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Lyr Req: Dickey Said to Johnny (Morris Norton)

GUEST,Arkansas Red 14 Sep 11 - 10:14 AM
GUEST,999 14 Sep 11 - 10:29 AM
GUEST,999 14 Sep 11 - 10:37 AM
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Subject: Dickey said to Johnny lyrics
From: GUEST,Arkansas Red
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 10:14 AM

I'm trying to locate the lyrics to the old song Morris Horton recorded called Dickey Said To Johnny. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. AR

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Subject: RE: Dickey said to Johnny
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 10:29 AM

All I could find with a quick look. It's from the Digital Library of Appalachia.


Title        Dickey Said to Johnny
Alternative Title        Dickey Said to Johnson
Primary Performer / Group        Norton, Morris; Ramsey, Evelyn;
Description        Morris Norton plays banjo and sings in his Madison County home for a group of high school students from Paideia school in Atlanta. The group is led by John Sundale. Morris's daughter, Evelyn Ramsey is also present.
Subject        Banjos;
DLA Category        Music
Date        1978
Time Period        1970-1979;
Place        Madison County (North Carolina); North Carolina;
Format        Audio Cassette
Type        Sound.Music
Holding Library        Warren Wilson College
Identifier        ww07806.mp3
Relation        Song number 23 on audio cassette of Peter Gott interview.
Publisher        Unpublished
Rights        For use in educational purposes only.
File Size        3486.616 kb
Note        Track Length- 3:37

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Subject: RE: Dickey said to Johnny
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Sep 11 - 10:37 AM

Morris Norton was Evelyn Ramsey's father.

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Subject: Lyr Add: DICKEY SAID TO JOHNNY (Morris Norton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 08:50 AM

A field recording from which I made the following transcription can be heard at the Digital Library of Appalachia. (On that page, click "Access this item.") Here's my transcription:

As sung by Morris Norton of Madison County, North Carolina, 1978.

Well, Dickey said to Johnny one cold December day,
"Let's ride around the mountain to pass the time away."

They rode to the top of the mountain, the mountain top so high,
And Dickey said to Johnny, "I heard a woman cry."

He looked off to the right side and down to the left.
He saw a pretty woman chained and by herself. (2X)

Dickey being kind-hearted, he ...
Wrapped his greatcoat around her and take her on behind.

They rode to the top of the mountain to a certain fork of the road.
She wrapped three fingers in her hair and give three screaming cries. (2X)

Up stepped the seven robbers with their weapons in their hand,
Laid hold of Dickey Broddard: "Young man, your life is run." (2X)

And Johnny said to Dickey, "Before I fight, I'll fly."
And Dickey said to Johnny, "Before I fly, I'll die." (2X)

They fought from Sunday morning, till the sun went down that night,
Killed six of the robbers and the other'n had to fly. (2X)

... Dickey being tired, laid down on the bed to rest.
This woman stole his dagger and stabbed him in the breast. (2X)

Now... woman ... woman, do you see what crime you've done?
You've killed as bold a soldier as ever fired a gun.

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