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Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)

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GUEST,Claude 30 May 11 - 08:19 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer
From: GUEST,Claude
Date: 30 May 11 - 08:19 AM

Hi
I'm searching to the lyrics of a song called "The Old Drover's Prayer"
from a Merle HAGGARD's album "TWO OLD FRIENDS WITH AL BRUMLEY Jnr" date of release 1999
Any help will be welcome
Regards
Claude


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 May 11 - 09:47 AM

lyrics - The Old Drover's Prayer

Merle Haggard singing 'The Old Drover's Prayer' on youtube


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer
From: GUEST
Date: 30 May 11 - 01:04 PM

Hi
Thanks for posting reply but it didn't give any lyrics to this song
Another try please!
Thank you
Claude


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD DROVER'S PRAYER (A E Brumley)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jun 11 - 12:33 PM

Here's my transcription from the recording at YouTube:


THE OLD DROVER'S PRAYER
Words & music by Albert E. Brumley
As sung by Merle Haggard & Albert E. Brumley, Jr.

When supper is done and the campfire burns low,
The cowboy stretched out on the ground.
His bedroll beneath him, his hat by his side,
He hears the big herd bedded down.

The cowboy nestles his head on his saddle,
Breathes in the sweet desert air.
He stares up above at the moon and the stars
And repeats the old drover's prayer:

O God in that heaven way up over me,
Thanks kindly for another fine day.
I thank You also for the horse that I ride.
He's carried me all this long way.

I don't mind the dust that I eat back on....(?)
As we drive this herd to the rail.
I'm thankful too for all the good men
Who busted this long Chisholm Trail.

I know it was them who had it so hard.
They fought winter blizzards and such;
And thanks for the boss who keeps us in line.
Without him we wouldn't do much.

[SPOKEN:] But most of all, God, when the campfire burns low,
And this blanket's warm as can be,
I won't worry about tomorrow, 'cause tonight,
I'm proud you made a cowboy out o' me.

Well, I lay here at night not sure where You live,
On the moon or behind that bright star,
But thanks anyhow for keeping your watch
O'er the cowboys who sleep by this fire.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jun 11 - 05:56 AM

I think I have a full set of the Brumley songbooks, and couldn't find this one there. I'm wondering if the songwriter is A.E. Junior, instead of his famous father.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Jun 11 - 10:00 AM

Billboard says that THE OLD DROVER'S PRAYER was written by Kay Hively and Albert E. Brumley.

However, Repertoire.BMI.com says the authors are Albert E. Brumley, Jr. and Rita K. Hively, and the publisher is Fly Away Music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 03 Jun 11 - 02:17 PM

Could it be 'the dust that I eat back on drag'?

This assumes that being 'on drag' means riding behind the herd, where much dust has been stirred up by hooves.
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I listened to the Merle Haggard recording and was really put off by the imposition of all the Mexican sound on a song obviously being sung by a simple American white guy, probably from Kansas or somewhere similar.   
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Why is a guy who drives cattle called a drover, not a driver?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 04 Jun 11 - 01:37 AM

while driving to the library, I realized that he could have been a black cowboy, too. The song cries out for a nice Baptists-singing-at-home sound.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 04:03 PM

the missing word in this song is as follows if someone wants to enter type it in:

I don't mind the dust that I eat back on drag,


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 04:22 PM

The composers are Albert E. Brumley jr and Rita K. Hively; BMI Work # 4744895; Legal Title Old Drover's Prayer.
Publisher- Fly Away Music.

See BMI Repertoire: http://repertoire.bmi.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 May 12 - 03:43 PM

I just came on to this site. I wrote the lyrics and Albert E. Brumley did the music. The line is "I don't mind the dust that I eat back on drag."

The cowboy riding behind the cattle herd is said to be riding drag.

There is a lot of story behind this song which was written in about a half hour. Thanks for your interest.

Kay Hively


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 May 12 - 08:01 PM

thanks for posting, Kay


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 May 12 - 07:09 PM

There is another Aussie song which I got from a Lionel Long album:

The Drovers Dream

One night while droving sheep, my companions lay asleep,
There was no star to illuminate the sky,
I was dreaming I suppose, for my eyes were partly closed,
When a very strange procession passed me by,
First there came a kangaroo with a swag of blankets blue,
A Dingo ran beside him as his mate,
They were travelling mighty fast, but they shouted as they passed,
We'll have to run along, it's getting late.

The Pelican and the Crane had come in from off the plain,
To amuse the company with a Highland Fling,
The dear old Bandicoot played a tune upon his flute,
While the Koala bears sat round him in a ring,
The Drongo and the crow sang us songs of long ago,
While the flute necked lizard listened with a smile,
And the Emu standing near, with a claw up to his ear,
Said, "The funniest thing I've heard for quite a while".

Three frogs from out the swamp, where the atmosphere is damp,
Came bounding in and sat upon some stones,
They each unrolled their swags, and produced from little bags,
The violin, the banjo, and the bones,
The field mouse and the snake, and the Bunyip, wide awake,
With an alligator danced the Soldiers Joy,
In the spreading silky oak, the old Jackass cracked a joke,
While the Magpie sang the Wild Colonial Boy.

Some Bolders darted out from the te tree all about,
And performed a set of Lancers very well,
Then the parrot green and blue, gave the orchestra its cue,
To strike up The Old Cabin In The Dell,
I was dreaming I suppose, of these entertaining shows,
For it never crossed my mind I was asleep,
Till the boss beneath the cart, woke me up with such a start,
Shouting "Drover where the hell are all the sheep"?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: GUEST
Date: 28 May 12 - 09:03 PM

I should clarify. Albert E. Brumley Jr. did the music for the Old Drover's Prayer.

Kay Hively


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Drover's Prayer (A E Brumley)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 28 May 12 - 11:25 PM

G'day Don(Wysiwyg)T,

The Drover's Dream provides quite a good 'spotting list' for local Aussie fauna.

Dingo is the local wild dog ... probably descended from hunting dogs that came in the later days of Australian Aboriginal arrival (... maybe 10 - 15 centuries back ...).

Bandicoot is a marsupial of about the size and shape of a large rat ... and the name comes from some British soldier with previous Indian Raj experience - the word is from the Telegu: "pandikokku" = ~ "pig rat".

In the first line of the last stanza, you have misheard "brolgas" as "bolders". Brolgas are large birds of the crane family - grus rubicundis - the idea of them dancing a 'quadrille' (e.g. - The Lancers) is covered in replies - some distance above.

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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