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Lyr Add: Amanda (Bob McDill)

GUEST 02 Jun 05 - 05:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: AMANDA (Bob McDill)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 05:40 PM

I found a lovely tune called "Amanda" (but without lyrics) on a website http://home.wanadoo.nl/bruch/ (It appears under "Lullaby and Sad Songs" and I think at least 1 other category).

When searching Mudcat for "Amanda" I found the following (though there is no date, etc or reference to a thread) from someone called JN; are these the correct (and complete) lyrics for the tune on the above website (you need to listen to it to find out), or is it something else altogether? Does anyone know when the song was written or anything about Bob McDill (I have of course heard of Waylon Jennings, who I think only died in the last few years; didn't he do the theme tune, etc, for the Dukes of Hazzard?).

AMANDA
(Bob McDill)


I've held it all inward, the Lord knows I've tried
It's an awful awakening in a country boy's life
To look in the mirror in total surprise
At the hair on your shoulders and the age in your eyes

Amanda, light of my life, fate should have made you a gentleman's wife
Amanda, light of my life, fate should have made you a gentleman's wife

There's a measure of people that don't understand
The pleasures of life in a hillbilly band
I got my first guitar when I was sixteen
Now I'm pushing (pulling) thirty and still wearing jeans


note: First heard this from Ringer and McCaslin, then again from
Jody Stecher and various friends. Nice tune. JN


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: Peace
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 06:40 PM

I first heard the song years back by Don Williams. It has been done by a gang of people.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: Peace
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 06:43 PM

http://www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com/fame/mcdill.html

Place to start.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 08:13 PM

Thanks to Brucie above; I presume you have checked the tune on the website and it is the same as the one by Bob McDill?

I think the song also appears in the website in the Category "History"; until I saw the lyrics I thought it might have been a 19th century song, like for example "Lorena" (prior to discovering the latter song, the only context I had heard the name Lorena is was that of Lorena Bobbitt, whose act we had better not discuss in polite company, though no doubt a feminist hero by now!).

Amanda on the other hand is a common name where I live in Northern Ireland (there are at least 2 Amandas in my place of work at the moment) though I dislike the usual form "Mandy" which sounds so childish (ditto Deborah/Debbie). I prefer to use the full version of anyone's name (eg Christopher instead of Chris) unless they first express a preference for the shortened form).

There used to be an Amanda Mc'Kittrick Ros (sic) from Northern Ireland many years ago, regarded by some as the world's worst novelist (or perhaps merely the worst female novelist), though she had a high opinion of her abilities. Possibly a bit like the poet William Topaz McGonagall (although I actually think McGonagall was secretly a brilliant satirist). Indeed if he was as bad as they say, the satirical magazine Private Eye would not be doing paradies of his poems.

Back to Amanda. I think she may have been christened something else; apparently when she was a child someone called at the door and her father asked who it was and she said: "A Man, Da" and the name "Amanda" stuck. Sounds apocryphal to me. A bit like: "Daddy there's a man at the door with a bill". "Nonsense, son, it's only a duck with a hat on."

By coincidence I met a former neighbour of mine, Jimmy McKittrick, yesterday when he called at my place of work; I winder if he could trace his ancestry to Amanda McKittrick (who married a stationmaster called Ros)? Another coincidence - the person who wrote the article about Amanda McKittrick Ros, the late C.D. Deane, from which I have quoted above, once told a joke about a stationmaster in the country who invites a glamorous Swedish blonde who arrives at the station on the last train that evening, to stay overnight in a room above the station. "What took place between them is not known, but suffice to say, the floor of the room collapsed. Moral: One should never get ideas above one's station."

Anyway, one can agree that "Amanda" and "Lorena" are two fine tunes.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 08:57 PM

Yeah, definitely the same one. Like Brucie, I first heard it from Don Williams, and became a lifelong fan of his. I've got that first album in THREE incarnations, JMI, DOT and ABC-DOT as ownership of the masters was passed along and companies merged.

I wouldn't say I disliked the Jennings version but I preferred the Williams. Another version I liked almost as well was by Jim Ringer, though I didn't hear that one until several years later.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 09:09 PM

I might have gotten that release progression a bit wrong. His site says that it was also released on MCA, which took over from ABC, which had taken over DOT and hyphenated the name for a time.

JMI was Jack Clement's short-lived label, by the way. I think it stood for Jack's Music, Incorporated.

No matter, it was and is a fine album.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: Once Famous
Date: 02 Jun 05 - 09:54 PM

I've performed this song for years, much more inspired by the Waylon version than by Don Williams'

Waylon's had much more "edge" which was his style, anyway. The last verse, can be modified for what age you got that first guitar (13 in my case) and age you are still wearing jeans at.

However, like Waylon did effectively on many songs, I modulate a whole octive as I start the second verse (D to E). Works great on this tune.

Another fine Bob McDill song I do is Gypsy Woman.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: Dave'sWife
Date: 03 Jun 05 - 01:04 AM

The Waylon Jennings version has that world-weary quality to it plus it has Jessie Colter ( a very pretty gal AND his wife) singing backup - makes it easy to believe he's singing it to her.

If you like 'Amanda' as sung by Waylon Jennings - you'll probably love 'Storms Never Last' and maybe even 'Dreaming my Dreams of you'. They both have that sadness to them plus a lovely melody. Storms Never Last makes a nice duet. I'll try and locate the Lyrics and put them in this thread.


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Subject: RE: AMANDA - LYRICS
From: GUEST,Texas
Date: 03 Jun 05 - 01:13 AM

Waylon - 'nuff said.


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