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Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane (Tooley/Whitehead)

reyescm@aol.com 24 Sep 97 - 12:50 AM
GUEST,kwraef@stx.rr.com 22 Jun 06 - 04:24 PM
Helen 23 Jun 06 - 05:19 PM
Helen 26 Jun 06 - 04:39 PM
Paul Burke 27 Jun 06 - 04:24 AM
Jim Dixon 22 Jul 06 - 04:07 PM
GUEST,Mary 14 May 10 - 04:04 PM
McGrath of Harlow 15 May 10 - 03:59 PM
Dave Hanson 15 May 10 - 08:03 PM
GUEST,Jim 28 May 10 - 10:21 AM
GUEST,leeneia 28 May 10 - 10:58 AM
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GUEST,leeneia 13 Oct 10 - 10:23 AM
GUEST,Craig Backstrom 17 May 11 - 06:47 PM
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Subject: Saunders fairy lane
From: reyescm@aol.com
Date: 24 Sep 97 - 12:50 AM

Looking for a long lost song. Circa 1968? Was it a pipe dream? Can anyone out there help me?


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST,kwraef@stx.rr.com
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 04:24 PM

Did you ever find a copy of this song? The artist is Clair. If so I'd like a copy of it
Thanks,
Ken Raef


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: Helen
Date: 23 Jun 06 - 05:19 PM

Ken,

Do you know aything more about the song? The lyric you know, or the type of music, where you heard it, etc. It would make it easier to track down, rather than just trying to find the title.

Is the artist Clair the Japanese solo artist or someone else?

Thanks
Helen


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: Helen
Date: 26 Jun 06 - 04:39 PM

refresh

Hoping that Ken finds this thread again.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BROOKLAND ROAD (Rudyard Kipling)
From: Paul Burke
Date: 27 Jun 06 - 04:24 AM

Could it be a version of this Rudyard Kipling poem? I remember my old mate Martin Pope singing it back in the 70s.


BROOKLAND ROAD
Rudyard Kipling

I was very well pleased with what I knowed,
I reckoned myself no fool --
Till I met with a maid on the Brookland Road,
That turned me back to school.

    Low down - low down!
    Where the liddle green lanterns shine --
    O maids, I've done with 'ee all but one,
    And she can never be mine!

'Twas right in the middest of a hot June night,
With thunder duntin' round,
And I see her face by the fairy-light
That beats from off the ground.

She only smiled and she never spoke,
She smiled and went away;
But when she'd gone my heart was broke
And my wits was clean astray.

O, stop your ringing and let me be --
Let be, O Brookland bells!
You'll ring Old Goodman out of the sea,
Before I wed one else!

Old Goodman's Farm is rank sea-sand,
And was this thousand year;
But it shall turn to rich plough-land
Before I change my dear.

O, Fairfield Church is water-bound
From autumn to the spring;
But it shall turn to high hill-ground
Before my bells do ring.

O, leave me walk on Brookland Road,
In the thunder and warm rain --
O, leave me look where my love goed,
And p'raps I'll see her again!

Low down -- low down!
Where the liddle green lanterns shine --
O maids, I've done with 'ee all but one,
And she can never be mine!


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jul 06 - 04:07 PM

I think the song was wanted is called SAUNDERS FERRY LANE (note spelling). Allmusic.com says it was written by "Tooley/Whitehead" and recorded by Sammi Smith. It appears on 2 of her albums: "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (1976), and The Best of Sammi Smith (1973). This page says it's also on "Sammi with a Bullet."

From a sound sample at Allmusic.com:

The creakin' boards of the empty dock are the only sounds I hear.
The sign on the catfish stand says, "Closed till spring."
Summer drowned in the frozen lake as winter came alive,
And nothin' moves....


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST,Mary
Date: 14 May 10 - 04:04 PM

It's Saunders Ferry Lane......and the version by " Clare " ( Torry )was on A&M....the singer went on to record with Pink Floyd on Dark Side of the Moon etc


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 May 10 - 03:59 PM

And here is a YouTube clip of Sammi Smith singing it

Only took 12 years...


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 15 May 10 - 08:03 PM

The person who started this is probably dead now.

What is the point ?

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 28 May 10 - 10:21 AM

Saunders Ferry Lane Sang by Sammi Smith.

Its 66 and cloudy here this morning
I'll make a bet those clouds will turn to rain


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 May 10 - 10:58 AM

"What is the point?"

For one thing, I discovered a delightful poem by Kipling, kindly posted by Paul Burke. Set to music, that poem would make a great song.

For another, it set me to musing on the terrific difference between 'fairy lane' and 'ferry lane.'

And if I wanted to, I could follow the link, hear the song, and discover Sammi Smith.

It can't get much better than that.


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 28 May 10 - 07:44 PM

Could also have been "furry lane", opening up other bypaths for the imagination.

Answering questions isn't just about supplying bare information, it's about opening windows into the unknown.


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 10 - 08:54 PM

Thanks for all your help. Found a site that sell the 78 rpm version of Clare song Saunder Fairy Lane
Ken


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Subject: RE: Saunders fairy lane
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 10:23 AM

And I've saved the Kipling poem to be set to music and sung this Halloween.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane
From: GUEST,Craig Backstrom
Date: 17 May 11 - 06:47 PM

The song was written by Sammi Smith (Whitehead) and her sister Jeanette Tooley...it was first released on Sammis' hit album Help Me Make It Through The Night in 1970.....I've just recorded it on my new CD SongMan and hope to release soon......


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane
From: GUEST
Date: 17 May 11 - 06:49 PM

OOps....didn't notice the different spelling....Sammis' is Saunders' FERRY Lane....sorry....


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAUNDERS FERRY LANE (Sammi Smith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 May 11 - 07:20 PM

I found a copy of the lyrics at a web site devoted to Marissa Nadler—it seems to be a fan site. I hope Marissa didn't sing exactly what is on that site, because it seems to contain a couple of mondegreens. I have corrected them in the following transcription, based on listening to the YouTube video (see McGrath's link above).


SAUNDERS FERRY LANE
As sung by Sammi Smith

It's sixty-six and cloudy here this morning.
I'll make a bet those clouds turn to rain.
The weather's rusted out the sign and I almost missed the turn
[That'll] take me down to Saunders Ferry Lane.

The creaking boards of the empty dock are the only sounds I hear.
The sign on the catfish stand says, "Closed till spring."
The summer drowned in the frozen lake as winter came to life,
And nothing moves in Saunders Ferry Lane.
Nothing moves in Saunders Ferry Lane.

Raindrops mingle with the leaves that tumble to the ground
As I find my way to the spot where we once lay,
But the grass is dead; the laughter's gone; the birds have flown away.
It's awful cold in Saunders Ferry Lane,
Awful cold in Saunders Ferry Lane.

The gentle arms that held me and made me want tomorrow
Now are gone.
We found so much comfort in the way we loved each other,
Then the angels came as quietly as the dawn.

Standing by the water in the icy winter wind,
I find no present comfort for my pain.
With no gentle arms to hold me now, I know there's nothing worse
[Than] a day alone in Saunders Ferry Lane,
A day alone in Saunders Ferry Lane.

It's thirty-two and raining here this evening.
I'll make a bet that rain will turn to snow.
It's hard to see through all these tears and I almost missed the turn
That leads away from Saunders Ferry Lane,
Leads away from Saunders Ferry Lane.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane (Tooley/Whitehead)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 12 - 01:26 PM

Anyone still need the lyrics to this song? I have them and the chords. Let me know.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane (Tooley/Whitehead)
From: GUEST,JD
Date: 10 Aug 12 - 03:48 PM

I'd like the chords!!!!! I'm gonna record a version of this song with Sammi Smith's daughter and they would be of great help!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Saunders Ferry Lane (Tooley/Whitehead)
From: GUEST,¾ Blind
Date: 11 Apr 13 - 12:41 AM

Around 1971 Sacramento, California radio station KGMS (G M S stood for Good Music Station) occasionally played Clare's version of "Saunders Ferry Lane." Her voice must have been a bit slurred because when Clare sang "The summer drowned in the frozen lake..." the DJ thought she was singing "The summer drowned in the Folsom Lake...", Folsom Lake is near Sacramento. Or maybe the DJ was just having fun with the listeners.


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