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Subject: Lyr Req: Destiny (Sons of the Pioneers)
From: Roberto
Date: 15 May 13 - 11:22 AM

I'd like to get the lyrics to Destiny, a song by The Sons of the Pioneers.

The refrain: Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny

Thank you. R


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Destiny (Sons of the Pioneers)
From: Roberto
Date: 15 May 13 - 01:25 PM

This is all I can get. I've put question marks where I can't understand or have doubts. Please, help. R

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny

A man rode into town one day
All dressed in summer (?) black
Three tombstones in his buckboard
And a shovel in his pack

He rode straight to the graveyard
And there he dug three holes
The headstones bore a message
To three departed souls

Destiny

What happened? - said a passerby
The man said: nothing yet
But three of us are going to die
Before the sun has set

One grave is for my woman
Who loved unfaithfully
The second's for her lover
And the other one's for me

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny

The man put down his shovel
And buckled on his guns
And laid there in the doorway
To face the fated ones

But in the eyes he (?)
The terror that he saw
It filled his heart with pity
And (?) he couldn't draw

Destiny

Then a gang of desperados
Descended on the town
And in the fight (?) that followed
The three of them went down

As the gunman laid there dying
His last words were said to be:
Nothing could have saved us
This was our destiny

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny, destiny, destiny …


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Subject: Lyr Add: DESTINY (Hal Blair, Donald Robertson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 May 13 - 01:52 PM

AllMusic.com shows that DESTINY appears on the Sons of the Pioneers' album "Legends of the West" (1965). Apparently it hasn't been re-released. Spotify doesn't have it, but it does have this version:


DESTINY
Words and music by Hal Blair and Donald Robertson (info from ASCAP)
As sung by Lorne Greene on "Lorne Greene: The Man" (2009).

[Spoken, without music:] Destiny: since time began,
It's been the great unknown in the mind of man.
Is your fate made by you alone?
Or is destiny a thing that's planned?
[Music begins] (Destiny, destiny)

[Recited:] A man drove into town one day all dressed in somber black,
Three tombstones in his buckboard and a shovel in his pack.
He drove straight to the graveyard and there he dug three holes.
The headstones bore a message to three departed souls.
(Destiny, destiny)

"What happened?" said a passerby; the man said, "Nothin' yet,
But three of us are gonna die before the sun has set.
One grave is for my woman, who loved unfaithfully.
The second's for her lover; the other one's for me."

[Sung:] Destiny; there's no escape for any man.
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned.
(Destiny, destiny)

[Recited:] The man put down his shovel and he buckled on his guns,
And later in a doorway he faced the fated ones;
But in the eyes he hated, the terror that he saw
So filled his heart with pity that he knew he couldn't draw.
(Destiny, destiny)

Just then some desperadoes descended on the town,
And in the fight that followed, those fated three went down.
As the man lay there dying, his words were said to be:
"Nothing could have saved us; this was our destiny."

[Sung:] Destiny; there's no escape for any man.
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned.
(Destiny, destiny)

[Recited:] So, stranger, if you happen to be passing through this town,
If you have a little time to spare, and you want to look around,
Take a stroll up to the graveyard, for there you still can see
Where three helpless mortals fulfilled their destiny.

[Sung:] Destiny; there's no escape for any man.
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned.

Destiny; there's no escape for any man.
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned.
(Destiny, destiny, destiny)


[Note: the words "sung" and "recited", in brackets, refer only to Greene's performance; the words in parentheses are sung by backup singers.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Destiny (Sons of the Pioneers)
From: Roberto
Date: 16 May 13 - 05:21 AM

Thanks a lot, Jim. The text sung by the Sons of the Pioneers should then be this (the song is on You Tube as well):

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny

A man rode into town one day
All dressed in somber black
Three tombstones in his buckboard
And a shovel in his pack

He rode straight to the graveyard
And there he dug three holes
The headstones bore a message
To three departed souls

Destiny

What happened? - said a passerby
The man said: nothing yet
But three of us are going to die
Before the sun has set

One grave is for my woman
Who loved unfaithfully
The second's for her lover
And the other one's for me

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny

The man put down his shovel
And buckled on his guns
And later in a doorway
He faced the fated ones

But in the eyes he hated
The terror that he saw
Filled his heart with pity
And he knew he couldn't draw

Destiny

Then a gang of desperados
Descended on the town
And in the fight that followed
The three of them went down

As the gunman lay there dying
His last words were said to be:
Nothing could have saved us
This was our destiny

Destiny, there's no escape for any man
From the very day you're born, your destiny is planned
Destiny, destiny, destiny …


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