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Lyr Req/Add: Grave on the Green Hillside (Carter)

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Ben 04 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Apr 05 - 12:38 AM
nutty 08 Apr 05 - 02:38 AM
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GUEST,alice Mounier 27 Jan 11 - 09:55 PM
GUEST 21 May 11 - 02:37 PM
Joe Offer 21 May 11 - 05:05 PM
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Subject: Grave On The Green Hillside - lyrics?
From: Ben
Date: 04 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM

Hi,

Could someone please help me with a couple of lines?

I need the ones that follow:

: "There's an angel, too, for each little grave, an angel _________"

and:

"And they speak to the soul of a better day, of a day that's near at hand Though we _________"

If anyone could fill these in for me, I'd be much obliged.

Thanks.

Ben

Canada


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRAVE ON THE GREEN HILLSIDE (A. P. Carter
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 12:38 AM

Copied from http://www.silcom.com/~peterf/ideas/carter2.htm

GRAVE ON THE GREEN HILLSIDE
(A. P. Carter, 1929)

There's a little grave on the green hillside that lies to the morning sun,
And the way-worn feet often wander there when the cares of the day are done.
We sometimes sit in the twilight fall and talk of a far-off land,
And I sometimes feel in the twilight there the touch of a vanished hand.

CHORUS: Grave on the green hillside,
Grave on the green hillside,
In the years to come we will calmly sleep
In a grave on the green hillside.

And this land is full of these little graves in the valleys, plains, and hills.
There's an angel, too, for each little grave, an angel sufficient, Bill.
I know not how, but I sometimes think that they lead us with gentle hands,
And a whisper falls on a willing ear from the shore of a far-off land. CHORUS

And these little graves are but wayside marks that point to a far-off land,
And they speak to the soul of a better day, of a day that's near at hand.
Though we first must walk through this darksome veil, (vale) yet Christ will be our guide.
We will reach the shore of a far-off land through a grave on a green hillside. CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grave on the Green Hillside (A. P. Carter
From: nutty
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 02:38 AM

You can hear the Carter Family singing this song

CLICK HERE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grave on the Green Hillside (A. P. Carter
From: 12-stringer
Date: 08 Apr 05 - 11:41 AM

Technically, "veil" in the last stanza should be "vale."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grave on the Green Hillside (A. P. Carter
From: GUEST,alice Mounier
Date: 27 Jan 11 - 09:55 PM

The line is actually
An angel so mission filled


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grave on the Green Hillside (A. P. Carter
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 11 - 02:37 PM

It's not what the Carters are singing, but the words are:

"And these angels some mission fill"

according to this transcription:

Google books


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Grave on the Green Hillside (A. P. Carter
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 May 11 - 05:05 PM

Boy, that "angel" line is a hard one to make out. I can't agree with the "Bill" interpretation. I saw one that had it "an angel so mission-filled," which sounds pretty close to what I hear. Richard Matteson has it "An angel procession fills" - don't know if I buy that one, either.
The best interpretation of the Carter recording I can muster is, "garble, angel, garble, garble, garble." But if you really want to know what I think it is, I'll vote for "an angel so vision-filled."

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Grave on the Green Hillside(A. P. Carter)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 May 11 - 11:58 PM

Anyone want to venture a guess?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Grave on the Green Hillside(A. P. Carter)
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 May 11 - 04:01 PM

"an angel sufficient, Bill"

That's a funny mondegreen. Why bring poor old Bill into it? lol

I've always sung it:
"an angel, its mission filled" (as in 'FULfilled'.)


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Grave on the Green Hillside(A. P. Carter)
From: Ferrara
Date: 23 May 11 - 12:05 PM

Ginny Hawker and Kay Justice sing "and these little angels some mission fill." I have always thought that the next lines describe the mission: "they lead us with gentle hands" ... and a[n angel's] whisper falls on a willing ear"

I think the song's writer intended to say that their mission is that of   guardian angels. That's my favorite part of the song.


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