say:

"The song is Roll on Jamaica and the album is Agnes on the Cowcatcher."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: Art Thieme
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 02:27 PM

Amtrak is putting cowcatchers on the rear ends of trains now. Why? They are so slow it will keep the animals from boarding the trains and trampling passengers.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Agnes on the Cowcatcher
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 28 Oct 08 - 05:17 PM

Actually no I didn't. The album is called Agnes on the Cowcatcher but this is also the name of the tune that is played as an instrumental at the end of Roll on Jamaica.


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