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Lyr Add: Kansas Legend (Dan McCrimmon)

Tiger 21 Dec 02 - 08:49 AM
GUEST,AJRamsay 02 Sep 15 - 10:01 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: KANSAS LEGEND (Dan McCrimmon)
From: Tiger
Date: 21 Dec 02 - 08:49 AM

Someone recently asked for this. From the great "Frummox" album (Fromholz and McCrimmon).

Kansas Legend — Steven Fromholz
Written by Dan McCrimmon


Billy was a lad about ten when the horse thieves caught his daddy out,
Cut him down and they rode the stock away.
Billy made a cross of cottonwood and he laid his daddy down,
Swore that he'd keep that land 'til his dyin' day.

Billy had a sister Nell she was twelve that summer.
Bill and his brother tried to set the farm to rights.
She took sick next year and the fever caught her,
She passed away on a bitter February night.

        Billy laid her down beneath a tree upon the hill,
        Swore that soon she'd see the wavin' wheat from land he tilled.

Billy set to work with the burnin' will of a man possessed,
Spent his years and he worked his land and he done his best.
He had an old dog named Jake to keep him company,
Jake and the boy were watched by the people on the North Smoky.

        And soon Bill Orr's name traveled hand to hand,
        As the youngest, toughest dirt farmer on the Kansas borderland.

The bankers asked for money down and all he had was pride,
Sweat and tears don't mean much to the law.
Soon one day, the sheriff came to put Bill off his land,
And make him break the promise to his pa.

        When the lines were drawn, Bill watched the sheriff die.
        As the days dragged on you could hear young Billy cry.

They laid Billy down by his daddy's side and they took old Jake to town.
The wild flowers grew and the windows fell.
But once in a while if the night is warm you can see old Billy there,
Keepin' watch on the land that he loved so well.

        And still Bill Orr's name travels hand to hand,
        As the youngest, toughest dirt farmer on the Kansas borderland.

        And still Bill Orr's name travels hand to hand,
        As the youngest, toughest dirt farmer on the Kansas borderland.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kansas Legend (Dan McCrimmon)
From: GUEST,AJRamsay
Date: 02 Sep 15 - 10:01 PM

Thanks for these lyrics. I loved this song and it came to mind on my ride home this evening.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Kansas Legend (Dan McCrimmon)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Aug 17 - 09:20 AM

I'm so glad to see these lyrics here. Robin and Linda Williams covered this song on PHC back in the 80's, and I had it on a long-lost cassette. They added a crazy high harmony to the song. This tune has a lot of dying and yearning--I just love it.


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