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Lyr/Tune Req: My Father (Judy Collins)

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Subject: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: GUEST,Dad singing for little daughters
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 06:02 PM

Hello,

    My almost-4-year-old has a book with a Judy Collins song in it called "My Father"... can anyone get me the lyrics and/or a midi or mp3 of the tune? I hear this is a good place to ask such things.

Singing Dad (a guest)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 06:05 PM

my father, judy collins, mp3

Google that. Site says a download is available.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY FATHER (Judy Collins)
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 06:06 PM

Judy Collins

Original lyrics by Judy Collins

My father always promised me
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

We lived in Ohio then
He worked in the mines
On his dreams like boats
We knew we would sail in time

All my sisters soon were gone
To Denver and Cheyenne
Marrying their grownup dreams
The lilacs and the man

I stayed behind the youngest still
Only danced alone
The colors of my father's dreams
Faded without a sound

And I live in Paris now
My children dance and dream
Hearing the ways of a miner's life
In words they've never seen

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father's eyes again

My father always promised us
That we would live in France
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance

I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine
And watch the Paris sun
As it sets in my father's eyes again


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 06:11 PM

By Judy Collins
Music and lyrics by Judy Collins

On audio album Who Knows Where the Time Goes (1968)

Cover hierarchy

My Father by Judy Collins (1968)
My Father by Melanie (1971)
My Father by Nina Simone (1978)
My Father by This Mortal Coil (1986)
My Father by Barb Jungr (May 1999)

You might have some success searching mp3 with the above. Good luck.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Colli
From: open mike
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 07:39 PM

this is sad to think of these days when so many miners are suffering
in the dangerous working conditions...well that is a constant, but
so many have died just recently...I hope their families can hold
onto dreams of living in France or some glamourous place...to
keep their spirits high.

i hope you are able to sing this to your girls..
and that they wil have good memories of listening
to you sing when they have children of their own!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: Peace
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 08:00 PM

Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: Peace - PM
Date: 22 Jan 06 - 06:05 PM

my father, judy collins, mp3

Google that. Site says a download is available.


I should have said, "The top site on the page . . . "


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Subject: Lyr Add: MY FATHER (Judy Collins)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 03:27 AM

I had the Who Knows Where the Time Goes album when I was in college, and I listened to it over and over - but I guess I never paid close attention to the words of this song. I tried to sing it for my wife tonight, and I couldn't do it because I got all misty. What a lovely song!

For the record, words and music are by Judy Collins, copyright 1968 by the Rocky Mountain National Park Music Company, New York.

The Judy Collins Songbook has words that are just a bit different from what Peace posted. It may be that the book isn't exactly what Judy sings, too. Here's what's in the book:

My Father
(words and music by Judy Collins, 1968)

My father always promised us
That we would live in France,
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance.
We lived in Ohio then;
He worked in the mines.
On his streams like boats
We knew we'd sail in time.

All my sisters soon were gone
To Denver and Cheyenne,
Marrying their grownup dreams,
The lilacs and the man.
I stayed behind the youngest still,
Only danced alone,
The colors of my father's dreams
Faded without a sigh.

And I live in Paris now,
My children dance and dream
Hearing the ways of a miner's life
In words they've never seen.
I sail my memories afar
Like boats across the Seine,
And watch the Paris sun
Set in my father's eyes again.

My father always promised us
That we would live in France,
We'd go boating on the Seine
And I would learn to dance.
I sail my memories afar
Like boats across the Seine,
And watch the Paris sun
Set in my father's eyes again.


Here's a MIDI based on the Judy Collins Songbook. It's a complicated piece, and I couldn't really do it justice. I think the songbook is still in print, if you want the arrangement.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Colli
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 06:51 AM

I'm sure a lot of people already know this, but this song is all the more poignant for the fact that Judy Collins' father was blind - particularly the line about the sun setting in her father's eyes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Collins
From: GUEST,Dad singing for little daughters
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 10:36 PM

Hey guys, I am looking into all this stuff... thanks. I have heard a lot of good things about this site from people, and I must say I am pleasantly suprised at the way you all are so friendly and helpful. It's just confirmation for me, because I have always been naive enough to think that the folk/world music universe was a little better and kinder of a place than the rock world I learned my chops in (and finally, thankfully left). Thanks again. Great help.

That Singing Dad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Lyrics/tune: 'My Father' - Judy Colli
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jan 06 - 01:36 AM

Here's the MIDI, Singing Dad. I hope you come back once more to find it.
-Joe Offer-


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