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Take off your old coat and roll...

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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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Tune Req: Jordan Is a Hard Road (banjo tab) (2)


davemar@internet.net 28 Jul 97 - 05:35 AM
Ralph Butts 28 Jul 97 - 07:11 AM
Bill D 28 Jul 97 - 12:52 PM
Bill 29 Jul 97 - 02:55 AM
dick greenhaus 29 Jul 97 - 12:05 PM
Dale Rose 29 Jul 97 - 02:01 PM
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Subject: Take off your old coat and roll...
From: davemar@internet.net
Date: 28 Jul 97 - 05:35 AM

I thought it was a old Joan Biez I heard in the mid 60's. Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves, life is a hard road to travel I believe.

A "cookie" of thanx for all the help. davemar


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Subject: RE: Take off your old coat and roll...
From: Ralph Butts
Date: 28 Jul 97 - 07:11 AM

Davemar......Check in the database for "Jordan is a Hard Road to Travel". That sounds like the one. I have a great version by the Greenbriar Boys........Tiger


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Subject: RE: Take off your old coat and roll...
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Jul 97 - 12:52 PM

"Jordan...." is sort of a string band version...."Take off Your Old Coat" is a slower, different version...I have Richard Dyer-Bennet's version...will type it in later today....I think it is close to what Baez sang


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD COAT (from Peter, Paul & Mary)
From: Bill
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 02:55 AM

Howdy Davemar,

I don't see any reference to it in my early Joan Baez material, but I certainly remember a Peter, Paul & Mary version of it. I checked their home page and found that it was on Moving in 1962 with a Title of "Old Coat."

You should be able to find it at http://www.peterpaulandmary.com/music/f-02-08.htm.

Here are their lyrics:

    8. OLD COAT
    Stookey/Travers/Mezzetti/Sears- Pepamar Music Inc. ASCAP

    Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves,
    Life is a hard road to travel, I believe.

    I look to the east, I look to the west,
    A youth asking fate to be rewardin'.
    But fortune is a blind god, flying through the clouds,
    and forgettin' me on this side of Jordan.

    Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves,
    Life is a hard road to travel, I believe.

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

    Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves,
    Life is a hard road to travel, I believe.

    Like some ragged owlet with its wings expanded,
    Nailed to some garden gate or boardin'.
    Thus will I by some men all my life be branded
    Never hurted none this side of Jordan.

    Take off your old coat and roll up your sleeves,
    Life is a hard road to travel, I believe.


Allinkausay,
Bill


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Subject: RE: Take off your old coat and roll...
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 12:05 PM

As I recall (dimly, through the mists) the original of this song was a Minstrel-show tune by Daniel Decatur Emmett (of Dixie fame), and was a fast patter-type song. It became very popular very fast, and many parodies, on different subjects and in different tones and tempos, emerged. A parenthetical (and politically incorreect) incident occurred when the (then) new New Lost City Ramblers recorded a gospel version of this for Folkways. Moses Asch, the revered proprietor, smiled happily and said something to the effect of it being a fine old Jubilee tune. Tom Paley, after pondering the ethnic backgrounds of himself and John Cohen, quietly made a correction:"I think that's Jew-billy"


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Subject: RE: Take off your old coat and roll...
From: Dale Rose
Date: 29 Jul 97 - 02:01 PM

The oldest recorded version that I know of is by Uncle Dave Macon as Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel in 1927. It is available on County 3505, a reissue of his early material.


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