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Lyr Req: I Saw a Man at the Close of Day (Grayson)

10stringer 10 Sep 09 - 11:31 PM
12-stringer 11 Sep 09 - 12:58 AM
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10stringer 12 Sep 09 - 02:15 PM
Jim Dixon 14 Sep 09 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: I saw a man at the close of day
From: 10stringer
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 11:31 PM

Hi I'm new here. I jam with some friends who do this song, and I know the chords but not the lyrics. Can anyone post the lyrics please? Thx.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I SAW A MAN AT THE CLOSE OF DAY
From: 12-stringer
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 12:58 AM

I saw a man at the close of day
Standing in the grocery door
His eyes were sunk, his lips were parched
And more and more

His little boy stood by his side
And to him he said father
Mother's sick at home
And sister cries for bread

Solo

He turned around, walked through the door
Staggered up to the bar
And unto the landlord said
Just give me one last pour

I passed there by in about a year
And a crowd stood around the door
I asked the reason why they said,
That drunkard is no more

Solo

Just then a hearse drew slowly by
No mother, no children near
He had gone on long before
And left this world of care.

Come all ye jolly dram drinkers
From this a warning take
And quit your overflowing bowl
Before it is too late

Yesterday upon the stair
I saw a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
I wish that man would go away.


from http://www.hotlyrics.net/lyrics/D/Doc_Watson/I_Saw_A_Man_At_The_Close_Of_The_Day.html

Never heard the Doc Watson version, and don't know if he uses that silly-ass last stanza. Except for that, it goes back to G B Grayson's 78 from the late 20s.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I saw a man at the close of day
From: 12-stringer
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 04:24 AM

Re-reading this transcript, it seems a little sloppy to me. I haven't heard the song in 15 or 20 years, haven't sung it in closer to 30, but these emendations seem called for:

verse 1:
Last line is I viewed him o'er and o'er

verse 3:
last two lines should be
And I heard him tell the landlord there
Just give me one dram more


verse 5
last two lines should be something like
They'd gone to seek a better life
And quit this world of care


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I saw a man at the close of day
From: 10stringer
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 02:15 PM

Thank you 12-stringer! I appreciate it. :)

Ed


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DRUNKARD (1829)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 01:22 PM

I SAW A MAN AT THE CLOSE OF DAY was recorded by G. B. Grayson & Henry Whitter in 1929. It is usually credited to G. B. Grayson; HOWEVER, I found this, in The Ariel: A Literary and Critical Gazette, (Philadelphia: Edmund Morris, Vol. 2, No. 22, Feb 21, 1829), page 174:

Essays, sermons, and lectures on intemperance, are a mere drug; there is no turning over a newspaper of any kind but you may find a dozen. Yet they ought not to be read the less, or their recommendations more slightly regarded. The ground which their authors assume, has been gone ever an hundred times before; so that to make people read them, some novelty, or some peculiarly captivating style must be adopted, like the heading to our lottery advertisements. The writer of the following lines has adopted this plan. There is a little novelty in his manner, and a good deal of beauty in his style—enough, at least, to make his worn-out subject of intemperance quite bearable. The piece is taken from The Southron, a paper but recently established in one of the southern states.

THE DRUNKARD.

I saw him, 'twas at dawn of day,
Before an ale-house door;
His eyes were sunk, his lips were parch'd,
I view'd him o'er and o'er.
His infant boy clung to his side,
And lisping to him, said,
"Come father—mother's sick at home;
And sister cries for bread."

He trembling rose and stagger'd in,
As oft he'd done before,
And to the landlord faultering said,
"Come, give us one glass more."
The host complies—his purple lips
Now press the venom'd bowl;
He drinks—whilst wife and children starve,
To ruin sends his soul.

A year elaps'd—I pass'd that way—
A crowd stood at the door—
I ask'd the cause, when one replied,
"Ned Hawkins is no more."
I saw his fun'ral move along,
No wife nor child was there—
They, too, had join'd their mother earth,
And left this world of care.

Reflect! ye vot'ries of the bowl—
Know ye 'tis heaven's decree,
"Ye ne'er shall taste eternal life,
Lest from the bowl you flee."
Reflect! ere wife and children mourn,
Fly from the ale-house, fly!
Or you'll, like Ned, neglected live,
Like him, neglected die.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Saw a Man at the Close of Day (Grayson)
From: GUEST,Dave Salamone
Date: 30 Jun 10 - 10:46 AM

Hello:

I would appreciate it if someone could post the guitar chords for, "I saw a Man at the Close of Day" Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Saw a Man at the Close of Day (Grayson)
From: GUEST,Peter R. Snell
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 01:59 PM

Here are the lyrics as Grayson and Whitter sang them in 1929. They differ quite a bit from the original lyrics offered in this thread.

Grayson and Whitter version use some of the more colourful words from the 1829 gazette piece above that Jim Dixon found (note words like "faultering" etc.) I'll certainly steal some of this to adapt my performed version!

Doc Watson follows the version below fairly closely, but doesn't sing the verse about the drunk going into the bar. The "vile murder" bit seems to be G&W's; Doc uses it.

G&W play this in G. Doc plays it in D (he delays his last A7 chord a couple of beats as compared with the below.)

Contemporary musician Mark Graham has a fine version of this (in D) on his Old Time Harmonica album.   

The G&W version can be found here:
http://www.archive.org/details/GraysonAndWhitter-01-20

I Saw a Man at the Close of Day
Grayson/Whitter version

Key: G

(Fiddle solo opening)

   G                      | G
I saw a man at the close of day
             | C                         | D7
Standing round the grocery door
      | C                         | G
His eyes were sunk, his lips were parched
          | D7                       | G (Single-not bass guitar run: G-E-D-B-G)
And I viewed him o'er and o'er.

His lit-tle son stood by his side
And unto him he said
Oh Father, Mother's sick at home
And sister cries fer bread

He turned around, went in at the door
He staggered up to the bar
And faultering unto the landlord said
Just give me one glass more.

(Fiddle solo, with spoken bit at the opening: "Take warning girls")

A year or so I passed thereby
And a crowd stood round the door
I asked the reason, one replied,
Why, the drunkard is no more.

Just then a hearse moved slowly ["slow-ah"] by
No wife or children near
They'd gone before this vile murder
And left this world of care.

(Solo. Intro spoken: "Take warning girls and don't marry a drunkard.")

Come all you jolly dram drinkers
By this a warning take
And quit the overflowing bowl
Before it is too late.

Cheers,
Peter R. Snell
Choking Hazard Orchestra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I Saw a Man at the Close of Day (Grayson)
From: Marion in Cornwall
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 08:51 AM

Appalachian duo,Jeni Hankins and Billy Kemp have a version of this song on their cd 'Longing for Heaven'. You can listen to it by following this link Jeni & Billy and clicking on the Listen and Lyrics page.

Hope you enjoy it

Marion


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