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Lyr Req: When the Dinner Bell Rings (John Hartford

bluerabbit10 02 Dec 11 - 08:09 AM
Jim Dixon 11 Dec 11 - 04:51 PM
bluerabbit10 19 Dec 11 - 03:22 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Dec 11 - 04:03 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: When the dinner bell rings
From: bluerabbit10
Date: 02 Dec 11 - 08:09 AM

This is on "The Walls We Bounce off Of" and am wondering if anyone has transcribed or knows the lyrics?(John Hartford)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN THE DINNER BELL RINGS (John Hartford
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:51 PM

My transcription from the recording on Spotify:

As sung by John Hartford on "Walls We Bounce Off Of" (1994)

When I look at this fiddle
The color of your skin
As smooth as the desert inside your eyes
Round as the world you profess not to be a part of

When I deal this card,
One of many that are capable of playing poker
Like the game we play with each other when we are alone
As a single mouse muffin on a new high-school diploma

So pulling back this lever
I start the engine like some diesel belt
From the basement of consciousness that controls my love of music
Which like my love of you shall not perish forever

And the best-loved songs of the American people, like the crowd
That dances in ever-widening circles
Around these fiddlers here who practice their sawmill movements
Changing only when the dinner bell rings

[My choice of where to put line breaks or stanza breaks is rather arbitrary. The song is just one long stream-of-consciousness. I notice he never quite finishes a sentence.]

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When the Dinner Bell Rings (John Hartford
From: bluerabbit10
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 03:22 PM

Just got back to the page. Many thanks, Jim Dixon.
What is "Spotify?"

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: When the Dinner Bell Rings (John Hartford
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 04:03 PM

Spotify is a service that allows you to listen to music free of charge on your computer—if it's something they have in their library—but their library is huge. You need to download some software to make it work. I have had it for about 4 months now and it has been trouble-free. You can't download and save a copy of the music; you can only listen, but you can choose the songs you want to listen to, and listen as often as you like. Periodically, it plays commercials. When I don't want to listen to the commercials, I turn down the volume on my speakers, or take off my headphones, until the commercial is over.

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