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Lyr Add: The Last Lonely Eagle (John Dawson)

GUEST,Sonja 11 Oct 02 - 08:56 AM
Genie 03 Aug 10 - 09:30 AM
Midchuck 03 Aug 10 - 09:34 AM
pdq 03 Aug 10 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE LAST LONELY EAGLE (John Dawson
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 11 Oct 02 - 08:56 AM

I didn't find this in the DT or forum, so I thought I'd post it.  I learned it from an Ian and Sylvia album in the early 1980s.

(C. Dawson, of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage) © ca. 1970-80

  G             Em                       C                  G
If you go down 'round the bend in the river,
                           D                                            C                   G
You're gonna find a few changes ' been goin' down there,
                 G                 Em                     C                 G
For the people who live 'round the bend in the river
                 D                                                C                 G
Have forgotten their dreams as they cut off their hair.

                       D                                  C                G
And take a last dying look at the last lonely eagle.
            D                 D7                   G
He's soaring the length of the land.
               D                                     C                G
Shed a tear for the fate of the last lonely eagle,
                  D                  D7           (C) G
For you know that he never will land.

If you go down where the lights crush the night time,
Back far enough, so you can't feel the fears,
Remember the woman you left on the mountain,
Who's sitting alone with the stars and her tears.


If you go down to the gas-powered flatlands,
Where most of the people just think think that they're free,
Remember the peace that we shared on the mountain.
Come back to the love that you shared here with me.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Last Lonely Eagle (C Dawson)
From: Genie
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 09:30 AM

I just realized that on some people's 'puters, the apostrophes in the above lyrics post are showing up as a capital O with a tilde over it. I hope that doesn't make the text too hard to read.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Lonely Eagle
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 09:34 AM

I used to sing this. Learned from Ian and Sylvia's excellent recording.

Have to go back and relearn the lyrics. It's another one that's too good to let get away. Especially the "...gas-powered flatlands, where most of the people just think that they're free..."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Last Lonely Eagle
From: pdq
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 11:04 AM

Odd to see this song credited to one "C. Dawson", as it was written by John "Marmaduke" Dawson, longtime friend of Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter and David Nelson, all of whom hung out together before there was a Grateful Dead.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage came out with a really good record called "Moonlight Midnight" released in 1992. This is more acoustic, the songs are really good and so is Dawson's singing.

He died last year on 21 July 2009 in Mexico where he had moved in the mid 1990s.

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