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Songs about 'crossing over'

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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 09:27 PM

Paul I forgot about that one, good job wow haven't thought about that song in forever. Now I gotta find it on youtube
thank you


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Subject: Lyr Add: DAYS (Ray Davies)
From: Paul Burke
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 09:15 PM

Odd that this thread has gone on so long without See My Friends by the Kinks.

And from the same stable Days:

Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me.
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me.

I bless the light,
I bless the light that lights on you believe me.
And though you're gone,
You're with me every single day, believe me.

Days I'll remember all my life,
Days when you can't see wrong from right.
You took my life,
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me,
But it's all right,
Now I'm not frightened of this world, believe me.

I wish today could be tomorrow,
The night is dark,
It just brings sorrow anyway.

Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me.
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me.

Days I'll remember all my life,
Days when you can't see wrong from right.
You took my life,
But then I knew that very soon you'd leave me,
But it's all right,
Now I'm not frightened of this world, believe me.
Days.

Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me.
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me.

I bless the light,
I bless the light that shines on you believe me.
And though you're gone,
You're with me every single day, believe me.
Days.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 09:05 PM

I love to play this one
Wayfaring Stranger


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Rank
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 06:00 PM

A very traditional song in South Yorkshire is The Leaf and this is a very good one to sing at funerals. It's listed in the Digitrad as What's the life of a man.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 03:55 PM

I saw Ranger1 mentioned Dave Carter's When I Go. Also his song Gentle Soldier of my Soul is great. So is Chris Smither's Lay the Old Man Down.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 01:40 PM

The Ferry by Dougie McClean - from the album Fiddle . The tune certainly captures the apprpriate mood and the words are most apposite for a funeral


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 16 Mar 12 - 06:04 AM

Hope freelance writer gets work soon.

Is there a song called rocked in the cradle of the deep? I have never heard it but heard of the phrase..

Brownsmeade Flats have a new album with a great song on it called sail away sister...very lively song for such a topic.

when I'm gone

when I'm dead dead and gone there'll be one child born etc.

did we say leaning on the everlasting arms?> David Maloney onb you tube has a great version.

oh..the great African American turned Cornish song..lLily of the Valley...the shoes I wear are gospel shoes and you can wear themj if you choose

oh dem golden slippers

let me fish off cape st. mary's


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: ClaireBear
Date: 09 Nov 10 - 03:08 PM

My "Rowing Song" has been used at funerals. The lyrics are in the forum (here), and Amos recorded me singing it at the Getaway last year and very kindly posted it on YouTube. That version has the lyrics slightly revised in a couple of places. Message me for updated lyrics, if wanted.

For my own funeral, I'm undecided among "When I Go," the Rowing Song, and "I Shall Be Released." Oh, and "Chevaliers de la Table Ronde."


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 09 Nov 10 - 12:50 PM

Well I've decided for my funeral I want them to play Steve Tilstons 'On the road when I was young' from his album 'Ziggurat'. Great song.


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Subject: "Wandering Star" - Tim McKamey
From: Genie
Date: 08 Nov 10 - 03:20 PM

I just discovered this beautiful song.   Tim McKamey wrote it for his friend Mark Spittall, a Puget Sound area singer/songwriter/musician who passed away far too soon, just a few years ago.
"Wandering Star" - Tim McKamey


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: The Villan
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 03:12 AM

Modern technology

Crossing Over - Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher on Youtube

Had a look for a youtube of John Conolly (note the spelling of Conolly) with Fiddlers Green. However John does have a myspace account where you can listen to Fiddlers Green and also become a friend of his.

http://www.myspace.com/johnconolly

However if you are likely to be in Lincolnshire on March 13th 2010, we have a double bill - Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher - John Conolly & Bill Meek at Faldingworth Live Postcode LN8 3SE. This has every chance of selling out well before the event, so anybody who would love to attend can reserve tickets for payment on the door through me.
http://www.faldingworthlive.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 07:38 PM

Too many of our friends seem to be crossing that bar these days. Time to consider some of the music for such times.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 03:36 AM

" Don't Let Me Cross Over Loves Cheating Lines" Jim Reeves

AD 1943


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 12:53 AM

Sounds good, Reg.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: reggie miles
Date: 21 Apr 09 - 11:26 PM

Four of mine from my 2008 CD, "These Old Shoes": "I'm Old", "Up There", "Only Memories Remain" and the title cut "These Old Shoes" would do.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 21 Apr 09 - 12:29 AM

(Old) Rosin The Beau -- which I always thought was "Rosin The Bow" -- has several versions in the DT and forum.

Here's one version that fits for "send offs" for departed friends:

Old Rosin The Bow


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: ranger1
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 08:28 PM

I really like Dave Carter's When I Go. I learned it with the intent of singing it at my dad's memorial service last year, but there was so much else going on that I ended up not dong it. I am going to go sing it to him at his grave tomorrow morning, though.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Ref
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:52 PM

A couple from Cindy Kallet. Her version of David Dodson's "Farthest Field" and her own "Tide And The River Rising."


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 05:07 PM

I didn't mention it, but I thought about it. I searched to find if Fiddler's Green had been mentioned (It had.) and if Rosin The Bow had been (It had not.)   I didn't post it just now, because I wanted to wait till I found a link to the particular version (lyrics) I had in mind.
It definitely belongs here though.

Nobody mentioned John Prine's "Please Don't Bury Me" song (Is that the title?) either.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 04:30 PM

It's remarkable to me that one or more irreverant souls among you failed to mention "Rosin The Beau."

"I feel that old tyrant approaching,
That cruel, remorseless old foe,
And I lift up me glass in his honor;
Take a drink with old Rosin the Beau!"


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Subject: Songs about 'crossing over': When I've Passed On
From: Genie
Date: 20 Apr 09 - 03:18 PM

I just stumbled across this rarely heard song from Miriam Makeba. She was young when she sang it, probably in her thirties or younger, and it's very powerful.
Miriam Makeba - When I've Passed On


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over' / Threshold Choir
From: Genie
Date: 12 Aug 06 - 01:36 AM

Really good cross-reference:

Threshold Choir


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 03:14 AM

Jackson Brown's "For a Dancer," John Renbourn's "Traveler's Prayer." At my wife's grandmother's funeral, they played "Go Rest High On That Mountain," by Vince Gill. On his deathbed in 1938, my great grandfather, George W. Turner sang "How Firm the Foundation," and stated "I Feel Like Traveling On" (which is the title of a gospel song). He was 83.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 11:29 PM

Did anyone mention let me fish off Cape St. Mary's....let me be a man and take it when my dory fails to make it.. mg


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 08:38 PM

P.S. I sang "So Here's TO You" to my dog as he was being put to sleep.
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 08:36 PM

Genie
Have a look at Alan Bell's song "So Here's to You, and our time together".
Not specifically about death but frequently used as a parting song and I have heard it done at funerals.
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Scoville
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 05:55 PM

Gillian Welch's "By the Mark".


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Barbara
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 01:10 AM

Here's the one I wrote for Merritt, in response to his changing the last verse of "Who Will Sing For Me?".
He wrote:
"When you're singing for your friends,
Who's lives on earth are through,
They'll be gathered up above,
Where they're singing songs for you."

And I wrote this one for him after he died:

THE UNCLAIMED PINT
(Barbara Millikan, copyright 2004)

Eight pints around the table,
Seven singers raise a glass,
As we toast the days that come no more;
But the single chair is vacant
And the sorrow's in our eyes;
Tonight we sing for one who's gone before.

CHORUS:
Raise your voices, raise your glasses,
Sing your sorrows and your joys,
We will sing until they throw us out the door;
For the unclaimed pint is standing
At his empty place,
No, he won't be singing with us anymore.


Many long nights we have lingered
'Round our table at the pub,
And time and trials have bound us to each other;
Wings of songs we sang together
Carry him across,
Where their echoes ring forevermore.

(CHORUS)

Yet sometimes in the silence
From one verse to the next,
We can almost hear soft laughter there once more
And the echo of his voice is ringing
In the final chord --
Tonight he's singing on the other shore.

LAST CHORUS:
Raise your voices, raise your glasses
Sing your sorrows and your joys
We will sing until they throw us out the door
For the unclaimed pint is standing
At his empty place
No, he won't be singing with us anymore
Now he's singing on the other shore.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 08 Jul 06 - 06:11 PM

Yeah, it is worth repeating, OM.

And here's a link to another related thread:

Songs for Memorial Service


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: open mike
Date: 08 Jul 06 - 01:20 PM

Across the Gret Divide by Kate Wolf...sorry if this is a repeat...
but it bears repeating


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: frogprince
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 02:13 PM

I'll offer these, as being, if nothing else, songs that would be new to most of the world.

Bound for Higher Glory

Micheal, Revisited

If anyone would happen to be interested in using one, please drop me a PM, just 'cause I would like to know if one of them has had a chance to be heard out there. I'm a non-performer myself, so I just get to hear these sometimes in my wife's (lovely) voice.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 01:03 PM

Here's another which I hope no one uses on my behalf for a few more years (copy and paste into WORD/TIMES/12 to line up chords):

Words and music by Charlie Ipcar and Judy Barrows © 2003
Key: F (5/C
)
Pastures of Memories


C--------F-C-----F-C
Pastures of mem-o-ries,
----G---C--------F-----C—G--C
Sift-ing through life's my-ste-ries,
G-------------C---G
Golden cows and butterflies,
----F----------------C
All on a summer's day.

Once I was so young and free,
Climbing an old apple tree;
Thinking it so very high
That I could touch the sky.

C—F-------------G-F--------C
But now that sky is growing dim,
-----F-----------------G-C----------G
The shadows stretch to clo-se me in;
C------------F-C---F-C
So here's to darkness and despair,
-G-----C-F-C---G----C
I know of a field somewhere,
G----------------C/G
And on my back there I'll lie
-----F-------------------G---C
And watch the clouds drift by.


Midnight on a rock-y shore,
We sang a-bove the wild waves roar,
Trees so black a-gainst the sky,
We could hear the night birds cry.

Love was young and songs were old,
A time for shy ones to be bold,
To gaze into another eyes
And only see the dawn.

Though now that sun is sinking low,
The love that's left still reflects its glow,
It's better to have loved and lost,
Then never to have risked the cost,
But better yet to try anew,
And fall in love again.

Another time in a land so fair,
With sacred groves in mountain air,
I'd ride my horse down a village green,
Round houses lined each side.

Where the Thunder God still reigned supreme,
And people danced upon the green;
They offered gifts to the temple priest,
And drank their honey wine.

But now, where have the Old Gods gone?
Do the sacred groves still ring with chants and song?
Perhaps, I'll journey once again,
Listen in the evening wind,
And pour a horn of honey wine
At the foot of some old tree.

Waves of time drift slowly by,
Now I'm sailing with the tide,
Through misty islands in the morn,
I keep a sharp lookout.

But that pirate ship of yesterday,
Now she lies beneath the waves,
Her timbers buried in the mud,
Where can her captain be?

Now, our time is drawing near,
The farthest sho-re is becoming clear;
So trim the sail, make fast the sheet,
We've old friends we'd like to meet;
They'll welcome us upon the shore,
And join us in this song.

Pastures of memories,
Sifting through life's mysteries,
Golden cows and butterflies,
All on a summer's day

Here's a link to my personal website and a MP3 sample: Click here and search for lyrics!

The chorus of the song and the tune came early one morning in a dream, and the rest just filled itself in. I've recorded it on my first CD entitled UNCOMMON SAILOR SONGS.

I don't get to sing it much but I think I'll dust it off for our traitional music gathering in the fall.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,Rowan
Date: 07 Jul 06 - 02:24 AM

Only remembered for what I have done

And I bid you goodnight

Cheers, Rowan.


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Subject: Songs re 'crossing over' /Lay Down Your Weary Tune
From: Genie
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 02:18 AM

Thanks, rich-joy.

Watching Martin Scorsese's documentary about Dylan, "No Direction Home" tonight, I was very much drawn to the closing song, "Lay Down Your Weary Tune." I had either never heard it or maybe forgotten about it, but I really love the song and it struck me how relevant it was to this thread. So in searching for the lyrics here, I found them in this other, connected thread:

What songs do you want sung at your funeral?


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: rich-joy
Date: 23 Jun 06 - 02:50 AM

"Across the Bridge" of course (from Carolina - see Mudcat threads on subject)
and I rather like Kelly Harroll's(?) "Row Us Over the Tide" - nice version out by Kathy Kallick
also "The Shores of Jordan" (Iris Dement?) as sung by Whalley & Fletcher could qualify ...


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 09:48 PM

Yes, Artful, "I'll Fly Away" is the same kind of theme, but it doesn't express the idea that "I'll still be with you" the way Eric's song does.

Which reminds me, another song that does touch on this is "Bright Morning Stars Together."

And a song that I've sung for friends' memorials which isn't specifically about departing this world, but which I think really fits, is the WWII song "I'll Be Seeing You."

"I'll Be Seeing You in all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces all day through.
In that small cafe, the park across the way,
The children's carousel,
the chestnut tree, the wishing well.
"I'll Be Seeing You in ev'ry lovely summer's day,
In ev'rything that's light and gay --
I'll always think of you that way.
I'll find you in the morning sun, and when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Artful Codger
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 09:08 PM

In that case, there's "I'll Fly Away".


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Subject: Songs about 'crossing over'/Manos, Huesos Y Sangre
From: Genie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 04:13 PM

Here is another one I love, "Manos, Huesos Y Sangre (Hands, Bones & Blood)" written and recorded by Tish Hinojosa.   I just ordered her "Live from Watermelon" CD, largely for that song (although it has a lot of my favorite Tish songs on it).

"Manos, Huesos Y Sangre (Hands, Bones & Blood)"

www.mundotish.com


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 03:43 PM

bfdk, thanks so much for posting the lyrics and CD info for Eric's song Soaring Free.

That rings so much to the voice of my sister as she was preparing to "fly" and be "free." (Which is why Terry Pinnegar's "Flyin' Shoes" spoke so comfortingly to us too.) I must check out that CD!

Genie


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 10:54 AM

What beautiful songs. At any time.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: JedMarum
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 08:43 AM

Oh - I have another.

An Irish immigrant who was very important to the development of Texas, lived a long and productive life there - married into a Mexican family that he loved - and here are his dying sentiments:

The last rays of daylight still dancing on water
the summer heat rises from Copano Bay
I know as the sun slips below the horizon
I won't see it brighten another day

Come and sit by by side for these moments
My sweet Thomasa you've been good to me
I have donemuch in mylife, that's certain
but my saving grace has been your love for me

CHO:
Con este Beso (with this kiss)
Te digo adios (that says good bye)
Nunca llores por me mi amore (never cry for me my love)
Nunnca te lamentes por me mi amore (never mourn for me my love)
Por que mi alma (for my soul)
Vuela con Dios (flies with God)
En la luz (on the light)
de tu amor (of your love)
sobre las alas (on the wings)
de tu amor (of your love)

Born to the glens of the Barrow and the Liffey
Near Ballygarret on the Irish Sea
Blessed by the love of your South Texas family
My sweet Thomasa you've been good to me

CHO


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: GUEST,Pelrad
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 08:05 AM

It isn't folk, and it's a little too strong for a memorial, but my favorite is "Lightning Crashes" by Live.

LIVE LYRICS

"Lightning Crashes"

lightning crashes, a new mother cries
her placenta falls to the floor
the angel opens her eyes
the confusion sets in
before the doctor can even close the door

lightning crashes, an old mother dies
her intentions fall to the floor
the angel closes her eyes
the confusion that was hers
belongs now, to the baby down the hall

oh now feel it comin' back again
like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it.

lightning crashes, a new mother cries
this moment she's been waiting for
the angel opens her eyes
pale blue colored iris,
presents the circle
and puts the glory out to hide, hide


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: bfdk
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 06:14 AM

I like the idea of "still being around" that this song conveys:

Soaring Free
(Eric Bogle / M. Sansom)

Nae need tae cry for me
You only have tae walk
The places that I loved
And there is where I'll be
Nae need tae cry for me

Round autumn's chestnut trees
In Hay Lodge park you'll find me
Dancin' wi' the leaves
Joyous in blustery breeze
Round autumn's chestnut trees

Chorus:
My spirit will soar free
And swoop wi' the swallows
O'er the glitterin' Tweed
As it surges tae the sea
My spirit will soar free
Free - free - free


Wi' winter's mists I'll merge
And swirling nestle
In the shelterin' hills
Where trees and sky converge
Wi' winter's mists I'll merge

And I will be nearby
When pipers swell your heart again
Wi' ancient pride
And Beltane banners fly
Yes I will be nearby

Chorus

So greet nae mair for me
This land was in my blood
And now is in my soul
And there I'll ever be
So greet nae mair for me

Chorus

From the CD "The Colour of Dreams", CDTRAX 237

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Charmain
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 04:59 AM

For a non-religious but still lovely option try Fiddlers Green by John Connelly. Often mistaken for a traditional song there are lots of versions out there of this one...


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Genie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 04:47 AM

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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 02:22 AM

Far Side Banks of Jordan is on June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash's CD, Press On. As Mark Clark said, it is a moving song.

On the CD they talk about how they got the song- written by a schoolteacher in New York - and they alternate verses. In the second verse, June sings:

"And if it proves to be His will that I am first to go
And somehow I've a feeling it will be
When it's your turn to go likewise, don't feel lost
For I will be the first one that you see."


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Pauline L
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 01:31 AM

I love Lay Down Your Weary Tune, one of the less well known songs by Bob Dylan.

Lay Down Your Weary Tune

Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

Struck by the sounds before the sun,
I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

The ocean wild like an organ played,
The seaweed's wove its strands.
The crashin' waves like cymbals clashed
Against the rocks and sands.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

I stood unwound beneath the skies
And clouds unbound by laws.
The cryin' rain like a trumpet sang
And asked for no applause.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.

The last of leaves fell from the trees
And clung to a new love's breast.
The branches bare like a banjo played
To the winds that listened best.

I gazed down in the river's mirror
And watched its winding strum.
The water smooth ran like a hymn
And like a harp did hum.
Lay down your weary tune, lay down,
Lay down the song you strum,
And rest yourself 'neath the strength of strings
No voice can hope to hum.


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: freda underhill
Date: 22 Jun 06 - 01:20 AM

My neighbour has a tape of Marion Williams singing "Mansion Builders" - a beautiful song about "crossing over". It was taken from an old gospel radio show in the 70s, from a record by Marion Williams which is now rare and hard to find.

freda


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Mark Clark
Date: 21 Jun 06 - 11:50 PM

One really great song for your purpose is Terry Smith's Far Side of Jordan. The chorus is:
And I'll be waiting on the far side bank of Jordan
I'll be waiting drawing pictures in the sand
And when I see you coming I will rise up with a shout
And come running through the shallow waters reaching for your hand.

June Carter Cash sang a bit of this song in the film, The Apostle. It's highly singable and has a great melody.

The song was recorded by the Cox Family and Alison Krauss on their l995 Grammy-winning project, I Know Who Holds Tomorrow. Johnny and June Carter Cash cut the first version of this song in the seventies, and June also recorded it with Mother Maybelle and her sisters as part of a Carter Family album. In fact, it is the Carter Family version that is used on The Apostle soundtrack CD.

If you don't know this song, check it out. You'll love it.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Songs about 'crossing over'
From: Artful Codger
Date: 21 Jun 06 - 10:03 PM

Golden Bells (from a New Christy Minstrels album):
..."I'm going there to meet my mother
Where the good and the righteous gather,
When the gospel ship sails that heavenly sea.
There will be no pain or sorrow
On the bright side of tomorrow
When they ring those golden bells for you and me."


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