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Joe Offer 26 Jun 09 - 11:46 PM
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Subject: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Jun 09 - 11:46 PM

I heard this on the radio this afternoon, and I really liked it. It's the title song on the album The Gift. I can't guarantee the quality of the lyrics transcription.

THE GIFT
(Harvey Andrews)

I was clearing out the attic when I found this battered case
With its handle broke, that old word "Folk" still stencilled on its face
Now it´s cobwebbed and it´s dusty but it takes me to the past
And it was 1969 I opened this guitar case last

When they said try your luck in London, that´s where the rainbow ends
But I got lost in lonely London with so many friends
I got lost in lonely London where the rainbow ends

You should have seen the big man Alex
When he sang us up a storm
He had heart and soul and he set the goal
If you wanted to perform
So I bought myself a Gibson,
Just the same as Alex had
And I practised night and day
Until I drove my parents mad

And they said try your luck in London, that´s where the rainbow ends
But I got lost in lonely London with so many friends
I got lost in lonely London where the rainbow ends

I knew every Seeger Ballad
I knew every Campbell Song
And I sang them right, every day and night
`Til I´d been on that road too long
`Cause there were others out there working
Singing choruses galore
But there was only one called Alex
We were all just one clone more

So I climbed up to the attic
With this bent and battered case
Its handle broke, that old word "Folk"
Still stencilled on its face
Now it´s been for too long silent
With its memories of the past
So it´s time it went to someone
Who could make it sing at last

So try your luck in London, that´s where the rainbow ends
But don´t get lost in lonely London with so many friends
Don´t get lost in lonely London where the rainbow ends

Try your luck in London, that´s where the rainbow ends
But don´t get lost in lonely London with so many friends
Don´t get lost in lonely London where the rainbow ends
Where the rainbow ends


Source: http://www3.lyrix.at/en/text_show/4de8b880a2c81402bc1906e4a4eec8ca-Harvey_Andrews_-_Gift_The


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Subject: RE: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 03:08 AM

Lyrics on Harvey's CD - The Gift (Germany, hypertension, 2001)

words typed from the insert, changes in the singing also given!

THE GIFT
(Harvey Andrews)

I was clearing out the attic
When I found this battered case
With its handle broke,(and) that old word "Folk"
Still stencilled on its face
Now it´s cobwebbed and it´s dusty
But it takes me to the past
And it was 1969 I opened this guitar case last

When they said try your luck in London
That´s where the rainbow ends
But I got lost in lonely London
With so many friends
I got lost in lonely London
Where the rainbow ends

You should have seen the big man Alex
When he sang us up a storm
He had heart and soul, and he set the goal
If you wanted to perform
So I bought myself a Gibson,
Just the same as Alex had
And I practised night and day
Until I drove my parents mad

(chorus)

I knew every Seeger ballad
I knew every Campbell song
And I sang them right, every day and night
'til I´d been on that road too long
'cause there were others out there working
Singing choruses galore
But there was only one called Alex
We were all just one clone more

So I climbed up to the attic
With this bent and battered case
Its handle broke, that old word "Folk"
Still stencilled on its face
Now it´s been for too long silent
With its memories of the past
So it´s time it went to someone
Who could make it sing at last

So try your luck in London,
That´s where the rainbow ends
But don´t get lost in lonely London
With so many friends
Don´t get lost in lonely London
Where the rainbow ends

Try your luck in London,
That´s where the rainbow ends
But don´t get lost in lonely London
With so many friends
Don´t get lost in lonely London
Where the rainbow ends
Where the rainbow ends


Verse 1 - Harvey sings "and" after the first phrase in line 3

Verse 3 - notes have "chorus's" not "choruses"

Harvey also sings the chorus between verses 2 & 3, & the final chorus starts with "Try

Harvey's notes: Alex Campbell was the first full time solo folk singer I saw perform and I thought "that's the life for me." Others thought so too but weren't lucky enough to find the gift of an audience.



sandra (another Harvey Andrews fan)


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Subject: RE: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 04:28 AM

Thanks, Sandra. I marked your post for harvesting, since it comes from a source more reliable than mine. Nonetheless, I corrected the misused apostrophes in your post - despite how they were in the CD booklet, the plural of "chorus" is "choruses."
The devil made me do it.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 11:13 AM

wot! you change the sacred Harvey Andrews writ!


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Subject: RE: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 09 - 07:40 PM

Yup. A misplaced apostrophe, is a misplaced apostrophe...

Sounds the same way when you sing it, however.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: ADD: The Gift (Harvey Andrews)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Jun 09 - 12:18 AM

Apostrope Man rides again!


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