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Lyr Req: Blues Is Like Shoes (Moe Ewart)

mjones@islandnet.com 21 Nov 96 - 01:46 AM
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Subject: Blues is like shoes
From: mjones@islandnet.com
Date: 21 Nov 96 - 01:46 AM

Hi there

Can anyone out ther in cyberspace help me find the words to this song. I believe it was written by a British songwriter. The Chorus goes Blues is like shoes ranging in sizes, when your a young man the sizes are small. Blues is like shoes you'll find when your older, the one's you have now are the nicest of all.

Thanks Mike Jones


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: john mayberry
Date: 10 Mar 97 - 12:54 PM

This song is an old favourite of mine- I've got it at home on a David Bradstreet Album- he's a Toronto musician. I think he wrote it. Will try to get you the lyrics.

John


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 17 Mar 97 - 04:42 PM

Don't know about the David Bradstreet album, but I'm pretty sure it was written by Moe Ewert, who I think lived in Toronto at some point. I don't know if he recorded or not.


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: GUEST,Lucille
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 12:58 AM


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: Hollowfox
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 03:16 PM

Oh, Please post the lyrics!! I heard it only once, at Fiddler's Green in Toronto, and I've never forgotten it. Unfortunately, I've never had enough of it in my memory to learn it properly. I do recall (I think) that the singer called it Mud Puddle Sailor. Hope this helps.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLUES IS LIKE SHOES (Moe Ewart)
From: flattop
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:33 PM

BLUES IS LIKE SHOES
©Moe Ewart, Subterranean Music/SOCAN
As recorded by David Bradstreet on "Black & White" (1980)

As a boy I served a term as a mud-puddle sailor
I had a sea of my own at the side of the road
And with a patch on my eye I was Morgan the Pirate
And in my rubber boots the Colossus of Rhodes

And the cars sped on by like the Spanish Armada
And the spin of their wheels sent a storm on my sea
Until one of the fleet came too close to the sidewalk
And rammed at my ship and she sunk at my feet

So I dry-docked my wreck in my grandfather's kitchen
And climbed on his lap as he picked up the thread
And he mended my sails with a flash of his fingers
And then drying my tears, here's the words that he said:

"Blues is like shoes, ranging in sizes
When you're a young boy, the sizes are small
Blues is like shoes, you'll find when you're older
The shoes you have now are the nicest of all."

Only now that I'm grown, I find I'm still a sailor
But I'm up to my neck in the mud puddle now
And under fire by much more than the Spanish Armada
And they're ramming my ship and they're crashing my bow

And the worst of it is that it never stops raining
And the wheels never slow and the storms never cease
And I swear when my bones become too heavy with water
I'll sink too deep to wash up on any one's beach

But I can tell by the stars that I'm close to an island
Would mean nothing to swim but the question is how
And I can't even run to my grandfather's kitchen
'Cause the house where he lived is a parking lot now

Blues is like shoes, ranging in sizes
When you're a young boy, the sizes are small
Blues is like shoes, you'll find now you're older
The shoes you have now are the nicest of all.

Today I ran into a mud-puddle sailor
He had a sea of his own at the side of the road
And with a patch on his eye he was Morgan the Pirate
And in his rubber boots the Colossus of Rhodes

And the cars sped on by like the Spanish Armada
And the spin of their wheels sent a storm on his sea
Until one of the fleet came too close to the sidewalk
And rammed at his ship and she sunk at his feet

So he dry-docked his wreck right there in my kitchen
And climbed on my lap as I picked up the thread
And I mended his sails with a flash of my fingers
And then drying his tears, here's the words that I said:

"Blues is like shoes, ranging in sizes
When you're a young boy, the sizes are small
Blues is like shoes, you'll find when you're older
The shoes you have now are the nicest of all
Blues in the shoes of a child are the nicest of all."


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Subject: Lyr Add: RENAISSANCE (David Bradstreet)
From: flattop
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 04:43 PM

The site also has lyrics for this wonderful Bradstreet song:


RENAISSANCE
cDavid Bradstreet, Rondor Music/BMI


I like the way that your hair falls away
When the night brings a candle to you
And I like to stare as you come down the stair
As the light from the landing shines through
And how many fallen leaves does it take to believe
Autumn has finally come
The sun has gone colder and we've both grown older
It's hard to believe we're still one.

So let's dance that old dance once more
We can still move as smooth on the old ballroom floor
I'll wear my Sunday best, you wear your favourite dress
Lock up the door and let's dance that old dance once more.

You helped me 'round, put my feet on the ground
When I acted as proud as a fool
Our children have grown with kids of their own
To raise without aid from our old Golden Rule
But somehow it seems that some of our dreams
Were discarded somewhere on the road
When all that was true could be found in the blue
Of your eyes that still sparkle and glow.

The frost king has come and with a flick of his thumb
Turned our windows to Renaissance art
And now by the fire no need to inquire
About the ways of the soul and the heart
'Cause the years have gone by like a soft whispered sigh
Not noticing youth as it flew
It's easy to tell that you wear your age well
Not trying to prove you're still you.


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: flattop
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:00 PM

Did you hear the song at the old Fiddler's Green, Mary - behind the Y, near Yonge and Eglinton, where Tam wore his coveralls and Grit sang harmony, before they moved to the Brunswick area?


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: Hollowfox
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:18 PM

They moved?? Yep, it was behind the "Y", about 1972 or so.


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: flattop
Date: 30 Sep 00 - 05:38 PM

(Just hit a wrong button so I'll try again.)

Yes, they moved years ago to around Brunswick Avenue, into the building that (Rana who SHOULD be working) talks about. My memory is not great on details. Rana's group may be an offshoot of the old Fiddlers organization.

I moved north towards the Rick Kane thread and lost touch. Where did you go? 1972 is a long time ago.


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: Hollowfox
Date: 02 Oct 00 - 12:13 PM

Actually, I was visiting from the US. I'd come to help chaperone a gaggle of art history students visiting the Royal Ontario Museum (that's a laugh; I was still an undergraduate myself). I went AWOL to Fiddler's Green (the teacher knew where I was going), and had a grand time.


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Subject: RE: Blues is like shoes
From: flattop
Date: 03 Oct 00 - 01:05 AM

I guess that lets you off the hook Mary. Perhaps I should feel more guilty myself for not having stayed involved.

Tonight I cornered Brian Sutton at the Orillia Song Circle and asked him about Fiddlers. Brian plays the squeeze box, sings 'trads' and has a foot in both camps which are about 100 miles apart. He told me to check on the net for The Flying Cloud Folk Club, an offshoot of Fiddlers Green.

www.northernjourney.com/cdnfolk/events/flycloud.html

www.coolname.com/pipermail/cdnfolk-mirror/2000-August/000844.html

http://toronto.com/E/G/TORON/0020/06/64/cs1.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Blues Is Like Shoes (Moe Ewart)
From: GUEST,Barley's Mum
Date: 02 Dec 15 - 03:03 PM

I heard Garnet Roger's sing this, which is how I learned it. I remember it as Mud Puddle Sailor. The last time I requested he play it, he said he no longer sang it out of respect for the songwriter. Terribly sad, but of the three versions I've heard, I prefer Garnet's.


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