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Lyr Req: Doesn't Anybody Know My Name (Rod McKuen)

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Subject: Lyrics for an old Jimmie Rogers Song
From: Gene at Caldwell
Date: 17 Jun 97 - 11:21 PM

Starts out like: I've been away so long fought a war thats come and gone, doesnt anybody know my name.


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Subject: RE: test only
From:
Date: 18 Jun 97 - 04:33 AM

just to test how you can know if someone answered you. Sorry!


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Subject: RE:
From: Rodney Rawlings
Date: 18 Jun 97 - 02:31 PM

This, I believe, is a Rod McKuen song, sung also by Glenn Yarborough. I prefer the Jimmie Rodgers version (hope I've spelt his name right), though I haven't heard it in decades. What I can remember offhand:

Someday some old familiar rain
Will come along and know my name.
And then my shelter will be gone
And I'll have to move along.

CHORUS: But till that time I'll be your man
And love away your troubles if I can.

Someday the man I used to be
Will come along and call on me.
And then because I'm just a man [to be continued]

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 17-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: world I used to Know
From: Allan Samuels
Date: 19 Jun 97 - 09:14 PM

This is strictly from memory I believe the first line is Someday some old familiar FLAME--- The second verse ends --- And then because I'm just a man, You'll find my feet are made of sand

A lovely haunting melody - hope the few wxtra words help--- Allan


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Subject: Lyr Add: TWO-TEN, SIX EIGHTEEN (Rod McKuen)
From: Angus McSweeney
Date: 19 Jun 97 - 10:26 PM

Actually, that is an old Rod McKuen song. And the words you quoted,Gene, are from a DIFFERENT Rod McKuen song, "Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen". I've got the lyrics for both of the songs somewhere, and I'll post them as soon as I can find them. I know that's a little irksome, but watch this space.

TWO-TEN, SIX EIGHTEEN
(Rod McKuen)

I've been away so long,
Fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed,
And mama's took to bed.
Doesn't anybody know my name?

CHORUS: Please tell me if you can, what time does the train roll in?
Two-ten, Six-eighteen, Ten forty-four.

The hedge is turning brown,
And the fence is falling down.
Doesn't....
The girl I left behind
Has gone to Caroline.
Doesn't....

Fought that war across the sea.
Almost died to keep us free.
Doesn't....
Now I'm home and no one cares.
Seems that troubles are only theirs.
Doesn't....

Hope this helps, Angus.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WORLD I USED TO KNOW (Rod McKuen)
From: Angus McSweeney
Date: 20 Jun 97 - 12:49 AM

WORLD I USED TO KNOW
(Rod McKuen)

Someday some old familiar rain
Will come along and know my name,
And then my shelter will be gone,
And I'll have to move along.
But 'til I do, I'll stay awhile
And track the hidden country of your smile.

Someday the man I used to be
Will come along and call on me,
And then, because I'm just a man,
You'll find my feet are made of sand.
But 'til that time, I'll tell you lies,
And charter hidden boundaries of your eyes.

Someday the world I used to know
Will come along and bid me go.
Then I'll be leavin' you behind,
For love is just a state of mind.
But 'til that day, I'll be your man,
And love away your troubles if I can.

TWO-TEN, SIX EIGHTEEN

I've been away so long,
Fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed,
And mama's took to bed.
Doesn't anybody know my name?

CHORUS: Please tell me if you can, what time does the train roll in?
Two-ten, Six-eighteen, Ten forty-four.

The hedge is turning brown,
And the fence is falling down.
Doesn't....
The girl I left behind
Has gone to Caroline.
Doesn't....

Fought that war across the sea.
Almost died to keep us free.
Doesn't....
Now I'm home and no one cares.
Seems that troubles are only theirs.
Doesn't....

Hope this helps, Angus.


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Subject: RE:
From:
Date: 20 Jun 97 - 08:59 AM

I seem to partially remember a verse that went.

Time was when I could see Everybody wanted me (not sure of this line) Now nobody comes to see A blind man catch a train.

BUT this verse doesn't fit the general scheme of repeating the "Doesn't anybody know my name?" so maybe I am thinking of someone elses version?

Frank Phillips


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Subject: Lyr Req: Can you tell me if you can , what time t
From: GUEST,Woody Wood
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 05:51 PM

Heard a great song in the 60's with a refrain
'Can you tell me if you can , what time do the trains run in .2.10, 6.18 10.44

Anybody know the real title.. and the lyrics ?

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you tell me if you can , what time t
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 07:14 PM

It was on an old Kingston Trio album, possibly after Dave Guard left and John Stewart joined the group. I think the title was "Doesn't Anybody Know my Name."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you tell me if you can , what time t
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 07:17 PM

It was from the album, "The Sunny Side." The actual title appears to be "Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen." You can Google the lyrics. At least one source gives Rod McKuen as the songwriter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you tell me if you can , what time t
From: GUEST,Peace
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 08:20 PM

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:qFB8Jw58_58J:www.hotlyrics.net/lyrics/J/Jimmie_Rodgers/Two_ten_Six_eighteen.html+please+tell


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Subject: Lyr Add: TWO-TEN, SIX-EIGHTEEN (Rod McKuen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 09:29 PM

Lyrics copied from Peace's link:

TWO-TEN, SIX-EIGHTEEN (DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW MY NAME?)
Rod McKuen

I've been away so long, fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed. my mama has took to bed.
Now my old dog Red's gone lame.

CHORUS: Please tell me if you can what time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten, six-eighteen, ten-forty-four.

The house is falling down. No use in hangin' 'round.*
Doesn't anybody know my name?
The girl I left behind, she's gone with a friend of mine.
I don't have to read a sign to know things ain't the same. CHORUS

You can't go far away on just a soldier's pay.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
Used to be when I could see, everybody wanted me.
Now nobody comes to see a blind man catch a train. CHORUS

[*Alternate lyrics, as sung by The Kingston Trio: "The hedge is turning brown and the fence is falling down."]

[Recorded by The Kingston Trio, Jimmie F. Rodgers (NOT the Singing Brakeman), Rod McKuen, The Brandywine Singers, The Backroom Bluegrass Band.]


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Subject: ADD Version: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (McKuen)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 10:31 PM

Here's the Kingston Trio version, transcribed by ear from the Sunny Side! album:

TWO-TEN, SIX-EIGHTEEN (DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW MY NAME?)
(Rod McKuen)

I've been away so long, fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed, and mama's took to bed.
Doesn't anybody know my name?

CHORUS:
Please tell me if you can what time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten, six-eighteen, ten-forty-four.

The hedge is turning brown and the fence is falling down.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
The girl I left behind, has gone to Caroline.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
CHORUS

Fought that war across the sea, almost died to keep us free,
Doesn't anybody know my name?
Now I'm home, and no one cares, seems that troubles are only theirs,
Doesn't anybody know my name?
CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Can you tell me if you can , what time t
From: GUEST,Danny of old
Date: 06 Jul 08 - 07:31 PM

The song is on U Tube- Rod duets with Johnny Cash, about 2 minutes, 50 seconds into this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8p83ZmYZcs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Mar 10 - 10:02 PM

Hmmm?

Evidently no one has noticed, or is aware of, the relationship between the Kingston Trio song and the traditional song "Around the Western Watertank":

The chorus runs:

It's 2:15 and 3:44 and 22 minutes to 5,
I thank you, Mister Railroad Man,
I want to watch your trains roll by.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Mar 10 - 03:06 PM

Charley: The song you're referring to sounds like the ones in the DT called GAMBLER, or DANVILLE GIRL (2), although those versions list different times.

Joe Offer posted a song called AROUND A WESTERN WATER TANK but it doesn't contain a verse like the one you quote.

Maybe all these songs are related, along with Jimmie Rodgers' WAITING FOR A TRAIN—or maybe the verse you quote is a "floater."

If you know a version that hasn't been posted yet, it would be nice to add it to our collection.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: Ep' Eric
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 03:20 PM

As a great admirer of Rod Mckuen I have been singing and playing his songs for about 40 years at Ep'th Folk club in UK. I first found it in a book of Rod's songs during my early days in college and began singing it then, and still do. One of my favourite songs in fact.I still have the book in fact but can't find it at the moment.
My version is the one that Jim Dixon gives. It gives many of his songs, some in partnership with Jaque Brel. I sing many of his songs, a particular favourite being "Jean" which he wrote for the sound track of Pride of Miss Jean Brodie.

He was never so often played or known of in Uk and I am the only
folk singer I know of who tried to bring his name to many more people but without much success to my knowledge.

If anyone would like details of many of his other songs I would be happy to oblige.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST,Wayne, near Baltimore
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 04:24 PM

Hank Williams, Jr. also sung this song. I heard it on a jukebox once, back in the '60's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Mar 10 - 09:26 PM

Jim-

The version I know was from Cisco Houston and was titled "Danville Girl." No doubt I've folk-processed the schedule.

I never could catch that train to Morrow!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Sep 10 - 07:11 PM

You can't go far away
On only a Soldier's pay
Doesn't…..
Used to be when I could see
Everybody wanted me
Now no-one cares to see a blind man catch a train

Regards,
Frank


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Two-Ten, Six-Eighteen (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 06:13 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfKJOesKuiw Go to youtube and type in rod McKuen Doesn't Anybody Know My Name and it will come up. Below are the real and full lyrics as written and sung by Rod McKuen.

Doesn't Anybody Know My Name    ..... Rod McKuen

I've been away so long.
Fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed.
My Momma's took to her bed.
Now my old dog, Red's gone maim.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.

The hedge is turning brown.
The house is falling down.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
The girl, I left behind.
She's run off to Caroline.
I don't have to read a sign...
to know things aint the same.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.

You can't go far away.
On just a soldier's pay.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
Used to be when I could see
everybody wanted me.
Now nobody comes to see
a blind man catch the train.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.


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Subject: Lyr Add: DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW MY NAME (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 06:38 PM

This is Rod McKuen's own words. If you go to youtube and do a search the song will come up under Rod's name.


DOESN'T ANYBODY KNOW MY NAME
Rod McKuen

I've been away so long.
Fought a war that's come and gone.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
My sister's up and wed.
My Momma's took to her bed.
Now my old dog, Red's gone lame.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.

The hedge is turning brown.
The house is falling down.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
The girl, I left behind.
She's run off to Caroline.
I don't have to read a sign...
to know things aint the same.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.

You can't go far away.
On just a soldier's pay.
Doesn't anybody know my name?
Used to be when I could see
everybody wanted me.
Now nobody comes to see
a blind man catch the train.

Please tell me if you can.
What time do the trains roll in?
Two-ten. Six-Eighteen. Ten-forty-four.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doesn't Anybody Know My Name (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 09:24 AM

Waylon Jennings does a great version.
My question is, "Which war is the singer returning from?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Doesn't Anybody Know My Name (Rod McKuen)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jul 14 - 08:44 AM

The question of which war the song comes from is a good one. The song was adapted by the Kinston Trio for the album "Sunny Side" released in 1963 so the Vietnam war might have "come", but certainly hadn't "gone".

McKuen would have been in his early teens post WWII and thus aware of the soldiers returning. His bio on the Poetry Foundation web site states that he served in Korea, so there might be some influence of his own return. The Korean war may also suggest the tone where the people are busy with their own lives, not concerned with a soldier, blind or not.

If I may add to the puzzle, the train station may have been in Europe. Mckuen spent much of the 60's living in France. The song is not credited as a translation of Jacques Brel's work, but could have been influenced by him.

To me, the song catches the essence of a warrior returning to a different world. It does not matter if they return by train, or by sailing ship, or by airplane, or by bus, or on crutches. It could be any war, or any country. Even if the initial welcome is warm, the world goes on and some feel left out


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