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Lyr Req: Old Coat Song

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CONESTOGA ON THE JORDAN ROAD
FRANK PIERCE'S SOLILOQUY.
JORDAN IS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL
OLD PIKE
PARKWAY IS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL
RICHMOND IS A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL


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GUEST,mcclinto@shaysnet.com 21 Apr 00 - 03:01 PM
GUEST 21 Apr 00 - 03:25 PM
The Beanster 21 Apr 00 - 03:51 PM
Allan C. 21 Apr 00 - 03:52 PM
The Beanster 21 Apr 00 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,mcclinto@shaysnet.com 21 Apr 00 - 08:12 PM
Susan of DT 21 Apr 00 - 08:19 PM
Stewie 21 Apr 00 - 08:41 PM
Uncle_DaveO 22 Apr 00 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,B. Sokolow 27 Jun 15 - 04:36 PM
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Subject: Old Coat Song
From: GUEST,mcclinto@shaysnet.com
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 03:01 PM

Greetings!

I'm trying to find lyrics for two songs, each called Old Coat, one written by Henry Steele and Patrick Walters, one written by Paul Stookey, Mary Travers and E. Mezzetti. Does anyone know of sources for lyrics for either song? I've tried the various web sources I know and can't find them.

Thanks for any leads you can give me!
Mary

See this thread (click) for I Had an Old Coat / Little Overcoat


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD COAT (from Peter, Paul & Mary)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 03:25 PM

This is what Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded [not sure which album, probably early 1960's]. I don't know if it's what you're looking for, but it's about an old coat.--Ely
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Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves,
Life is a hard road to travel, I believe.

I looked the East; I looked to the West,
A youth asking faith to be rewarded,
But Fortune is a blind god, flying through the clouds,
And forgetting me on this side of Jordan.

Take off...

Silver spoons to some mouths, golden spoons to others,
Dare a man to change the give order.
Though they smile and tell us all good men are brothers,
Never was it true this side of Jordan.

Take off...

Like some ragged owlet with it wings expanded,
Nailed to a garden gate or border [? see below],
Thus will I by some men all my life be branded.
Never heard it done this side of Jordan.

Take off...

[?]= I'm not sure what he's saying here. It sounds like "borden" but that doesn't make sense, obviously.

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 11-Sep-02.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: The Beanster
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 03:51 PM

GUEST,mcclinto--

This Peter, Paul & Mary site has gajillions of lyrics...well, quite a few. Old Coat is there. When you get the the page, scroll down 'til you see it and then click on "Moving"--the album name. Click here

And GUEST, you were right--the word is "boardin'" although that still doesn't make sense!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: Allan C.
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 03:52 PM

Look here for PP&M's lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: The Beanster
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 03:54 PM

hahahahaa Allan--great minds think alike!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: GUEST,mcclinto@shaysnet.com
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 08:12 PM

Thanks for the leads to the Peter, Paul and Mary song. I'm still looking for clues to the one by Steele and Walters. Mary


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: Susan of DT
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 08:19 PM

Actually, it's a century or so older than Peter, Paul OR Mary--It was copyrighted by Daniel Decatur Emmett, better known for a little ditty called Dixie.

Much parodied during and after the Civil War. We have several versions in DigiTrad. (dick greenhaus, who forgot to reset a cookie)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: Stewie
Date: 21 Apr 00 - 08:41 PM

Seems like the chorus was lifted from 'Jordan Am a Hard Road to Travel', a favourite of Uncle Dave Macon:

Pull off your overcoat, roll out your sleeves
Jordan am a hard road to travel
Pull off your overcoat, roll out your sleeves
Jordan am a hard road road to travel, I believe

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 22 Apr 00 - 11:39 AM

The word someone thought sounded like "bordon" is "hoarding". It's a signboard, I believe.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: GUEST,B. Sokolow
Date: 27 Jun 15 - 04:36 PM

I think the lyric is "... board and thus will I be some men...."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Coat Song
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 28 Jun 15 - 06:19 AM

Why do people have problems with fairly straightforward words?

The boarding mentioned is merely a common expression for a flat piece of wood of indeterminate size.

Eg He used an old piece of boarding to cover the hole in the door and stop the draught.


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