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Lyr Req: The Machinery Song (Connie Collins)

GUEST,FionaL 15 Sep 11 - 10:52 AM
Jim Dixon 19 Sep 11 - 08:29 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Sep 11 - 08:17 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Machinery Song by Connie Collins
From: GUEST,FionaL
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 10:52 AM

Hi,

I've been trying to find the lyrics (and sheet music) for The Machinery Song by Connie Collins.

Any suggestions where to look? I've been googling for variations all day and it's not in any of my songbooks.

Thanks :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Machinery Song by Connie Collins
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Sep 11 - 08:29 PM

You can hear Connie Collins singing THE MACHINERY SONG on YouTube.

It will be difficult for me to transcribe because (1) I'm American, he's Irish, and I'm not familiar with his accent (2) the song involves a lot of terminology about farming and farm machinery that I'm not familiar with.

Nevertheless, I'll give it a try if no one else does within the next couple of days.

At any rate, I can only do the lyrics, not the music.

It's not likely that sheet music exists for this song; some musically literate person (not I) would have to create it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MACHINERY SONG (Connie Collins)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 08:17 PM

The tune, of course, is Eric Bogle's NOW I'M EASY. You can get sheet music, for that, or at least the melody line, at our own Digital Tradition Database.

I've inserted links to show you what I think he's referring to.


THE MACHINERY SONG
As sung by Connie Collins

[Apparently a couple of lines—at least—were cut off at the beginning of the recording on YouTube.]
To ... sweat and blood
Through diesel grease and mud,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

The first thing that I bought was a small Grey 20.
I went on hire mowing hay and I got plenty.
I cut it near and far
With a Ransomes finger bar,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

In those days sure there was no opposition,
And you could work day and night if you'd ambition.
If you left in any gap,
With the worst-all kind of scrap,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

Expansion was my motto all the time,
With a brand-new Super Major spreading lime.
With no time to relax,
Sure the navvy broke our backs,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

Now the silage was the ambition I concealed,
So I bought a double chop and a new Nuffield.
Ten-by-six trailers galvanized,
They spent half their time capsized,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

In those days, the silage was a long campaign,
And the farmer wouldn't stop you from the rain.
Not for quality he cares,
But he'd love to have stuff spare,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

From June unto September day and night,
At twenty-four-hour jobs to keep things right,
After a hard day's work in tearing,
I often spent the night repairing,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

As the years went on I bought the modern gear:
A self-propelled machine, a new John Deere
From a small Grey TVO,
To a John Deere and Barlow,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

Well, I held by for I could not see failure.
I bought a four-wheel drive for every trailer.
As fine an outfit as you'd see,
It was all there on page three,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

Well, I had a few great years, I have to say.
We could put in a hundred acres in one day.
We worked hard; we were inclined,
With great pressure on the mind,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

And then things really started to go wrong.
I kept the same old gear for far too long.
Breaking down made me so tense,
I had desperate expense,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

Now the intake of those self-propelled got slower,
And it failed to keep bearings in the mower.
Th'old tractor's gone to crocks(?).
The loader blew her transmission box,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

A right hard life and not a penny made,
Stacked up hire-purchase bills that can't be paid,
My spirit how it sunk,
Looking at a yard of junk,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Machinery Song (Connie Collins)
From: chrisgl
Date: 22 Sep 11 - 09:00 PM

Curiosity killed my sleep!

I've had a listen - well done Jim, that's one long set of lyrics.
I ran the YouTube video through CoolEdit and slowed it down - helps sometimes as you can hear the phonemes(!) along with a person's exaggerated wobble but it's useful.

I have some corrections and suggestions. My bits are in UPPERCASE

To HAVE THEYGS sweat and blood
Through diesel grease and mud,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

(Not very helpful as it is still nonsensical but that's a kind of phonetical representation of what I can hear. Moving on...)


In those days sure there was no opposition,
And you could work day and night if you'd ambition.
YOU'D/YOU'LL BE LIFTIN' any gap,
With the worst-all kind of scrap,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

(Sounds like YOU'LL but context suggests YOU'D)


From June UNTIL September day and night,
At twenty-four-hour jobs to keep things right,
After a hard day's work in tearing,
I often spent the night repairing,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

(No doubt about that on)


Well, I held BUYING for I could not see failure.
I bought a four-wheel drive for every trailer.
As fine an outfit as you'd see,
It was all there on H. P.,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

(Definitely BUYING but to this Englishman it makes no sense
In this country there's generally a LACK of outfits on Page Three :)
It's H.P. - Hire Purchase)


Now the intake of those self-propelled got slower,
And it failed ME to keep bearings in the mower.
Th'old tractor's gone to CROCKS.
The loader blew her transmission box,
But it's nearly over now and now I'm greasy.

(ME, ME, it's ME ;)
(CROCKS is correct :)


Amazing job, Jim. It isn't easy this transcription game; especially with enunciation and pronunciation and cultural and historical differences!

chris :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Machinery Song (Connie Collins)
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 12 - 02:09 PM

1st Line: through heartaches, sweat and blood

good job on the rest!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Machinery Song (Connie Collins)
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 14 - 10:50 AM

Through heart ache sweat and blood first line!! This is sang in a west cork accent which makes life hard on ye to translate !!


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