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Carl Franzen/ Michael Johnson/ Lonnie Knight

GUEST,Norm "MadDawg" Siegel 08 Apr 06 - 09:25 PM
GUEST,a happy listener reunited with a favorite so 15 May 14 - 09:48 PM
Jason Xion Wang 09 Nov 14 - 11:45 AM
GUEST,Ajit Dongre 09 Aug 16 - 02:14 PM
GUEST 08 Jul 18 - 12:17 PM
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Subject: Carl Franzen/Michael Johnson/Lonnie Knigh
From: GUEST,Norm "MadDawg" Siegel
Date: 08 Apr 06 - 09:25 PM

I am amazed at the linitied info regarding the writing talents of Carl Franzen. Check out Michael Johnson's recording of "On the Road" and Lonnie Knight's recording of "Suddenly" I have recently re-discovered Michael Johnson's album "There Is a Breeze" where the quintessetial version of "On the Road" resides. Lonnie Knight's latest release contains "Suddenly" Each of these artists have recorded many of Carl's creations and I am surprized that until now, there was no mention of his writing talents here on MC. Below, you will find the lyrics to "On the Road". You be the judge!
      
                            On the Road
                            by Carl Franzen
         
Back in 1958, we drove an old V-8
And when it turned a hundred thoum we pushed it a mile

Chorus
We didn't know who we wsere, we didn't kow what we did
We were just on the road

Heading south from Canada on a gravel road a mile from Montana
Then my daddy read the sigh that took us in the wrong direction

I asked my daddy were are we going, he just said we're following our nose
So I looked out the window and dreamed I was a cowboy

Chorus

I met a girl in a truck cafe, Ifell in love almost right a way
But the Mercury was ready to go and I had to leave her

Chorus

And when I'd seen all the sights, there was themoon so round
Go home said the man in the moon, go home
Go home said the man in the moon, go home
Because it's getting sorta late, and I'll soon put out my light
So go home, said the man inthe moon, go home

Chorus

There is a John Denver veersion out there with a "shoo be doo" type entrance rather than the "and when I'd seen...." lines. John must have learned it when Michael was a part of the CMT/Mitchell Trio, doing reunion concerts.

This song brings back memories for me and I just love the picture it paints. What do you think?


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Subject: RE: Carl Franzen/ Michael Johnson/ Lonnie Knight
From: GUEST,a happy listener reunited with a favorite so
Date: 15 May 14 - 09:48 PM

Parts of this song have been roaming in my head for over 30 years. I heard the one from John Denver years later and made do, BUT THIS version is the one I remember from when I was a kid and I am glad to hear it again...Really nice and peaceful. It was because I read a little of your info on Google about the song and Michael Johnson that I finally heard it again. thx


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Subject: RE: Carl Franzen/ Michael Johnson/ Lonnie Knight
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 09 Nov 14 - 11:45 AM

Jump to 90:00 to hear Carl Franzen singing his own song

Wonderful tribute show

Jason


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Subject: RE: Carl Franzen/ Michael Johnson/ Lonnie Knight
From: GUEST,Ajit Dongre
Date: 09 Aug 16 - 02:14 PM

I heard the Michael Johnson version first and, like the boy in the song, "fell in love almost right away" with the song. Much later, I heard John Denver's version and, frankly, it ain't bad, either, but doesn't do anything more than the first, Michael Johnson version. Both, of course, do wonderfully well to evoke the poignant nostalgia that the song is about.


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Subject: RE: Carl Franzen/ Michael Johnson/ Lonnie Knight
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 18 - 12:17 PM

I've always played the John Denver version of this song but recently found the Michael Johnson and Carl Franzen versions on Youtube. Both include the "Shoo-be-doo" interlude but add what I guess is another verse, though it differs a bit in syllable count:

"Way away from my home I spent a day or two to see the world around.
And when I'd seen all the sights, there was the moon so round."

I may add this to my performance but I'm not convinced it adds that much. It seems to me to be lacking the charm of the other lyrics. Something just seems to be missing. It feels to me like an afterthought in the middle of the tune.


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