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Lyr Req: Simon Crutchfield's Grave (Damon Black)

Ebbie 10 Oct 00 - 05:47 PM
Ebbie 10 Oct 00 - 10:06 PM
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Subject: Who's Simon Crutchfield?
From: Ebbie
Date: 10 Oct 00 - 05:47 PM

I've heard a song called Simon Crutchfield (sp) a couple of times lately. Does anyone have the lyrics or the history behind the song? It's not in the DT. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Who's Simon Crutchfield?
From: Ebbie
Date: 10 Oct 00 - 10:06 PM

OK- let's see if I can give more information. The ballad's theme is that Simon and Mary Crutchfield lived in the country; Simon was a farmer. All was well until Simon hired Riley Harper. It appears that Mary and Riley eventually killed Simon and buried him somewhere along a deserted road.

One day a blizzard comes up and the roads are impassable except by horse-drawn wagon on a winding road through the woods that runs past Simon's grave. Riley and Mary head for town for help but discover they are not able to pass Simon's grave and stop for shelter at a cabin where they freeze to death.

OK. Got that? The chorus goes something like: Mary Crutchfield, Mary Crutchfield, You should be ashamed...

It sounds like an old song but I know nahting. It does sound like it's based on a true event.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Who's Simon Crutchfield?
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Oct 00 - 12:58 PM

Well, I'm on a roll here, talking to myself...

It develops, on research on the 'Net, that 'Simon Crutchfield's Grave' was recorded by Rarely Herd on their Midnight Loneliness album and by the East Coast Bluegrass Band, among others.

"Folkies? I don't need no stinkin' folkies!"



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Subject: Lyr Add: SIMON CRUTCHFIELD'S GRAVE (Damon Black)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 12:12 PM

Lyrics copied from
(Sorry, the website doesn't give any history.)

(Damon Black)

I remember very well a tale my Daddy used to tell
About old Simon Crutchfield and his friends.
Now Mary was his pretty wife and they loved every breath of life
Before they took old Riley Harper in.
Now Simon plowed and worked the fields, Mary cooked their meals,
And Riley kept and eye out on the plains.
Still no one knows just when this episode came to an end.
They only know of Simon Crutchfield's grave.

Mary Crutchfield, you should be ashamed.
Get on your knees and pray your soul be saved.
Riley Harper, if the devil is to blame,
Why can't you drive by Simon Crutchfield's grave?

In the year of 1864, a blizzard came across the moor.
All the crops were sold out, none were saved.
And the only way to get to town was a wagon road that wound around
Through the woods by Simon Crutchfield's grave.
Now some folks say that they lay there at least six months or more
Before an old fur trapper found their bones.
He claimed they wrote their epitaph upon the cabin door
Just as it reads today on marble stone.

Mary Crutchfield, here lies Mary Crutchfield.
'Cause she betrayed the love that Simon gave.
Riley Harper, here lies Riley Harper.
'Cause he couldn't drive by Simon Crutchfield's grave.

[As sung by The Rarely Herd on "Midnight Loneliness," Pinecastle CD 1009, 1992.]

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Who's Simon Crutchfield?
From: GUEST,David Black
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 10:00 PM

I am the son of the late Damon Black, song writer. Simon Crutchfield was a story in his mind.

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