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Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph

GUEST,Aaron D'Angier 10 May 12 - 01:09 AM
Jim Dixon 10 May 12 - 07:58 AM
GUEST 13 May 12 - 07:56 PM
bobad 13 May 12 - 08:09 PM
GUEST,999 14 May 12 - 04:22 PM
bobad 14 May 12 - 04:30 PM
GUEST,999 14 May 12 - 04:34 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: GUEST,Aaron D'Angier
Date: 10 May 12 - 01:09 AM

In looking through my great-grandmother's things, I found a Voice-o-graph record of my grandfather singing. I wasn't able to ask him about it before he passed away, and I am trying to find out what song it is, but have very little to go on.

For some location/time help, he was born and raised in southern Alabama and the recording was made in the early 1950s.

The lyrics seems to be about a 'soldier boy' on a farm, but that is about all I can make out for sure. I don't know enough of a phrase to be able to search the database yet.

I have uploaded it to YouTube so you would be able to hear it.

http://youtu.be/9jdzZ5Jl26Q

I really appreciate the help. Even if you don't know the song, if you have any direction to point me, I would appreciate it.

Aaron
imamathguy (at) gmail (dot) com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 May 12 - 07:58 AM

I can only make out an occasional word or phrase, and these are doubtful:

"… poor boy … railroad track … rails … him far from home … alone …"

It seems to have the feel of a cowboy song or a very old country song.

By the way, I looked up "Voice-O-Graph" and found this in a Wikipedia article on Production of gramophone records:

"In the past (approximately from the 1940s through the 1970s), there were booths called Voice-O-Graphs, that let the user record their own voice onto a record when money was inserted. These were often found at arcades and tourist attractions alongside other vending and game machines. The Empire State Building's 86th floor observatory in New York City, Coney Island, NY and Conneaut Lake Park, PA are some of the locations which had such machines. Gem Razors also created thousands of free Voice-O-Graph records during wartime for the troops to send home to their families."

Here is some information that might help you date the recording:

http://tenwatts.blogspot.com/2011/10/voice-o-graph-labelography-part-8.html.

Please let us know what you are able to figure out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 12 - 07:56 PM

A son I used to hear my Daddy sing back in the 1940's and have no idea what its called or any thing about it except it was a war song. If you have any info or have ever heard this song please e-mail me at (
ray.hutto@comcas.net)would appreciate any info. Thanks.

The war ships have landed and I came a shore.
The fighting was over for me ever more,
For I had been wounded they left me for dead.
A stone for my pillow and snow for my bed.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: bobad
Date: 13 May 12 - 08:09 PM

Missing In Action
Ernest Tubb

The warships had landed and I came ashore,
the fighting was over for me evermore.
For I had been wounded, they left me for dead,
a stone for my pillow and snow for my bed.
The enemy found me and took me away,
and made me a prisoner of war so they say.
but God in his mercy was with me one day,
the gate was left open and I ran away.

I returned to the old home, my sweet wife to see,
the home I had built for my darling and me.
The door was left open and there on a stand,
I waw a picture of her and a man.
The clothes she was wearing told me a sad tale,
my darling was wearing a new bridal veil.
Then I found a letter and these words I read,
"Missing in Action", She thought I was dead.

So I kissed her picture and whispered good-bye,
my poor heart was breading but my eyes were dry.
I know she'd be happy if she never learned,
I know she must never know I had returned.
A vagabond dreamer forever I'll roam,
because there was no one to welcome me home,
The face of my darling no more will I see,
for Missing in Action for ever I'll be.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 May 12 - 04:22 PM

Nice work, y'all. I notified the op via e-mail.

B


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: bobad
Date: 14 May 12 - 04:30 PM

The lyrics I posted are in reply to GUEST 13 May 12 - 07:56PM, the OP's request has not yet been answered.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 May 12 - 04:34 PM

Damn! Thanks, Bobad. I shall undo the wrong.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grandfather singing on a Voice-o-Graph
From: GUEST,Aaron D'Angier
Date: 16 May 12 - 06:08 PM

Hello everyone,
I pulled out the actual Voice-O-Graph to inspect it a bit. Maybe some context may help narrow things down a bit.

It is postmarked 1951, so the song is at least that old. My grandfather was born in 1931, for what it is worth. He was born and raised in rural Southern Alabama. As Jim Dixon mentioned before, it has a feel of a cowboy song or a railway song. Unfortunately, this is where my trail cuts off. I have asked a few family members if they had ever heard him sing the song before, but I have had no luck there yet.

Thank you guys for all of the help and support.

Aaron


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