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Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels

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Subject: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 01:58 PM

I am looking for the complete lyrics to the song "Honky Tonk Angels".
This is the song that is sung to the same tune as the old Carter Family classic, "I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes". SOL ZELLER


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Subject: Lyr Add: WILD SIDE OF LIFE (A. Carter, W. Warren)
From: Amos
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 02:08 PM

You wouldn't read my letter if I wrote you.
You asked me not to call you on the phone;
But there's something I'm wanting to tell you,
So I wrote it in the words of this song.

CHORUS: I didn't know God made honky-tonk angels.
I might have known you'd never make a wife.
You gave up the only one that ever loved you
And went back to the wild side of life.

Yes, it hurts me to know that you don't love me,
Though I know our love's forever gone;
And it killed my soul and pride, dear, inside me,
When I saw you in that stranger's arms so long. CHORUS

I'll just live my life alone with mem'ries of you,
And dream of kisses you traded for my tears;
And no one will ever know how much I love you;
And I pray that you'll be happy through the years. CHORUS

from http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Wild-Side-Of-Life-lyrics-Warner-Mack/46E082F07B738BF048256E5C0023FBE3


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 02:11 PM

Roy Acuff's Great Speckled Bird was also sung to the same melody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 02:21 PM

Thank You Amos. Martin, can you give the the lyrics to the "Great Speckled Bird" ? Also, of the 3 songs written to this tune, can I assume the Carter Family one is the original, or am I wrong ? SOL ZELLER


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD (Guy Smith
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 03:12 PM

Rabbi Sol

Here you go. Please note that verses 2 & 3 along with 5 & 6 were not on the original recording by Roy Acuss and His Smoky Mountain boys.

THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
Recorded by Roy Acuff
Words and music by (Reverend) Guy Smith

1. [G] What a beautiful thought I am [C] thinking
Con-[D] cerning a great speckled [G] bird
Remember her name is re-[C] corded
On the [D] pages of God's Holy [G] Word.

2. All the other birds are flocking 'round her
And she is despised by the squad
But the great speckled bird in the Bible
Is one with the great church of God.

3. All the other churches are against her
They envy her glory and fame
They hate her because she is chosen
And has not denied Jesus' name.

4. Desiring to lower her standard
They watch every move that she makes
They long to find fault with her teachings
But really they find no mistake.

5. She is spreading her wings for a journey
She's going to leave by and by
When the trumpet shall sound in the morning
She'll rise and go up in the sky.

6. In the presence of all her despisers
With a song never uttered before
She will rise and be gone in a moment
Till the great tribulation is o'er.

7. I am glad I have learned of her meekness
I am proud that my name is on her book
For I want to be one never fearing
The face of my Savior to look.

8. When He cometh descending from heaven
On the cloud that He writes in His Word
I'll be joyfully carried to meet Him
On the wings of that great speckled bird.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Midchuck
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 03:27 PM

Actually, the title of the one Amos gave the lyrics to is "The Wild Side of Life" - I think.

There's also an "answer" song for a female singer entitled "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," which may have been the most popular of the lot.

Waylon Jennings and Jessie Colter did a great duet recording of TWSOL and IWGWMHTA, sort of interweaving the words.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 03:29 PM

The original answer song version to Kitty Wells was by Hank Thompson.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:11 PM

wrong way around. Kitty answered Hank.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:19 PM

Is 'Fraulien' the same tune also, or just similar?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:41 PM

Yes, Guest. I read it in Hebrew.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Joybell
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 06:26 PM

We use a different second verse for this song and don't sing the third verse. Don't know where True-love got them. We sing the two songs as a set.
Our words to "The Wild Side of Life":

Verse 2, The glamour of the gay night life has lured you
          To the place where the wine and liquor flow
          Where you wait to be somebody's plaything
          And forget the only love you'll ever know.

We had a Gay male fan who used to listen to us in a pub who always asked for this song and its answer. He used to yell "yes! yes!" at the first line of this verse and then cheer me through the whole of the answer.
          Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Joybell
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 09:28 PM

True-love got his version of "The Wild Side of Life" from a singer or an audience member in 1960 or 1962 - in Boston. He had heard bits of it since 1957. In 1957, while True-love was working at Yellowstone Park, a jazz piano player sang a line from it as an example of what he called "hiller music" - which he hated but was always asked for.
                                                   Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 10:12 PM

Sol, Carter Family biographer, Mark Zwonitzer, has this note:


Not only did they take a melody from 'Prisoner's Song'
[for 'Meet Me By Moonlight, Alone'] but A.P. also lifted pieces of its lyric for a song he called 'I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes' which they cut in that February 1929 Camden session. But what set apart that song was the tune. 'I'd known that one for a long time', Maybelle once said of the melody, so it must have been from something she heard as a girl from Mil Nickels or Ap Harris or her own mother. Whatever the provenance, that melody became one of the best known and most copied in country music. It was as if the melody was so deeply encoded in country music's double helix of performer and audience that every time a singer sneaked it in under his or her own lyrics, the songs hit the reflexive thump of recognition. Roy Acuff used for 'Great Speckled Bird', and it became a signature song. Kitty Wells used it on 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels and charted a hit. [Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg 'Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music' Simon & Schuster 2002, p122].


I hope the above quote is of interest to you.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Mark Clark
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 12:44 AM

The original Wild Side of Life, sung by Hank Thompson, had, as Joybell notes, only two verses. You can listen to the recording at Rose "The Record Lady".

For those who've forgotten we had a great thread on this series of songs that ran for a couple of years. The thread is Who/what is THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD?. Gene added several songs to the same melody that I hadn't heard before.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Margret RoadKnight
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 11:08 AM

Great version of "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" recorded by Ellen McIlwaine


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Joybell
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 08:09 PM

Thanks Stewie and Mark. Interesting bits of information. Another small personal note: True-love used to introduce me as "Kitty Litter" when we were performing country songs, adding that it was because of what the cats did to me. It produced a comic distraction that we didn't really want and tended to upset people so I became "Little Idie Clare". Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 12:05 AM

Stewie, You answered the question I was going to ask. I was going to ask whether all the Nashville folks paid royalties to the Carter family for use of the melody. Now it is apparent from your post that A.P. Carter did not compose the melody but borrowed it from another source. I suppose that would now put this melody in the public domaine. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: Lyr Add: IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS
From: Eve Goldberg
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 11:32 AM

Here are the lyrics to "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," recorded by Kitty Wells -- I thought Kitty Wells had written it, but it sounds like it's by Hank Thompson.

IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS

As I sit here tonight the juke box is playing
That song about the wild side of life
As I listen to the words that you are saying
It brings memories of when I was a trusting wife

CHO:

It wasn't God who made honky tonk angels
As you wrote in the words of your song
Too many times married men think they're still single
It has caused many a good girl to go wrong

It's a shame that all the blame is on the women
It's not true that only you men feel the same
From the start most every heart that's ever broken
Was because there always was a man to blame


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Armen Tanzerian
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 06:22 PM

Second verse of The Wild Side of Life should read:

(Now) the glamour of the gay night-life has lured you
To the places where the wine and liquor flow,
Where you wait to be anybody's baby
And forget the truest love you'll ever know.

I do love Hank Thompson's singing. I like to try his version of One Six-Pack to Go.


WWLJDD?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Joybell
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 07:25 PM

Thanks Armen, True-love learned the version we sing from an oral source and perhaps it fitted well with his circumstances at the time. Always good to touch base at the source from time to time if you can. I rather like "plaything", though, so we'll probably still sing it that way. Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: GUEST,LinLap14@aol.com
Date: 20 Jun 04 - 01:10 PM

I am looking for the printed melody to "I Am Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes" I understand it is the same as "Honky Tonk Angels". Does anyone have the melody that I could print out and compare. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 20 Jun 04 - 01:59 PM

Are you looking for the lyrics or the sheet music ? I can provide you with the lyrics, but I do not have the sheet music. SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 01:48 PM

J. D. Miller actually wrote IT WASN'T GOD WHO MADE HONKY TONK ANGELS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 09:38 PM

Box Car Willie recorded a tribute song about and using this tune, alluding to its use in Speckled Bird/Blue Eyes/Honky Tonk Angels, et al.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 10:39 PM

Kitty didn't want to record that song because she did not agree with the Honky Tonk lifestyle, but she ageed to do it and the rest is history.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Purple Foxx
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 03:38 AM

This song was recorded by Cliff Richard who was later informed it was about a prostitute & responded by taking the possibly unprecedented step of banning his own record.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: M.Ted
Date: 26 Mar 06 - 11:18 PM

It's not about a prostitute--it's about a barfly.


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Subject: RE: The Great Speckled Bird
From: Haruo
Date: 11 Jun 10 - 04:00 PM

Although everybody says "The Great Speckled Bird" is by Roy Acuff, all he did was make the first recording of it. The author was a Rev. Guy Smith, according to Wikipedia (the reference there to Coe's "If That Ain't Country" is also worth noting and chuckling over, and there may actually be exegetical value to the Talk Page's note about squad vs. squab). A four-stanza version is in a shaped-note hymnal I recently acquired, New Hymns of Inspiration, and I have copied the melody line and lyrics from that book out into a PDF, here.

Haruo


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
From: Haruo
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 03:58 AM

Sorry, I meant three-stanza, but the stanzaic metre is double that given above, so the three stanzas in the hymnal correspond to six of those above. One half-stanza (3A) in the hymnal, however, is not reflected in the lyrics above:

Her wings shelter men of all nations,
Of earth's every color and race.
She has gathered them all in her keeping
To present to the Lord face to face.

Are these lines also by Guy Smith, and if not, who wrote them?

The date of writing and the copyright status of the lyrics seem uncertain.


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