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Lyr Req: Golden River (Stuart Hamblen?)

Spud Murphy 12 Feb 01 - 04:22 PM
Sorcha 12 Feb 01 - 05:47 PM
Dale Rose 12 Feb 01 - 06:50 PM
Spud Murphy 12 Feb 01 - 07:48 PM
kendall 12 Feb 01 - 09:19 PM
Sandy Paton 12 Feb 01 - 09:53 PM
Dale Rose 12 Feb 01 - 11:45 PM
Susanne (skw) 28 Sep 02 - 06:04 PM
GUEST 28 Sep 02 - 06:09 PM
Susanne (skw) 28 Sep 02 - 06:59 PM
CraigS 28 Sep 02 - 07:31 PM
GUEST 28 Sep 02 - 07:36 PM
masato sakurai 28 Sep 02 - 11:20 PM
GUEST,WalkingEagle 29 Sep 02 - 05:17 PM
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Subject: Golden River
From: Spud Murphy
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 04:22 PM

Written by Stuart Hamblen about 1931. I swear I've looked every where. Lots of tries ended with the message: Access to this page not allowed from this computer or similar. Appreciate your help.

Spud


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOLDEN RIVER (Stuart Hamblen)
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 05:47 PM

Is this it? (Titles can be tricksy little things, ya know)

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GOLDEN RIVER

I hate to see night shadows fall,
I hate to see a moon above
For it brings me dreamds of happy days gone by
When my darling Lola Lee strolled along the shore with me
And we watched the golden river glide on by

Golden river, golden river, you took my love from me
On your waves of golden hue, you carried her away with you
And broke my heart a million, million ways

Now I sit and wonder why I feel so blue and cry
As I watch the moonclimb slowly in the sky
It was on a night like this when she gave me her last kiss
Climbed in her birch canoe and sailed away

* Refrain

that one is from:http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~motoya/G/Golden_river.html

If that's not it, I'll keep looking, there were no credits at the site.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Dale Rose
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 06:50 PM

Correct, Stuart Hamblen, 30s. I've got the sheet music somewhere. I'll try to think to look to see if it lost anything in the translation.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Spud Murphy
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 07:48 PM

I had to go and have a little cry on that one, Sorcha.

You scored big time. Golden River was the last piece I ever played publicly with my Dad, accompanying him on the stage of the George W. Manhart Post of the American Legion hall in Sacramento in March, 1946. My Dad had a singing voice a lot like Hank Snow, and he was a pretty good guitar and banjo picker. I played the fiddle from the age of seven on and I often accompanied him if he was performing without the orchestra and sang songs like Cowboy Jack and Utah Trail and When The Works All Done This Fall. I played for square dances at the age of nine (Devils Dream, Chicken Reel, Soldiers Joy) I was sixteen when the war started and I ran off and joined the Marine Corps. On Guadalcanal I got a minor bayonet wound that severed a lot of nerves in my left hand and a year later in the Russell Islands I crushed all the fingers, same hand. It all healed pretty good but it just didn't work so good afterwards. I'm afraid I wasn't much good to my Dad that night at the Legion Hall.

I tried picking up the fiddle again from time to time, but each time my hand got a little stiffer and so I taught myself accordion in the fifties but I eventually had to give that up, too. In 1981 I called the whole thing off and sold both my fiddles and I gave my last accordion to my daughter.

I grew up on music. I love music. It was music and the ability to make it that brought this country through the depression and the war that followed. I've got great- grandchildren now. I hope their children will be able to use music to help them through their times of trouble.

Again, thanks. You've been a blessing. Spud


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: kendall
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 09:19 PM

My head is full of old songs like this one...did you ever consider the mountain dulcimer?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 09:53 PM

For me, folks, Spud's message defines what the Mudcat is all about, really.

Hey, Spud: you don't have to play any instrument at all. You can just lift up your heart and sing to those great-grandchildren!

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Dale Rose
Date: 12 Feb 01 - 11:45 PM

Agreed, Sandy, it is just such response that keeps me coming back.

I found the music in Happy Chappies (Fred Howard and Nat Vincent)Greatest Collection of Outdoor Songs, M. M Cole Publishing Co., Chicago, 1935. Original Copyright: Words and Music by Stuart Hamblin, Vincent, Howard & Preeman Ltd., Los Angeles, 1932, and assigned to M. M. Cole in 1935.

While I do think the M. M. Cole Company preserved a great deal of music in their large collection of songbooks, they also often cut corners. For instance, here they gave just the first verse, which varies only a little from what Sorcha found.

Upon request, I will post the sheet music and/or a Real Audio by Hank Snow to my site.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOLDEN RIVER (from Jimmy Driftwood)
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 06:04 PM

I recently came across an old recording of a song Golden River by Jimmy Driftwood. Can anyone explain the meaning to me? Bawdy, serious? I don't know what to think.

GOLDEN RIVER
(Jimmy Driftwood)

Chorus:
When I swim the Golden River in the morn
Give some pretty little girl my powder horn
When I swim the Golden River
How their little hearts will quiver
When I swim the Golden River in the morning

Tell the girls to come and busk me
Lord I know they're gonna cuss me
When I swim the Golden River in the morning
I'm dying with the colic
And I know the girls will frolic
When I swim the Golden River in the morning

Tell the girls to come and smack me
Lord I know they're gonna sack me
When I swim the Golden River in the morning
Give me one more dram of whisky
So that I'll be warm and frisky
When I swim the Golden River in the morning

Tell the girls to come and kiss me
Lord I know they're gonna miss me
When I swim the Golden River in the morning
I believe the Lord will bless me
If the Devil doesn't catch me
When I swim the Golden River in the morning


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 06:09 PM

Susanne- 2nd verse, 1st line Buss rather than busk?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 06:59 PM

Quite likely, as it rhymes better - but I'm not familiar with that word. Care to explain?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: CraigS
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 07:31 PM

Buss meant kiss in old Scottish dialect


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 07:36 PM

Buss- to kiss. "Gi'e us a buss fust, lass." (Tennyson, believe it or not). The word is becoming obsolete.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: masato sakurai
Date: 28 Sep 02 - 11:20 PM

Golden River -- Big Slim The Lone Cowboy [Realaudio] form The Record Lady's All-Time Country Fvorites.

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: GUEST,WalkingEagle
Date: 29 Sep 02 - 05:17 PM

Pete Seeger has a song titled Golden River as well. It's just two verses long, but I can't seem to remember them now. I know the melody though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Golden River
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 29 Sep 02 - 05:57 PM

Thanks to all of you!
Guest, I accept buss (had never heard the term) - but it still sounds as though the guy is singing 'busk'. The recording, probably.
Masato, thanks but I have a recording (which is all I need, I think ...). However, does this mean it is a country song?
Walking Eagle, I think Seeger's song is called 'Sailing Along My Golden River' and is about his Hudson River Project.
Finally, I repeat my question: What (if anything) does it mean???


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