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Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan

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GUEST,Sara 04 Mar 04 - 05:09 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ballad Of Amazing Grace And Slide Show D
From: GUEST,Sara
Date: 04 Mar 04 - 05:09 PM

I am looking for lyrics to Roy Book Binder's "Ballad Of Amazing Grace And Slide Show Dan" and was told this might be the place to look. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Sara


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Subject: RE: Req: Ballad Of Amazing Grace And Slide Show Dan
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 01:57 AM

Darn, I wish I had this CD - Roy Bookbinder's Polk City Ramble. I believe the song title is "The Ballad Of Amazing Grace And Side Show Dan," written by Jason Wilber. I hope you find the lyrics.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Req: Ballad Of Amazing Grace And Slide Show Dan
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Mar 04 - 06:23 AM

Jason Wilber also recorded THE BALLAD OF AMAZING GRACE AND SIDESHOW DAN but he spelled SIDESHOW as one word. It's on his album "Behind the Midway," Flat Earth CD 122, 2000.

I transcribed the following from a couple of sound samples found at Yahoo! Shopping > Music:

... Amazing Grace, how sweet she was.
Sideshow Dan was a hog of a man and he was crooked as a funhouse stairs,
So ev'ryone smiled when he whispered lies about his secret love affairs.
Oh, you can bet that Dan was a happy man when Grace walked by his side.
She had a face like an angel and a body like a building and she laughed like a funhouse ride.
Dan always promised to take his Grace ....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: GUEST,woody
Date: 06 Mar 04 - 07:26 PM

amazing Grace was a carnival queen, she never was rich or famous

    She travelled the land with Sideshow Dan and his two live freaks of nature


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 21 Aug 04 - 11:54 PM

There's a small sample at Amazon, here.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: GUEST,999
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 11:16 PM

It is sung on Youtube--all 7:04 of it from what I can gather.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 11:45 PM

Thanks, GUest,999....HERE it is.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: Susan of DT
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 09:41 AM

I can probably get the words - one of the guys in our circle sings it. I'll ask him for it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ballad of Amazing Grace and Sideshow Dan
From: Susan of DT
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 10:55 AM

Nope, he does not have them written out.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF AMAZING GRACE AND SIDESHOW DAN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 05:13 PM

Here's my transcription from the performance by M. Scott Horn on YouTube (see Kat's link above).
(A few phrases are uncertain; they are marked with (?).):

^^
THE BALLAD OF AMAZING GRACE AND SIDESHOW DAN
Jason Wilbur

1. Amazing Grace was a carnival queen.
  She never was rich or famous.
She traveled the land with Sideshow Dan
  and his true-life freaks of nature.
They say that Grace had a giant brain.
  Her IQ was a hundred an' sixty.
And that girl tattooed ev'ry inch of her skin.
  Man, she sure was a beauty.
She could lift a man with either hand
  and twirl one in her teeth.
She could bend her back like an acrobat.
  She could juggle with her bare feet.
Amazing Grace sure was sweet.

2a. Sideshow Dan was a hog of a man,
  crooked as a fun-house stairs.
Ever'body'd smile when he whispered lies
  about his secret love affairs.
You can bet that Dan was a happy man
  when Grace was walkin' by his side.
She had a face like an angel and a body like a buildin'.
  She laughed like a funhouse ride.
And Dan always promised to take his Grace
  to sunbathe in Tahiti
Where she could lay naked as a jay and display
  Technicolor part of her(?) graffiti.
Amazing Grace sure was sweet.

2b. And Flyin' Paul the Cannonball
  and the Snake-Man Johnny hissed,
And Peg-Leg Roy the buck-dance boy,
  Mysterio the Mentalist,
And Leon the Giant and Lily the Small
  said that awful(?) Grace could 'a' been
The very first tattooed lady astronaut
  for the U.S. president.

3a. Now Western Willie was really from Philly,
  and he couldn't even ride a horse.
But he looked the part. He could stop a girl's heart.
  He had the fastest trigger in the world.
Late one night between the lion's cage
  and Marco's House of Mirrors
Willie and Grace made a plan to shake
  the sawdust off of their ears.
Grace was unhappy to live in a tent
  and travel from city to city,
So she loaded up that midnight Greyhound bus
  and rode away with Willie.
Amazing Grace sure was gone.

3b. And Flyin' Paul the Cannonball
  and the Snake-Man Johnny hissed,
And Peg-Leg Roy the buck-dance boy,
  Mysterio the Mentalist,
And Leon the Giant and Lily the Small
  said they hadn't seen a thing,
And Gypsy Jill said she'd like to help
  but her ball was on the blink.

4a. Sideshow Dan still makes the rounds
  with his true live freaks of nature.
Ev'ry time he asks around:
  "Have you seen that tattooed lady?"
He sits at night all alone in his trailer
  behind the midway,
Drinkin' whiskey and soda, starin' at his faded
  Tahitian travel poster.
And the moral of the message is that lessons are learned.
  Sideshow Dan did blunder.
Don't take a girl for granted 'cause you might be standin'
  in the presence of a natural wonder.
Amazing Grace sure was sweet.

REPEAT VERSE 2b.

REPEAT VERSE 1.


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