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Lyr Req: Old Man of the Mountain (Robbie O'Connell

GUEST,Dalillama 25 Apr 18 - 07:04 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Apr 18 - 10:57 AM
Jim Dixon 29 Apr 18 - 01:05 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Apr 18 - 01:38 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Apr 18 - 02:23 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Old Man of the Mountain (Robbie O'Connel
From: GUEST,Dalillama
Date: 25 Apr 18 - 07:04 AM

Song is about a WWI vet who lived off in the hills alone. The chorus goes:
Old Man of the Mountain, what happened in the war?
Was something lost forever there, that you've been searching for?
Was it fear of killing or the fear of being killed
That made you want to live out there alone on the hill?


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Subject: Lyr Req: OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN (Robbie O'Connell
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Apr 18 - 10:57 AM

OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
As recorded by Robbie O'Connell on "Never Learned to Dance" (2009)

His story must have started when he was in the First World War.
Many times I've heard that was the bloodiest war of all.
He must have made his mind up that if you saw it to the end,
[You'd/We'd/He'd] have to make some changes [if/when/so] he'd come home again.

And when the war was over, he could never settle down.
He'd work sometimes for farmers and he'd move from town to town.
He never really made a plan; he just lived from day to day.
[He] didn't seem to notice as the years just slipped away.

CHORUS: Old man of the mountain, what happened in the war?
Was something lost forever there that you were searching for?
Was it fear of killing or the fear of being killed
That made you want to live out there alone upon the hill?

When the Second War began in nineteen thirty-nine,
He went into the mountains and he left the world behind.
They only saw him in the town when his army pension came
And he'd stock up his provisions and be on his way again.

And in the Comeragh Mountains he lived for twenty years
Like a hermit in the wilderness in his ragged clothes and beard.
Some say that he was crazy or that he was just afraid.
Some saw quiet dignity in his solitary ways.

CHORUS

I can still remember the day I heard he died.
I was only eight or nine but it touched me deep inside.
Though I never knew him, I still felt I'd lost a friend.
There was something gone forever that I wouldn't find again.

CHORUS

[Words in brackets are sung so softly (if at all) by O'Connell that you really can't make them out; I added them for grammar's sake.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN (Brown/Young)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Apr 18 - 01:05 PM

Another song with the same title:


OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
Words by George Brown; music by Victor Young. ©1932.
As recorded by The Mills Brothers in this video on YouTube.

[scat singing]
The old man of the mountain.
[scat singing]
Old man of the mountain.

With his long white beard and his crooked staff,
He tramps along while the folks all laugh,
With a twinkle in his eye as he passes them by,
The old man of the mountain.

He wears long hair and his feet are bare.
They say he's mad as an old March hare.
His cares are none for he owes no one,
The old man of the mountain.

He talks with the birds when he's lonely,
Sleeps with the stars for a tent.
The beasts spread a feast when he's hungry,
And God charges no rent.

He'll live as long as an old oak tree
And laugh at fools like you and me.
I often sigh and wish that I
Were the old man of the mountain.

- - -
There were early American recordings by: Ben Bernie and His Orchestra, Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, Dick Robertson and His Orchestra, Hal Denman and His Orchestra, Hal Kemp and His Orchestra with Kay Thompson, Jo Stafford, Joel Shaw and His Orchestra, The Boswell Sisters, The Mills Brothers, Turner Layton & Clarence Johnstone, Waring's Pennsylvanians (vocal by Chick Bullock).

Early British recordings: Al Bowlly with Roy Fox & His Band, Ambrose and His Orchestra, Carroll Gibbons & The Savoy Hotel Orchestra.

Recent recordings by: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Don Neely's Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, Hot Fingers, Lee Wiley & Carl Prager, Man Overboard Quintet, Phil Alvin, The Smart Fellers, The Sunset Serenaders, Tongue In Cheek Jazz Band.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN (via Betty Boop)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Apr 18 - 01:38 PM

A somewhat different version of the previous lyrics. I have boldfaced the differences:


OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
As recorded by Cab Calloway in this Betty Boop cartoon on YouTube.

[This song is preceded by a chorus from "Minnie the Moocher"]
[Beginning at about 2:13:]

With his long white beard and a crooked stare,
[He] tramps along with the folks all scared,
With a tickle in his eye he passes them by,
The old man of the mountain.

For he wears long hair and his feet are bare.
They say he's mad as a grizzly bear.
His cares are none for he fears no one,
The old man of the mountain.

He talks with the bears when he's lonely,
Sleeps with the sky for a tent.
And he'll eat you up when he's hungry,
And it wouldn't cost him a red cent.

And he'll live as long as an old oak tree
He'll eat up fools like you and me.
Oh, I often sigh and jump and cry
At
the old man of the mountain.

Old man of the mountain.

[In the cartoon, another Cab Calloway song follows: "You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along with Me)"]


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Subject: Lyr Req: THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Apr 18 - 02:23 PM

Some additional lyrics:

THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN
(Brown-Young)
As recorded by Turner Layton and Clarence Johnstone on "Sentimental" (A compilation from 2014)

[Their first part is nearly identical to the version sung by The Mills Brothers—see above.]

With a merry smile and a cheery word,
He stalks along like a quaint old bird,
And a happy little tune you'll hear him croon.
He's the old man of the mountain.

Any time you meet him along the way,
He'll stop to pass the time of day,
And there's something in his style that makes you smile
At the old man of the mountain.

He'll crack a joke if you're happy,
And sing as you trudge down the road,
But if you're kind of weary and footsore,
He'll shoulder your load.

And as time rolls on and the years grow dim,
I'll bet sometimes you'll think of him,
And maybe too you'll wish that you
Were the old man of the mountain.

Yes, I often sigh and wish that I
Were the old man of the mountain.

[I don't know the date of this recording, but Wikipedia says Layton & Johnstone's partnership ended in 1935.]


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