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Lyr Req: The Barque of Life (Carter Family)


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The Shambles 14 Sep 98 - 06:37 PM
Pete Peterson 14 Sep 98 - 08:56 PM
John In Brisbane 15 Sep 98 - 03:07 AM
Joe Offer 15 Sep 98 - 03:48 AM
The Shambles 15 Sep 98 - 01:54 PM
John in Brisbane 15 Sep 98 - 07:43 PM
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Joe Offer 16 Sep 98 - 05:14 AM
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Subject: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: The Shambles
Date: 14 Sep 98 - 06:37 PM

Can anyone help me with this one? I tried the D/B but to no avail. The line ends, You've been that friend to me. TIA.

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Subject: Lyr Add: BARQUE OF LIFE (Carter family)
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 14 Sep 98 - 08:56 PM

Well in Digital Tradition there is a verse of All the good times are past and gone that ends that way, but I don't think that's it. I suspect you are looking for the old Carter Family song "Barque of Life" which is NOT (let's modify that to "does not seem to be"-- I am not that sure of myself) in DT-- anyway that is

My barque of life was drifting down
life's troubled sea of time
When first I saw your smiling face
and youth was in its prime

I'll ne'er forget you wheree'er I roam
Wherever you may be
If ever I have had a friend
You've been that friend to me

Misfortune nursed me as a child
And loved me fondly too
I would have had a broken heart
Had it not been for you

I now look back across the past
Across life's troubled sea
And smile to think through all I've seen
You've been a friend to me

Is this what you are looking for?

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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: NANCY SPAIN
From: John In Brisbane
Date: 15 Sep 98 - 03:07 AM

Here's a roughie, with at least similar sentiment:


Of all the stars that ever shone
Not one does twinkle like your pale blue eyes
Like golden corn at harvest time your hair
Sailing in my boat the wind
Gently blows and fills my sail
Your sweet-scented breath is everywhere
Daylight peeping through the curtain
Of the passing night time is your smile
And the sun in the sky is like your laugh
Come back to me my Nancy
Linger for just a little while
Since you left these shores I've known no peace nor joy


          G                               C               D
No matter where I wander I'm still haunted by your name
The portrait of your beauty stays the same
Standing by the ocean wondering where you've gone,
If you'll return again
Where is the ring I gave to Nancy Spain
On the day in Spring when snows start to melt
And streams to flow
With the birds I'll sing this song
Then in the while I'll wander
Down by bluebell stream where wild flowers grow
And I'll hope that lovely Nancy will return


HTML preformat commands added. --JoeClone, 28-Jul-02.

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Subject: RE: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Sep 98 - 03:48 AM

Ach, John, you're making me work too hard. Nobody living has yet been able to accurately put chords above lyrics at Mudcat. They turn out a jumble.
You also can't use tabs at the beginning of a line,
although you can indent a paragraph with the <blockquote> </blockquote> command
or center lyrics with the <center> </center> command.

The most important thing to do when posting lyrics is to put a line break <br> at the end or beginning of each line, so the lines of the song are separated.

Remember: <br>

-Joe Offer-

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Subject: RE: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: The Shambles
Date: 15 Sep 98 - 01:54 PM

Thank you Pete that was the one, and thank you too John it's a good one as well. Has anyone else a version or different verses?


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Subject: RE: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 15 Sep 98 - 07:43 PM

Joe, I stand admonished! I copied the lyrics straight
from the Christy Moore site - I gather that there were no
imbedded html commands.

BTW, I would have sworn that Nancy Spain was in the DT,
but could not trace it. Likewise I recall a thread about
it some time ago, but could not locate it within 365 days.

Getting the chords right would seem to be a challenge. I
would presume that providing them in the correct sequence
- but unformatted - would still assist a number of readers?

Thanks Joe.


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Subject: RE: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 15 Sep 98 - 08:23 PM

Dear Shambles, Glad to hear that that was the one. The tune is roughly Bury Me Beneath the Willow (when the Carter Family got a good tune they used it more than once!) but has that chorus-- do you remember the tune? If All Else Fails email me privately ( and leave your phone # and I will sing it to you. Can't remember a commercial recording-- sorry

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Subject: RE: Where ever I may wander. Help please.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Sep 98 - 05:14 AM

John, if you want to copy lyrics from another site and paste them here, the best way is to right-click on the lyrics at the other site and choose "view source" from the menu that pops up. You can then copy the lyrics and all the fancy formatting, and then paste them in here at Mudcat - I did that on the "Codeine" thread a few days ago, but then edited out the special formatting when somebody else came up with better lyrics. If you just highlight and copy lyrics from another site, the formatting doesn't come along.
Of course, you have to be a bit careful what you copy. Some of that fancy formatting can make Mudcat go haywire. The <pre> (preformatted text) command seems to do nasty things here. Mistakes can be fixed, so don't worry.
-Joe Offer-

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