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Lyr Req: Last Trip Home (Davy Steele, J McCusker)

26 Mar 00 - 10:34 AM (#201646)
Subject: Lyric request; LAST WALK HOME
From: Timehiker

I heard the Battlefield Band perform this on NPR a few weeks ago, and can't get it out of my head. The song is about tractors replacing horses for farm work. The only part that stuck with me was the chorus.

So, steady boys, walk on
Your work is nearly done
No more You'll till nor plow the fields
The horses day is done
And this will be your last walk home
So, steady boys, walk on

Thanks and take care,
Timehiker


26 Mar 00 - 10:43 AM (#201650)
Subject: RE: Lyric request; LAST TRIP HOME
From: Timehiker

I guess all that computer jargon in the newcomers thread didn't sink in properly. Let me try those lyrics again.

So, steady boys, walk on
Your work is nearly done
No more you'll till nor plow the fields
The horses day is done
And this will be your last walk home
So, steady boys, walk on

Thanks for your patience. The only way this old hillbilly can learn some things is to do it til I get it right.

take care
Timehiker


26 Mar 00 - 02:51 PM (#201749)
Subject: RE: Lyric request; LAST TRIP HOME
From: Malcolm Douglas

The text is on an earlier thread; try a search of the forum (through the "Quick Links" box at the top of the page) or alternatively  click here.

Malcolm


26 Mar 00 - 03:41 PM (#201766)
Subject: RE: Lyric request; LAST TRIP HOME
From: Timehiker

Thanks, Malcom. That's the one!

Take care
Timehiker


27 Jul 00 - 01:25 PM (#265844)
Subject: The last trip home - Battlefield Band
From: GUEST,mel@melpitts.co.uk

Does any one have lyrics for "The Last Trip Home" - a song about working Shire Horses, sung by the Battlefield Band on "Leaving Friday Harbour"?


28 Jul 00 - 03:27 AM (#266406)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The last trip home - Battlefi
From: Steve Parkes

Hi Mel. You'll find the words if you click on on this blue clicky thing.

Steve (yes, it's me!)


25 Apr 01 - 04:37 PM (#449294)
Subject: The last trip home: Battlefield Band
From: Liz the Squeak

Does anyone have the words/tune to a Battlefield Band song, the Last Trip Home please?

The only bits of the chorus I can remember are:

***** ? plough the field
The horses day is gone
This is the last trip home,
So walk on boys, walk on.

The verses tell the story of how it is the last day of work for the Clydesdale horses, the farmer now has a tractor and the singer never thought that the day would come when the horse wasn't needed. The last verse tells of how people lined the road to watch them come home.

It was played on Folk on 2 about an hour ago (8.30ish, UK time), and of course I can't remember most of it or the name of the album it was on..... but if anyone can enlighten me, I would be grateful

Thanks

Liz


25 Apr 01 - 04:46 PM (#449301)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The last trip home: Battlefield Band
From: Malcolm Douglas

That old SEARCH thing would find you the words...


25 Apr 01 - 04:57 PM (#449316)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The last trip home: Battlefield Band
From: Liz the Squeak

Tried it, couldn't see it, found the other thread now.... bugger.

Ta everyone.

LTS


28 Apr 01 - 12:26 PM (#451089)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The last trip home: Battlefield Band
From: Susanne (skw)

Written by Davy Steele, and played at his funeral at his request (or so I heard).


01 Dec 01 - 10:44 PM (#601971)
Subject: Tune Add: THE LAST TRIP HOME
From: IvanB

Here's the tune, as sung by Davy Steele on the Battlefield Band Album 'Leaving Friday Harbor' Temple #COMD 2080:

MIDI file: LASTTRIP.MID

Timebase: 192

Name: The Last Trip Home
Text: Generated by NoteWorthy Composer
Tempo: 102 (588235 microsec/crotchet)
Key: D
TimeSig: 4/4 24 8
Tempo: 112 (535714 microsec/crotchet)
Key: D
Start
0576 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0256 0 66 000 0032 1 74 110 0094 0 74 000 0002 1 74 110 0094 0 74 000 0002 1 67 110 0256 0 67 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0256 0 64 000 0032 1 69 110 0094 0 69 000 0002 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0256 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 69 110 0256 0 69 000 0032 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0256 0 64 000 0032 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 71 110 0256 0 71 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0256 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0094 0 64 000 0002 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 71 110 0094 0 71 000 0002 1 73 110 0094 0 73 000 0002 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0256 0 69 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 67 110 0094 0 67 000 0002 1 66 110 0256 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0544 0 64 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0256 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0160 0 64 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 62 110 0528 0 62 000 0048 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0528 0 64 000 0048 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 74 110 0256 0 74 000 0032 1 73 110 0094 0 73 000 0002 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 67 110 0256 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 62 110 0160 0 62 000 0032 1 67 110 0160 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0160 0 66 000 0032 1 64 110 0528 0 64 000 0144 1 73 110 0094 0 73 000 0002 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 73 110 0160 0 73 000 0032 1 71 110 0160 0 71 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 69 110 0160 0 69 000 0032 1 74 110 0160 0 74 000 0032 1 67 110 0256 0 67 000 0032 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 66 110 0094 0 66 000 0002 1 62 110 0256 0 62 000 0032 1 64 110 0256 0 64 000 0032 1 62 110 0094 0 62 000 0002 1 62 110 0528 0 62 000
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the latest version of MIDItext and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:The Last Trip Home
M:4/4
Q:1/4=112
K:D
D7E|F2A2A2F2|G2F2F3d|dG3A2D2|G2F2E3A|B2c2d2c2|
B2A2A3F|G2F2A3D|D2F2E3B|B3FF3E|F2A2B2Bc|d2B2A3F|
GF3E4|-E2F2FF3|E2D2D4|-D2A2A2A2|G2F2E4|-E2d2d3c|
B2A2A2d2|G3FF2D2|G2F2E4|-E3cd2c2|B2A2A2d2|
G3FFD3|E3DD4|-D3/2||



One note - I used quarter notes for the rhythm throughout because each verse is a little different. However, the notes are not sung in a strict rhythm as notated. Feel free to lengthen one and shorten another as the lyrics seem to dictate.

I'll set the lyrics in a NoteWorthy file and get the NWC to Joe and MIDI to Alan.


16 Feb 09 - 01:38 PM (#2568381)
Subject: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: GUEST,Gloucesterman

I'm trying to help my wife find a song, she think, by this title. It's by a "little known" Australian singer song writer. It's about the end of draft horses in the field and the towns people come out to watch the last walk home. HELP. Thanks.


16 Feb 09 - 01:46 PM (#2568389)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: RTim

It is actually written by a scotsman whose name escapes me
as I write this. the Australian is Gibb Todd who recorded it.

Tim Radford


16 Feb 09 - 01:55 PM (#2568395)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: GUEST,Gloucesterman

I found it. It's called The Last Trip Home."


16 Feb 09 - 01:56 PM (#2568396)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: RTim

It is actually - Last TRIP Home and written by a member of the Battlefield Band
See web page below for lyrics.

Tim Radford

href="http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_battlefield_band/the_last_trip_home.html">http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/the_battlefield_band/the_last_trip_home.html


16 Feb 09 - 02:16 PM (#2568415)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: Jeri

It's in the DT: Last Trip Home, by Davy Steele (words)/John McCusker (tune)


16 Feb 09 - 02:35 PM (#2568433)
Subject: Chords Add: LAST TRIP HOME (D Steele, J McCusker)
From: DonMeixner

1st Verse:
G                Dsus2      G      Dsus2/F#
A've ay worked on farms an' fae the start
    G    Dsus2 Dsus2/B   Asus4(repeat
progressions)
The muckle horses won ma heart
Wi' big broad backs they proudly stand
The uncrowned kings o' aw the land
Dsus2/B    Dsus2/F#    G       Dsus2/B
An' yet for aw their power and strength
G             Dsus2/B   G       Asus4
They're as gentle as a summer's wind

Chorus:
Dsus2/F# Asus4    Dsus2
So steady boys walk on
Dsus2/F#      G    Asus4
Oor work is nearly done
G       Dsus2/B      Dsus2/F#    G
No more we'll till or plough the fields,
Dsus2/F#    G       Asus4
The horses' day is gone
G       Dsus2/B    Dsus2/F#      G
An' this will be oor last trip home,
Dsus2/F#    Asus4    Dsus2
So steady boys walk on.

Riff: Dsus2 (pluck strings: D, G, B, G, but pull off on the 2nd G)


16 Feb 09 - 02:51 PM (#2568446)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: GUEST,DonMeixner

Davy Steele was a bouzouki player as well as guitarist. I believe this song was written on the bouzouki from the way the chords lay out. I have tried it on mine and it sounds better on the zouk than it does on the guitar.

It lays out as a great clatter of chords that are too big for the words they cover. The chords I posted may not have aligned with the right words.

Go to Google and search this song as -The Last Trip Home Chords-. There are several choices.

D


16 Feb 09 - 08:22 PM (#2568715)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: GUEST,Gloucesterman

Thanks for the help. I'll probably go with piano, concertina and cello.
It's a beautiful song for sure.
David


16 Feb 09 - 08:58 PM (#2568736)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: curmudgeon

Bob Eaton leads this one at the Press Room sessions, unaccomanied, with a half dozen or more voices on the chorus. No instruments need be applied -- Tom


16 Feb 09 - 09:22 PM (#2568758)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: Barbara

I sing this unaccompanied, and it is probably my most requested song. But you know, I transcribed -- and anglicized a bit -- the words from the Battlefield Band's Friday Harbor, and they do it not only in braid scots with a full electric backup, but they also use a bagpipe on top of the words, at least to the last verse.
And they splice a dance tune into the breaks, Luckenbill, I think it is.
So, if you actually want to hear the words, and I think they're gorgeous, you might want to back down on the accompaniment, or go without, but if you're going for versimilitude, the more noise, the better.
Blessings,
Barbara


16 Feb 09 - 10:26 PM (#2568803)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home
From: Ref

It works beautifully with a quiet guitar arpeggio backing it.


16 Feb 09 - 11:53 PM (#2568866)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home/Last Trip Home
From: Peace

IT IS BEAUTIFUL.


17 Feb 09 - 03:22 AM (#2568922)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home/Last Trip Home
From: Backwoodsman

Davy came with Patsy on a Poozies gig at a village hall close to where I live, not long after he was diagnosed and just before the release of 'Friday Harbour', and although he clearly wasn't in great health, he got up (having been introduced without fanfare, simply as 'Patsy's husband, Davy') and sang 'The Last Trip Home' during The Poozies' second set.

It was the first time I'd heard the song, and with Patsy's and Mary's harps, Eilidh's fiddle and Karen's accordion, it was a masterful peformance. Hairs on the back of the neck stuff.

A fine song from a fine singer/writer/player. Very sadly missed.
RIP Davy.

PS: The tune which goes with it on 'Friday Harbour' is 'The Luckenbooth'.

PPS: For real 'Hairs on the back of the neck' stuff, try track 5 on 'Rain Hail Or Shine', which includes a wonderful singing by Davy of 'Norland Wind' (and some great tunes to go with it). Fabulous!


17 Feb 09 - 07:24 AM (#2569027)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home/Last Trip Home
From: Marje

You can hear the Battlefield's veresion of it here.
http://www.battlefieldband.co.uk/albums/harbour.htm

Great song.

Marje


17 Feb 09 - 07:31 AM (#2569030)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home/Last Trip Home
From: Jeri

I'd read the lyrics before, but I think the first time I heard it was from Dave Webber, and it came with the HotBomN stuff.

I LOVE the fact that the song in the DT links to an Amazon MP3 search and you can buy/listen to 5 different recordings of the song including Battlefield Band's.


17 Feb 09 - 08:58 AM (#2569097)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Last Walk Home/Last Trip Home
From: GUEST,Gloucesterman

Hey Backwoodsman,
The irony in your remarks is that I've recorded 'Norland Wind' too. As did Gibb Todd who also happened to recorded Last Trip Home.


17 Mar 09 - 02:34 PM (#2591214)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Last Trip Home (Davy Steele, J McCusker)
From: GUEST,William Steele - Davy Steele's Nephew

Hi folks, I just happened to come across this website whilst doing a wee search for my Uncle Davy. Glad you all seemed to enjoy his songs. His voice still sends shivers up my spine to this day, and the memories it conjours up; I'll hold close to me for the rest of my life.

Can you imagine how he sounded live!!! Phenominal!!!!

Thanks for all your kind words.

There's a lot more of his work I think you'd enjoy both with the Battlefield Band and also as a solo artist.

Kind regards,

William Steele
Favourite Nephew (lol)