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Lyr Req: The Old Button Box

GUEST,Ron Higgins 03 Apr 03 - 03:35 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 03 Apr 03 - 11:13 AM
Jim Dixon 12 Jan 12 - 07:14 PM
MartinRyan 13 Jan 12 - 03:35 AM
GUEST,leeneia 13 Jan 12 - 03:53 PM
GUEST,leeneia 13 Jan 12 - 03:55 PM
MartinRyan 13 Jan 12 - 04:34 PM
GUEST,Ben Winter 06 Jun 13 - 04:47 PM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 06 Jun 13 - 04:53 PM
GUEST 06 Jun 13 - 04:54 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST,Ron Higgins
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 03:35 AM

Anyone have the lyric or any information on the Irish song "The Old Button Box" - has it been recorded by anyone other than Foster & Allen? Who wrote it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 11:13 AM

No lyrics, but some information about the song is at the web-sites listed below for Foster & Allen. Foster and Allen - Mentions Will Starr
Foster & Allen - Will Starr Mention
 
Besides, Foster and Allen, here are two other links for recordings with the song:

Linton MacMillan
Alexander Bros


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE OLD BUTTON BOX
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Jan 12 - 07:14 PM

THE OLD BUTTON BOX
As sung by Foster & Allen on "Memories" (2010)*

Where pit-heads and bings(?) were the mountains of home,
When the dark nineteen-twenties brought cares of their own,
The sons of the miners knew when they were grown,
They'd follow the path to the mines.

But one lad just listened as his father would play
On an old button box at the close of the day,
And the sound of the pit-wheel would fade far away
As the music took over his mind.

CHORUS: So dance with me, darlin', to the old button box.
With you in my arms I can turn back the clock.
And, Will, if you're listening, the Jacqueline Waltz**
Is playing in our dreams tonight.

The tunes from his fingers would fly like a bird.
His name on ev'ryone's lips could be heard.
Of the gift he was born with, he spoke not a word,
But the music said more than the man.

CHORUS

But for all of the pleasure and joy that he gave,
His fame brought no fortune from cradle to grave.
He battled through dark days determined and brave,
Till at last he was freed from the pain.

And now when I'm lonely, I know I can hear
A gentle accordion tune in my ear;
And I feel all the cares of the day disappear.
Just listen; he's playing again.

[Accordion solo]

CHORUS
You're playing in our dreams tonight.


[* THE OLD BUTTON BOX was also recorded by Foster & Allen on "Sing Along with Foster & Allen" (1999), by The Alexander Brothers on "Now" (1990), and by Dick Black and His Scottish Dance Band on "On with the Dance" (1993), where it was called TRIBUTE TO WILL STAR: [sic] THE OLD BUTTON BOX.

[** The Jacqueline Waltz was written by Will Starr.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 03:35 AM

"bings" is correct:

Click here

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 03:53 PM

I clicked but did not care to activate my free 14-day trial. So I went to my unabridged dictionary to learn that a bing is a heap or pile, as of ore, stones, earth, grain, wood.

It comes from the Old Norse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 03:55 PM

Thanks for the lyrics, Jim.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: MartinRyan
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 04:34 PM

Sorry about that, GUESTleenia - the link operated correctly for me initially and when I checked it - but is now going through the "free trial" routine! Must say I'd never heard the word used in that sense.

Regards


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST,Ben Winter
Date: 06 Jun 13 - 04:47 PM

Could anyone tell me who wrote "The Old Button Box"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 06 Jun 13 - 04:53 PM

Don't know who wrote this but bings are Scottish slagheaps


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Old Button Box
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Jun 13 - 04:54 PM

http://www.willstarr.com/buttonbox.php


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