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Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways

GUEST,Adam 22 Jun 03 - 06:39 PM
Jim Dixon 23 Jun 03 - 08:42 PM
Sorcha 23 Jun 03 - 08:55 PM
GUEST,Dale 23 Jun 03 - 11:13 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Adam
Date: 22 Jun 03 - 06:39 PM

I am wanting to flesh out my memory a song containing the following refrain

If I could only find my way back
to the days of my childhood ways

One verse begins:

My mother, so pretty, her hair not half so white


I have no reference - (I heard someone sing it years ago and it stuck in my head) Any help would be appreciated.

-Adam


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 08:42 PM

Refresh. (I'm not sure, but I think weekends may be a bad time to ask for lyrics. Maybe more people will see this request if we give them a second chance.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: Sorcha
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 08:55 PM

Sorry, I didn't find anything.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 11:13 PM

I've got it ~~ two versions, actually.

Years ago I heard it by Doc Watson who said he learned it from an old 78 recording by Alfred G. Karnes. Years went by, and I kept looking for the Karnes version.   Finally bought it last year, it's on Kentucky Gospel, Document 8013.

I just dug out Doc's version. It's on Home Again! Vanguard VRS 9239

I'll get to work on them tonight, it's a favorite of mine.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHILDHOOD PLAY (from Doc Watson)
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 23 Jun 03 - 11:42 PM

First, I did NOT hit the submit. It did it by itself. Another ghostly thing just like the self-starting CD player, I think. Someday the machines will take over.

Here is Doc's version. I'll get right to the source version next to determine what differences there may be.

From the notes: Alfred Karnes, a powerful singer from Corbin, eastern Kentucky, made a commercial record of this in the '30s. Doc Watson learnt it off the record. It's a reflection of the vain nostalgia that seems to haunt so many hillbilly singers whose minds turn to a Never-never land of golden childhood, school-house on hilltop, meadow in bloom, bird-song in the willows; a land untroubled by guilt and remorse. Some smile, others weep at such sentimental pieces; but they're all part of the scene.

Childhood Play
as sung by Doc Watson 1967

Could I only find the way back to the yesterdays
To the golden days of my childhood play
My life would be different, my enemies would be friends
My leisures not wasted nor my life so full of sins.

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

Could I only find those days as they were then
The golden days to live all over again
My paths would not be empty, I'd make a mark in light
My mother so happy and her hair not near so white

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

Could I only find the days as they were seen
And childish joys not speed away like dreams
The schoolhouse on the hilltop and the meadows all in bloom
The birdsong in the willow and the world not so full of gloom

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play


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Subject: Lyr Add: DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD PLAYS
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 12:09 AM

Irritating, but I THINK I know what is happening. It is possible that it happens because I accidently hit the enter key after typing my name. It's a theory anyway.

The notes to the Document CD pretty much ignore this recording, other than the recording data. They DO mention that Karnes bought his harp-guitar in 1927 for the princely, no KINGLY sum of $375.

There are not a lot of differences,just a few subtle changes. Doc done good at remembering it. Now I just need Stewie to stop by and see how well I did. I don't hear the playS of the title as given in the notes. It was fun, a song that I have intended to add for a long time, but never got a round tuit.

The Days Of My Childhood Plays
Alfred G. Karnes, Bristol, TN, October 28, 1928

Could I only find the way back to yesterday
To the golden days of my childhood play
My life would be different, my enemies would be friends
My leisures not wasted, my life so full of sins.

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

harp-guitar break!

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

Could I only find the days as they were then
The golden days to live all over again
My path would not be empty, I'd make a mark in light
My mother so happy, her hair not near so white

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

Could I only find the days as they once seemed
And childish joys not speed away like dreams
The schoolhouse on the hilltop and the meadows all in bloom
The birdsong in the willow, not a world not so full of gloom

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play

harp-guitar break!

If I could only find the way back to the days of my childhood play


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 24 Jun 03 - 12:24 AM

And of course, since the elves are at work removing stupid mistakes, it seems that I am talking about nothing, which is what I sometimes do anyway.

Correction to Watson version: and not a world so full of gloom

Correction to Karnes version: He MAY be saying yesterdayS and playS in the first two lines, can't tell for sure. Remove not after world in last verse. Don't know why that line gave me trouble in both versions. Easy enough, really.

Alfred Karnes was a magical singer and Baptist minister. I'll bet he could have converted some of us, even. He died in 1958. It is so unfortunate that the record companies only saw fit to leave us with eight songs, but at least we have those treasures to remember him by.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 09:14 PM

Refreshing for an inquiry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 09:29 PM

Karnes' two songs [recordings] are at Honkingduck, and three are at DoveSong. Unfortunately, this song is not found there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 09:44 PM

Only Karnes's recording is entered in Meade et al.'s Country Music Sources (p. 362):
               71. DAYS OF MY CHILDHOOD PLAYS
[Possibly composed by Alfred Karnes; Ref: (5) Doc Watson, 1960s, Vanguard VRS 9239.]

Days of My Childhood Plays (BVE 47233-2) - Alfred Karnes (vcl w/gtr) - 10/28/1928. Bristol, Tenn.
         Vi V40076


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 09:55 PM

I have hunted all over for versions of this song, but these seem to be the only two. It's too good a song to remain unsung.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 10:00 PM

According to Folk Music Index:
Days of My Childhood Plays

New Lost City Ramblers. Rural Delivery No. 1, Verve/Folkways DW-90705, LP (197?), cut# 13


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 26 Aug 03 - 10:10 PM

OK, three! I have virtually all of the NLCR albums, but that one escaped me. Mike Seeger is here just about every year. I surely would have asked him to do it if I had known that. Thanks. I'll try to remember that when he is here next.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Days of my childhood ways
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 05:32 PM

i know this song and play it almost everyday. its a real favorite of my . i play in the key of C


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