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Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers

Kampervan 10 Mar 16 - 09:53 AM
Snuffy 10 Mar 16 - 11:40 AM
GUEST 10 Mar 16 - 12:09 PM
Jeri 10 Mar 16 - 12:38 PM
GUEST,# 10 Mar 16 - 12:58 PM
Kampervan 10 Mar 16 - 01:02 PM
Jeri 10 Mar 16 - 01:15 PM
Backwoodsman 11 Mar 16 - 02:25 AM
GUEST,GuestTF 11 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM
Capo da Monty 11 Mar 16 - 08:41 AM
GUEST,flush 11 Mar 16 - 11:18 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: Kampervan
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 09:53 AM

I'm not giving you much to go on, but I'm trying to recall a song that I've heard that talks about two (old?) men playing chess in a park (Central?) somewhere.

I think that one or both are Jewish and the song mentions his name (Mr????????.
It's quite slow and reflective.

That's about all I can remember.

Grateful for any leads.

regards

K/van


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: Snuffy
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 11:40 AM

When I read your post I immediately thought of this - but there's no chess in it. I'll think again ...


Old Friends, Paul Simon, 1968

Old friends
Old friends
Sat on their park bench
Like bookends
A newspaper blown through the grass
Falls on the round toes
Of the high shoes
Of the old friends

Old friends
Winter companions
The old men
Lost in their overcoats
Waiting for the sunset
The sounds of the city
Sifting through the trees
Settle like dust
On the shoulders
Of the old friends

Can you imagine us years from today
Sharing a park bench quietly?
How terribly strange to be seventy

Old friends
Memory brushes the same years
Silently sharing the same fear...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 12:09 PM

Hi, nice try thanks, but no, it's not 'Old Friends'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 12:38 PM

Try Rubenstein Remembers, by Ewen Carruthers:
There's an old man in the park
Sometimes sits till after dark
Old men often don't say much
Rubenstein is just one such
No chess, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: GUEST,#
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 12:58 PM

I think this or something very similar was mentioned on Mudcat within the past two years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: Kampervan
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 01:02 PM

That's the one!!! Thank you.

I couldn't search for it because I couldn't even remember the name 'Rubenstein'

Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you identify this song?
From: Jeri
Date: 10 Mar 16 - 01:15 PM

I'd heard it and something in your post made me think I knew it and dig.


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Subject: RE: Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 02:25 AM

Here ya go...


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Subject: RE: Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers
From: GUEST,GuestTF
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 08:37 AM

Allan Taylor song, yes?


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Subject: RE: Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 08:41 AM

Thanks for the link BW. A very poignant and moving song by a wonderful songwriter.
Still miss him but thankfully we have the photographs and memories (sounds like a Jack Hudson song!) and of course Ewen's CDs and videos.
CdM


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Subject: RE: Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers
From: GUEST,flush
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 11:18 AM

Allan Taylor sang it but it was Ewan that wrote it


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Subject: RE: Can you identify this song?-Rubenstein Remembers
From: Capo da Monty
Date: 11 Mar 16 - 11:42 AM

Yep.EWEN wrote it. Mr Taylor sang it and for some reason re-wrote one of the verses.
CdM


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