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Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents

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Subject: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 04:52 PM

Next Sunday is a 'Hallmark holiday,' Grandparents' Day, and I will be doing some theme programs for retirement homes. I have a list of songs that mention grandparents, but I wonder of you folks have more -- either songs I don't know or just those I haven't thought of.

My list includes:
I Am My Own Grandpa
Grandpa (The Judds)
Grandma's Featherbed
My Grandfather's Clock / My Grandmother's Cat
The Captain and the Kid (Jimmy Buffett)
Grandpa's Whiskers (Father's Whiskers)
When I First Came To This Land
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Grandma's Lye Soap
Sloop John B ("... my grandfather and me ...")

Any others?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Deda
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:22 PM

Maybe too short to be of any value, recently mentioned on another thread, there's "Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go
The horse know the way to carry the sleigh
Through the bright and drifting snooow-OH....

Etc.


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRANDAD (Jake Thackray)
From: brid widder
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 05:38 PM

If you come along to mourn for grandad
Don't dress up in black cos
Although my grandad's dead and buried
Odds on he'll be back.
Although they stuffed him in a coffin
And read out the will
And although he's six foot deep in darkness
He'll never lie still
He's made of sterner stuff
He's not dead enough

Angels saints and seraphim
Please please will you try,
To keep an eye ..on him...etc etc jake thackery


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY GRANNY'S OLD ARMCHAIR
From: GUEST,NSC
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 06:08 PM

Music Hall song

My grandmother she at the age of eighty three,
One day in May took ill and then she died.
And when shew was dead the will of course was read,
By a lawyer as we all stood by his side.
To my broother it was found she had left a hundred pound,
The same unto my sister I declare,
But when it came to me the lawyer said I see,
Granny's left to you the ould armchair.

How they tittered how they chaffed,
how my brohter and my sister laughed,
When they heard the lawyer declare,
Granny's gone and left to you the old armchair.

Well i said it's hardly fair but I said I didn't care,
And in the evening took the chair away.
All the neighbours at me laughed and my brother he scoffed,
But he said it might be useful George some day,
When you settle down in life you will find yourself a wife,
You'll find it very handy I declare ,
On a cold and stormy night when the fire burns bight,
To sit in the old armchair.

How they tittered how they chaffed,
How my brohter and my sister laughed,
When they heard the lawyer declare,
Granny's gone and left to you the old armchair.

What my brother said came true, for in a year or too,
Sure enough I settled down in married life.
I first began to court and then the ring I bought,
Took her to the churcg and she became my wife,
The old girl and me were as happy as could be,
And in the evening when the work was done,
I never abroad did roam I preferred to stay at home.

How they tittered how they chaffed,
How my brohter and my sister laughed,
When they heard the lawyer declare,
Granny's gone and left to you the old armchair.

One day the chair fell down, when I picked it up I found,
The seat had fallen out upon the floor,
And there to my surprise, before my eyes,
Lay a lot of notes ten thousand pounds or more,.
When my brother heard of this, the fellow I confess,
Went nearly mad with rage and tore his hair,
But I sidled up to him and I said unto him Jim,
Don't you wish you had the old armchair.

How they tittered how they chaffed,
How my brohter and my sister laughed,
When they heard the lawyer declare,
Granny's gone and left to you the old armchair.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Alta Rigo
Date: 04 Sep 01 - 09:27 PM

There are also a couple of recent country songs about grandparents:

Love, Me - by Colin Ray

Where've You Been? - sung by Kathy Mattea and written by her husband about his parents, I think.

Alta


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 05:19 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: kendall
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 08:42 AM

I Never Knew My Grand Dad. This might not be appropriate, it's about a man who abandoned his family in the depression, and, didn't return until he was too old to bum around. Sad.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 03:17 PM

Water From Another Time, by John McCutcheon

Gone, Gonna Rise Again, by Si Kahn (in the DigiTrad, but I can't provide a link right now.)

One Little Sip, also by Si Kahn

(Don't those two make a nice contrast? The grandfather who plants apple trees so that his grandchildren will have apples, versus the grandfather who stays pickled his entire life....)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 03:36 PM

I've posted the words to One Little Sip in this thread.

And I've remembered another one by Si Kahn. Crossing The Border is about what Si's own grandfather went through in emigrating from eastern Europe to America.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 09:25 PM

Thanks again, folks.

Another one that sort of fits is "The Dutchman," as, unfortunately, is "Hello In There."

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Pooby
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 03:53 PM

Howzabout John Prine's "Grandpa Was a Carpenter"? It's a touching little ditty (almost an anti-"Hello In There" bit of nostalgia). It's on NGDB's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2" and probably elsewhere.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 04:05 PM

Sally Rogers' song "Lovely Agnes"

"Now three score years have come and passed
Like the fruit on the trees
And our children have children
With babes on their knees.
And we all join in the summertime
On the crystal lake shore
To greet lovely Agnes,
Now twelve years and four score."

One of my favorite songs, since I was born in Upper Michigan between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and my grandmothers, Elsie and Matilda, were farm folk in Wisconsin.

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Genie
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 03:10 AM

Pooby, Do you have the lyrics to John Prine's "Grandpa Was a Carpenter"? (I take it NGDB is Nitty Gritty ... .)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Greycap
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 11:57 AM

How about " Grandpa, get your guitar" - The Seldom Scene? A great song.IMHO


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 02:05 PM

You can find "Grandpa was a Carpenter" here and you also may want to look at Jimmy Buffet's "The Captain and the Kid" here. It's on the sad side and even though it doesn't mention a grandfather, I always thought that's what it was about.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 05:03 PM

Late'n short, Thanks for the Carpenter song and the link to Captain. The latter was already on my list and in my repertoire, but it saves me the trouble of typing it out. Yes, Jimmy Buffett did write it for his grandfather, who, he says, "was an old sea captain."

Greycap, do you have the lyrics/chords to Grandpa, Get Your Guitar?

Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: NEVER HIT YOUR GRANDMA WITH A SHOVEL^^
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 06:30 PM

Found in an old thread:

NEVER HIT YOUR GRANDMA WITH A SHOVEL

Never hit your Grandma with a shovel,
For it leaves a bad impression on her mind.
In some other way impart
All the love that's in your heart,
And remember that she may retort in kind.

Remember, Grandma's loved you since a baby,
And even though in fun, t'would prove a shock.
So respect her aged head,
Stay the shovel, and instead
Hit your sweet old, dear old, Grandma with a rock.

(I think it's an old camp song.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 09:33 PM

Here are some songs in old threads that have been associated with grandparents:

Granny's Old Armchair aka "Grandmother's Chair"
Immigrant Eyes
My Grandfather's Ferret
Grandma's Song (Gail Davies)
Grandma's Song (Steve Martin)
Son of a Scoundrel
When Grandma Plays The Banjo
Grandpa and his 'Dear'
Grandpa's Billygoat


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 09:43 PM

Larry Penn wrote a nice little song called "On My Grandma's Patchwork Quilt." It's collected on a children's album called "American Melody Sampler," 1994. I've been unable to find the lyrics, though.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: TNDARLN
Date: 07 Sep 01 - 10:53 PM

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't do "Where've You Been" for a retirement home / Grandparent's Day gig: the good folks in the home would either not get it at all, or else it'd be too painful.....

Joel Hemphill wrote a song in the 70s called "I Learned about Jesus in Grandma's Rocking Chair"......if you can wait a few days I could provide lyrics.... T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 12:36 AM

Jim D., You just reminded me:

"Oh, ye canna shove yer granny off a bus ...[etc.] ."

TNDRLN, I have done "Where've You Been" for some retirement homes (as opposed to nursing homes), but I'm more likely to do it for Valentine's Day -- same as with The Dutchman -- than for Grandparents' Day. The problem is not so much that they can't take the pain as that I have trouble getting through the song without breaking down. [I warn people in advance that it is a "two-handkerchief song." In some music settings I use music to evoke strong emotional memories, both of grief and joy.]
"Where've You Been," to me, is more about the incredible bond between Claire and Edgar than about their separation in the hospital. [I tell the folks Kathy M.'s story of how the song came to be written, too. It's very touching and somewhat amusing at the same time.

Thanks for the comments, though. Also, I would love the lyrics to the Rocking Chair song.

Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: LOVE, ME (Barnes, Ewing)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 01:55 AM

Not exactly folk, but what the heck:

LOVE, ME
(Max T. Barnes, Skip Ewing)

I read a note my Grandma wrote back in 1923.
Grandpa kept it in his coat and he showed it once to me.
He said, "Boy, you might not understand, but a long, long time ago,
Grandma's daddy didn't like me none, but I loved your Grandma so.

?We had this crazy plan to meet and run away together,
Get married in the first town we came to, and live forever.
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet instead,
I found this letter and this is what it said.?

CHO: If you get there before I do,
Don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through,
I don't know how long I'll be.
But I'm not gonna let you down.
Darlin', wait and see.
And between now and then,
Till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, Me.

I read those words just hours before my Grandma passed away,
In the doorway of a church where me and Grandpa stopped to pray.
I know I'd never seen him cry in all my fifteen years,
But as he said these words to her, his eyes filled up with tears. CHO.

And between now and then
Till I see you again
I'll be loving you. Love, Me.

[Recorded by Collin Raye on ?All I Can Be,? 1990, and on several other albums. @tearjerker JTD]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 09:31 PM

(Looks like I'm still ending up with boldface when I try to enter a line break. I know I am typing it right, so I am not sure what is happening. Is there a different key combination for Mac than for Windows?)

Jim D., I already know, and do, "Love, Me," but thanks so much for posting the lyrics. It's a great song. (I think he also wrote it, but I am not sure.)

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 10:17 PM

Kendall: The song you mention sounds familiar to me, but I am unable to find it on the Internet. Are you sure you have the title right? Can you remember who wrote it or who recorded it? Can you quote any lines from it?

The song I'm thinking of has him making a phone call, after many years' absence, and his wife (or ex) hanging up on him. I think I remember the line, "'No' was all she said." But I can't find that line in a song either.

If I can find that song, I'd like to post it. It's a good song, even if it's not appropriate for "Grandparents' Day."


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE MUMMERS' SONG
From: GUEST,Nick
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 10:31 PM

It is not really the season for this but I love this song and it has strong Grandma content. It is a traditional New founland song. you can find the song as performed by Great Big Sea on the net, exactly where I am not sure but it would be worth the hunt. THe lyrics are as follows

Hark, what's the noise out by the porch door?
"Granny, 'tis mummers, there's twenty or more."
Her old weathered face brightens up with a grin,
"Any mummers, nice mummers 'lowed in?"
"Come in, lovely mummers, don't bother the snow,
We can wipe up the water, sure, after you go,
Sit, if you can, or on some mummer's knee,
Let's see if we know who you be."
There's big ones and small ones and tall ones and thin,
Boys dressed as women and girls dressed as men,
Humps on their backs, and mitts on their feet,
"My blessed, we'll die with the heat."
There's only one there that I think that I know,
That tall fellow standing over long side the stove,
He's shaking his fist for to make me not tell,
Must be Willie from out on the hill.
Now, that one's a stranger if there ever was one,
With his underwear stuffed and his trap door undone,
Is he wearing his mother's big forty-two bra?
I knows but I'm not gonna say.
"Don't s'pose you fine mummers would turn down a drop?"
"No!! Homebrew or alky, whatever you've got."
Not the one with his rubber boots on the wrong feet,
He's enough for to do him all week.
"S'pose you can dance." "Yes." They all nod their heads,
They've been tapping their feet ever since they came in,
Now that the drinks have been all passed around,
The mummers are plankin' 'er down.
"Be careful the lamp, and hold on to the stove,
Don't swing Granny hard cause you that she's old,
No need for to care how you buckles the floor,
Cause mummers have danced here before."
"My God, how hot is it, we'd better go,
I 'low we'll all get the devil's own cold,"
"Good night and good Christmas, mummers, me dears,
Please God we will see you next year."
"Good night and good Christmas, mummers, me dears,
Please God we will see you next year."

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 9-Sep-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Tom French
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 11:28 PM

Check out a song by Si Kahn: Gone, Gonna Rise Again. It is sung from the point of view of a grandson who comes to understand his grandfather, long after his grandfather's death, from the farm around him. A very powerful and moving song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Folkdoctor
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 01:39 AM

Ruth Pelham has a song about her Grandmother I have been singing it with bKids For Years. Each Child names the Grandmother first and last name and place of origin and it all goes in the zipper song.

If the's one women who I loved in my life it's my
Grandma__________my __________Mom
From__________she came _____________is her name
She's my Grandma _____thers Mom
(on Gentle Wind)

Grant Rogers has a song about his Grandpa telling tall tales which ends in this verse.

Now it comes my Grandpa's time
To bid farewell to all
An Empty chair is standing there
His picture on the wall

I know the man who tends the gates
Would proudly let him by
So he can tell his stories to
The Big man in the sky
(On Folk Legacy)

Also I wrote a song about my Grandfather in 1989 called the "Ballad of Norman Studer" on a tape called Folk Soup.

Folkdoctor

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 9-Sep-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 04:35 AM

Thanks, Norman, I'll keep an eye/ear out for the Folk Soup tape and your song.

Someone just sang Bill Staines's song "Rose In The Snow" tonight, and I realized it works very well for Grandparents' Day. I could not find it in the DT or forum. I'll try again, but if someone has the lyrics and can post them (with chords, if possible), I would appreciate that a lot.

Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: I LEARNED ABOUT JESUS IN GRANDMA'S...
From: TNDARLN
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 09:02 PM

I Learned About Jesus in Grandma's Rocking Chair
words and music by Joel Hemphill, copyright 1975

I went to live with Grandma when I was just a kid,
And if someone ever needed someone, I'm some one who did;
She loved Grandpa and Jesus with plenty love to share,
And she told me all about it in that big old rocking chair.

I learned about Jesus in Grandma's rocking chair,
And sometimes when I'm troubled I wish that I were there;
For when she sang of His sweet love, I didn't have a care,
Refrain:
I learned about Jesus in my Grandma's rocking chair.

I used to love to hear her hum as she worked through the day,
And each night at bedtime I loved to hear her pray;
She told me about heaven waiting 'way up there,
And I first felt the feeling in my Grandma's rocking chair.

refrain

Pardon my typing! T


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 02:43 PM

I know that Hallmark's "Grandparent's Day" has come and gone but here's another from Randy Travis.

I meant to include it in an earlier post but forgot. Besides, searching for it today was a nice diversion.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 02:47 PM

Sorry. will take you right to the song. The previous post just leads you to Randy Travis.

Dan


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Subject: Lyr Add: HERE'S TO YOU ROUNDERS (Don Lange)
From: kendall
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 06:09 PM

I never knew my grand dad

I never knew my grand dad, he was always on the bum
Every September he'd catch him a southbound and ride
Granny got work in an old canning factory, took in wash on the side
Promised herself she'd never forgive him
A promise she kept 'til she died.

Back in the 30's when the going got rough
Old grand dad he hit the road,
Mother was young then and only remembers his name
'Long about Christmas me and my brother,
We'd get a few coins in the mail
We couldn't spend them it was all he could send
from that Mexico city jail.

chorus

So, here's to you rounders and here's to you railroad bums
Hope you make it home soon
And, here's to the women who marry for love
And live with the man in the moon.

'Long towards the end he rode into town
Riding that Greyhound line
Guess he got old and them box cars were harder to climb
He used his last dime for a call to my granny
But "No" was her only reply
She hung up the phone, cursed him in German
But I saw the pain in her eyes.

rep. chorus

I never knew my grand dad he was always on the bum
Salvation Army sent us a note when he died
Now me and my brother we carry the memory of a face we never have seen
Like some foreign coin that lies cold in the pocket
Of a young boy's faded blue jeans.

repeat chorus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: kendall
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 06:13 PM

God! this is so sad. I learned it from the singing of Ed Trickett.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 06:35 PM

Late'n'short, I tried the Randy Travis link and the site wouldn't let me on ("...can't be accessed from this server ..."). Can you post the lyrics, or at least the title?

Thanks, Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 06:56 PM

Wow, Kendall, that is a powerful and sad song. However, the correct title is apparently "Here's to You Rounders" and it's already in the DT under that title. Your version has several minor differences and one big one: Yours has "we couldn't spend them" where the DT version says, "we'd go and spend them." Yours makes more sense.

Also, AMG - The All Music Guide says it was recorded by Art Thieme, on "Out Right Bold-Faced Lies," 1977; by Gordon Bok on "And So Will We Yet," 1990; and by Don Lange (who wrote it) on "Natural Born Heathen."

Thanks. Sorry I didn't find the song earlier in the DT; I could have saved you some trouble. I suppose it's because I didn't try the spelling "grandad." (My spell checker doesn't accept "grandad" but it accepts "granddad.")


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: kendall
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 08:24 PM

no problem


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Subject: Lyr Add: GRANDMA MADE ME A SHIRT ...
From: dwp
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 08:52 PM

I have two original songs, each written after each of my grandparents died last winter/spring.

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GRANDMA MADE ME A SHIRT
Key of D

Chorus:
When I was a little boy, my Grandma made me a shirt.
When I was a little boy, my Grandma made me a shirt.

Grandma tell me what the sleeves are for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandma tell me what the sleeves are for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandson I'll tell you what the sleeves are for,
On the shirt I made for you.
Grandson I'll tell you what the sleeves are for,
They?re to hold the ones you love.
They're to hold the ones you love.

Grandma tell me what the back is for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandma tell me what the back is for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandson I'll tell you what the back is for,
On the shirt I made for you.
Grandson I'll tell you what he back is for,
It?s to do the work that has to be done.
It's to do the work that has to be done.

Chorus

Grandma tell me what the pockets are for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandma tell me what the pockets are for,
On the shirt you made for me.
Grandson I'll tell you what the pockets are for,
On the shirt I made for you.
Grandson I'll tell you what the pockets are for,
They?re for the things you'll carry through life.
They're for the things you'll carry through life.

Grandson tell me what the collar is for,
On the shirt I made for you.
Grandson tell me what the collar is for,
On the shirt I made for you.
Grandma I'll tell you what the collar is for,
On the shirt you made for me.
The collar is round as a halo should be,
And that's how I'll remember you.
That's how I'll remember you.

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MY GRANDPARENTS' FARM
Key: G

Up in the morning before the sun
Would even begin to rise
Down to the barn to milk twenty cows
All of them before breakfast time
Carrying five gallon pails of milk
On a path well worn in the ground
Twice a day every day of the year
Was my grandparents' farm.

Chorus:
A white frame house on top of a hill,
And a garden in the back.
A bright red barn and a Ford tractor,
Was my grandparents' farm.

I would ride in the truck with him to town,
To get the things he would need
Then an ice cream for me and a beer for him
After the errands were done
An old willow tree I would climb so high
I spent the afternoons in the sky
And the two tallest pines for mile around
Was my grandparents' farm.

Chorus

With dinner on the table I would sit by him
And feel so special then
We ate it all and saved room for desert
Fresh blueberries and ice cream.
With the TV so loud it would hurt your ears
The evening news came on.
A twenty point drop in the DOW god damn!
Was my grandparents' farm.

Chorus x 2

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 30-Nov-01.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs About Grandparents
From: GUEST,Arjay
Date: 12 Sep 01 - 09:59 PM

Nice songs, dwp, -- the lyrics, at least (don't know the tunes, of course). The second one reminds me a lot of my mom's dad (except he didn't drink). Thanks for posting them.

Arjay


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Subject: Lyr Add: HE WALKED ON WATER (Allen Shamblin)
From: late 'n short 2
Date: 13 Sep 01 - 11:28 AM

Genie,

Someday I'll get the hang of this. The song is "He Walked on Water". And you should able to find in on OLGA at (and I won't risk a "clicky" again) http://www.harmony-central.com.Guitar/OLGA.

HE WALKED ON WATER
Words/Music by Allen Shamblin
Performed by Randy Travis

              D                  G/D
1. He wore starched white shirts buttoned at the neck,
D A/E
And he'd sit in the shade and watch the chickens peck.
D G/D
And his teeth were gone, but what the heck,
D A D G A
I thought that he walked on water.

2. He said he was a cowboy when he was young
He could handle a rope and he was good with a gun.
And my mama's daddy was his oldest son, --
And I thought that he walked on water.

CHORUS
If the story's told, only heaven knows.
But his hat seemed to me like an old halo.
And although his wings, they were never seen.
I thought that he walked on water.

3. Then he tied a cord to the end of a mop,
And said, "Son, here's a pony, keep her at a trot."
And I'd ride in circles while he laughed a lot.
Then I'd flop down beside him.
And he was ninety years old in sixty-three
And I loved him and he loved me.
And lord, I cried the day he died,
'Cause I thought that he walked on water.

CHORUS

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Andrew Lowry alowry@silver.ucs.indiana.edu


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