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Lyr/Chords: My Old Man (from John Denver)

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Subject: John Denver's version of 'My Old Man'
From: Fivensevn
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 10:09 AM

I remember long ago.....John Denver singing "My old man"....but with different lyrics than what I have found. Anyone know the one's HE sang?

Thanks D.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Q: John Denver's version of 'My Old
From: Gene
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 11:49 AM

Go to: * Fabio Zucca's John Denver Site *


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Q: John Denver's version of 'My Old
From: DonMeixner
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 12:12 PM

Denver's lyrics are a little changed but I prefer the way Jerry Jeff Walker wrote them. All thats missing is

All the nites that passed a child was born,

All the years that passed their love would keep them warm,

All their lives they shared a dream come true,

All because she danced so well to his fiddle tune,

The train next morning....

Those lyrics are the ones I've sung since 1967. They may be fuzzed by memory but they are closer than the ones in the Denver data base.

Don


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Subject: My Old Man / The Old Man
From: Joe Offer
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 12:57 PM

I see in the database that there are songs with this title by Ewan MacColl (click), by Rosanne Cash (clack), and by Jerry Jeff Walker (clunk).
Click here for Steve Goodman's song with that title, and for "The Old Man" by Phil Coulter, the one that our Big Mick Lane sang so beautifully at the FSGW Getaway last month. The Irish Tenors did a pretty good job on it, too.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Q: John Denver's version of 'My Old
From: Stewie
Date: 07 Nov 99 - 06:27 PM

Dave Mallett also has a nice one by that title on his live album 'Parallel Lives'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Q: John Denver's version of 'My Old
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 30 Dec 07 - 03:42 AM

John Denver has sung it in the album "Rhymes And Reasons" & "The Skip Weshner Show".

JOHN'S LYRICS:

My old man had a rounder's soul
He'd hear an old freight train
Then he'd have to go

Said he'd been blessed with a gipsy bone
That's the reason they guessed
He'd been cursed to roam

Came into town back before the war
Didn't even know what it was
He was looking for

He carried a tattered bag for his violin
It was full of lots of songs
Of places that he'd been

He talked real easy had a smiling way
To pass along to you
When his fiddle played

Making people drop their cares and woes
To hum out loud those tunes
That his fiddle bowed

Till the people there began to join that sound
And everyone in town was laughing
Singing, dancing round

Like the fiddler's tune was all they heard that night
As if some dream said:
"All the world is right"

Whistling

His fiddler's eye caught one beauty there
She had that rollin' flowin'
Golden kind of hair

He played for her as if she danced alone
He played his favorite songs
Ones he called his own

He played until she was the last to go
He stopped and packed his case
And said he'd take her home

All the nights that passed a child was born
All the years that passed
That love would keep them warm

All their lives they'd share a dream come true
All because she danced
While his fiddle tuned

Whistling

My old man had a rounder's soul
He'd hear an old freight train
Then he'd have to go

All that I recall said when I was so young
No one else could really
Sing those songs he sung

Whistling

JERRY'S LYRICS:

My old man had a rounder soul
He'd hear an ol' freight train
And he'd have to go

Said he'd been blessed with a gypsy bone
And that's the reason I guess
That he'd been cursed to roam

Came to town back before the war
Didn't even know what it was
He was lookin' for

He carried a tattered bag for his violin
Full of lots of songs
Of the places he had been

He talked real easy and he smiled and waved
He could pass along to you
When his fiddle played

Makin' people drop their cares and woes
And hum out loud the tunes
That his fiddle bowed

Til the people there began to join that sound
And ev'ryone in town was laughin'
Singin', dancin' 'round

Like the Fiddler's tunes we all there heard that night
Like some dream that says
"All the world is right"

Instrumental Break

The Fiddler's eye caught a beauty there
She had that rollin' flowin'
Golden kind of hair

He played for her as if she danced alone
He played his favorite songs
The ones he called his own

She alone was dancin' in the room
The only thing left movin'
To that Fiddler's tune

Instrumental break

He played until she was the last to go
The he stopped and packed his case
And said he'd take her home

In all the nights that passed a child was born
In all the years that passed
Love would keep them warm

And all their lives they'd share that dream come true
And all because she danced
So well his fiddler tune

Instrumental break

The train next mornin' blew a lonesome sound
As if she sang the blues
Of what she took from town

And all that I recall that was said when I was young
There's no one else could really
Sing those songs he sung


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: My Old Man
From: GUEST,GUEST; CJ
Date: 08 Sep 10 - 05:47 PM

I WOULD LIKE THE GUITAR/TAB/ CHORDS/LYRICS FOR THIS SONG. I HEARD IT ON JOHN DENVERS "RHYMES AND REASONS" CD TODAY AND IS GREAT.1969 CHERRY LANE MUSIC PUB;.CO. CREDITS IT TO JERRY JEFF WALKER..
I SO MISS JD.


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