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Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)

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cnd 27 Nov 15 - 10:01 AM
GUEST,# 27 Nov 15 - 11:43 AM
cnd 27 Nov 15 - 04:52 PM
GUEST,# 27 Nov 15 - 05:45 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Nov 15 - 01:38 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Nov 15 - 09:42 AM
cnd 29 Nov 15 - 10:10 PM
GUEST,leeneia 30 Nov 15 - 09:49 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: cnd
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 10:01 AM

So there's one particular line in Grandpa Jones' song Rosalee that's been giving me a hard time.

Then hang up the fiddle and the banjo on the wall
Lay 'way the ?beating? tambourine
Angels called away my Rosalee, the sweetest flower of all
From my little old log cabin by the stream

You can easily find it on Youtube, but here's a link to the one I used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtvwXIhheE4


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 11:43 AM

cnd, I can't hear the song because that YouTube screen is blocked in Canada it seems. But see following page on the 'net:

http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Grandpa_Jones:Rosalee

I have no way to compare the two. Hope it helps.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: cnd
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 04:52 PM

Here's a version with him and Ramona singing it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS61tbRQ-CM

Sorry, the blue-clicky-ifier isn't working right now.

Your link suggests "bumping," which sounds sort of right, but a little clunky


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: GUEST,#
Date: 27 Nov 15 - 05:45 PM

I can't make the words out at all. I'd substitute Way-hay-bump the tamborine. I have to go in a few but I will dig around more later tonight or tomorrow. Not to worry about the clicky.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ROSALEE (Grandpa Jones)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Nov 15 - 01:38 AM

ROSALEE
As recorded by Grandpa Jones on "Sings Real Folk Songs" (1963)

Way down in old Kentucky state?'twas many years ago?
I used to hunt the possum and the coon.
The old folks they would gather round and have a merry dance
While the fiddles and the banjos were in tune.

I'll never, never see again those happy days of yore,
And the little darkies rollin' on the green,*
The old folks and my Rosalee a-sittin' round the door
Of my little old log cabin by the stream.

CHORUS: Then hang up the fiddle and the banjo on the wall.
Lay away the bones and tambourine.
Death has called away my Rosalee, the sweetest flower of all
From my little old log cabin by the stream.

The little cabin's empty now and the river's rollin' on,
And the willows wave above my Rosalee.
I sit beside her lonesome grave and cry because she's gone,
And wish I had her back again with me.

I know that in a better land I'll find my Rosalee.
I see her with the angels in my dream.
She'll be among that angel band that comes to carry me
From my little old log cabin by the stream.

CHORUS


* In a later recording he changed this line to "And the little children crawlin' on the green."


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN BY DE STREAM
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Nov 15 - 09:42 AM

From the sheet music at the Levy Collection:


THE LITTLE OLD LOG CABIN BY DE STREAM
Words and music by Happy Billy Radcliffe
Cincinnati: Geo. D. Newhall & Co., ©1880.

1. Way down in old Kentucky 'twas many years ago,
Where we used to hunt de possom and de coon,
And de darkies used to gather round and have a merry dance
While de banjo and de fiddle were in tune.
No more we'll hear dose merry sounds nor see dose days of yore
Nor dose little darkeys playing on de green,
Nor de merry smile of Rosie Lea, the only flow'r that bloom'd
In dat little old log cabin by de stream.

CHORUS: Den hang up de banjo and de fiddle on de wall,
And lay away de bones and tamborine,
Since death has taken off my [?]* only flow'r that bloom'd
In dat little old log cabin by de stream.

2. I never never can forget the happy hours we spent,
As we wandered together o'er de hill,
Or sat beneath the willows and watched the rolling stream,
And listened to the clatter of the mill;
And when the night was coming on and darkies work was done
How dey used to come and gather on de green,
And de banjo and de fiddle would make de forest ring
Near de little old log cabin by de stream.

3. The stream is running just the same, the willows on de side,
Are now waving o'er the grave of Rosa Lea;
'Tis there I sit beneath her grave to pass the hours away
And wonder when the same shall shelter me,
My steps are growing feeble, my hair is turning gray,
But still the grass is growing fresh and green,
And here I'll wait 'till death shall take me to my Rosa Lea,
From my little old log cabin by de stream.


* The sheet music is torn and something is missing; probably two syllables.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: cnd
Date: 29 Nov 15 - 10:10 PM

Thanks Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rosalee (Grandpa Jones)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Nov 15 - 09:49 PM

I've been playing the music from the Lester Levy site. It has a sweet, old-fashioned effect which I believe has been lost over time.

If you can read music, take a look.

Jim, I believe the missing two words were probably "my love" or "my dear." Those are likely one-syllable words for "sweetheart. "


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