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Lanfranc 12 Feb 03 - 04:22 AM
alanabit 12 Feb 03 - 07:12 AM
Wolfgang 12 Feb 03 - 10:13 AM
McGrath of Harlow 12 Feb 03 - 10:24 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BEEN ON THE ROAD SO LONG (Alex Campbell)
From: Lanfranc
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 04:22 AM

I cited this song in a recent thread on the current situation, then realised it was a long time since I had sung it, or heard anyone else do so. Wanting to refresh my memory of a song which was possibly Alex Campbell's best-known self-penned song, I did a search on Mudcat - no results, then on Google - lot's of mentions, but no lyrics. So I dug out my 1967 copy of "Faith, Folk and Clarity" (Galliard Press 7/6d) and found them. Here they are, with my own update of the third verse shown at the end. I know Alex wouldn't have minded.

Alan

BEEN ON THE ROAD (SO LONG)
(Alex Campbell)
(c)1965 Coda Music, London (Essex Music)

I've been on the road
So long
Been tired and cold
So long
I've been to the south
Where the winds they are warm
Travelling the road of no return
So long.

I've seen what was war
So long
The ruins and the scars
So long
The mansions of mud
The wounds and the blood
Seen the dying of all that was good
So long

The world's in a shroud
So long
A mushrooming cloud
So long
It's the lies and the greed
Of the leaders of men
Those cheats who would take us to war again
So long

Yet hope lives in me
So long
In the love that I see
So long
The courage and strength
Of a young man's smile
The faith that lives in a little child
So long

(Revised third verse (Alan Francis))

Now the world lives in fear
So long
As the war-clouds draw near
So long
Fed by lies and the greed
Of the leaders of men
Those fools who would take us to war again
So long


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Been on the road so long' Alex Campbell
From: alanabit
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 07:12 AM

Isn't there a Bert Jansch song, with the same first two lines, which was recorded by Donovan?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Been on the road so long' Alex Campbell
From: Wolfgang
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 10:13 AM

Thanks, Alan, for posting this song. Until now, I only knew the German version.

Bin auf meinem Weg (Schon so lang)

This site not only has the German words but also plays the tune for those who'd like to hear it.

Wolfgang

Schon so lang

(Musik: A. Campbell, dt. Text: Hanners Wader)

  1. Bin auf meinem Weg   schon so lang,
    zerschlagen und träg   schon so lang,
    bin müde und leer,   will nach Süden ans Meer,
    bin auf meinem Weg ohne Wiederkehr schon so lang.
  2. Seh die Kriege, die Not schon so lang,
    Ruinen und Tod schon so lang.
    Seh die Tränen, die Wut, seh die Wunden, das Blut.
    Erwürgt und verfault, was stark war und gut, schon so lang.
  3. Seh die Welt oft im Traum schon so lang,
    als Pilzwolkenbaum schon so lang,
    euch, ihr Herren der Welt, eure Lügen, den Mord
    an Millionen, die glauben an euer Wort schon so lang.
  4. Nicht nur Greuel gescheh'n schon so lang,
    hab' die Liebe geseh'n schon so lang,
    seh die Hoffnung, den Mut, seh den Glauben, die Glut,
    und was sich in Gesichtern von Kindern tut schon so lang.
  5. Bin auf meinem Weg, schon so lang,
    zerschlagen und träg schon so lang'
    bin müde und leer, will nach Süden ans Meer,
    bin auf meinem Weg ohne Wiederkehr schon zu lang.

Lyrics copy-pasted from the link cited above.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Been on the road so long' Alex Campbell
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 10:24 AM

Good new third verse Alan. I'm sure Alex would have liked it too. And when he sang it he'd have given you the credit for writing it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Been on the road so long' Alex Campbell
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 03:18 PM

I'm still singing it, I was going to sing it last time I was at Glasgow club, but Patsy, Alex's widow turned up, and I chickened out.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Been on the road so long' Alex Campbell
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 12 Feb 03 - 06:16 PM

If you like, when the repeat of "so long" comes round where it goes "so-o-o long", in the last couple of verses you can change it to "Tony and George".

I do this since I sing the refrain when my trouble and strife leads this one.


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