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My Grandfather's Clock

Verse #1 

My Grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf, So it stood ninety years on the floor. It was taller by half than the old man himself, Tho it weighed not a penny weight more. But it was bought on the morn, of the day that he was born, and was always the treasure and pride.  

Verse #2 

(My) Grandfather said that of those he could hire, Not a servant so faithful he found. For it wasted no time and had one desire: At the close of each week to be wound. And it kept in its place, not a frown upon its face, And its hands never hung by its side.   

Verse #3 

(It) Rang an alarm in the dead of the night, And alarm that for years had been dumb, And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight, That his hour for departure had come. Still The kept its time with a soft and muffled chime, As we silently stood by his side.   


But It Stopped Short, Never To Go Again When The Old Man Died. Ninety Years Without Slumbering, Life Seconds Numbering. It Stopped Short Never To Go Again When The Old Man Died.

Songs Of Our Soil


Here is another great album by Johnny Cash. An album, that down through the years I really have grown to love. Once more the great Johnny Cash offers a group superb interpretations of some usually interesting songs, many of them of his own composition. The folk ballad has a long and fascinating history, and from the genre have some of America’s finest songs giving glimpses of history, of life as it was lived years ago and of many varieties of human experience. With the increasing speed and complexity of these days, not many new ballads are being written, but among those are that are, the ones from the pen of Johnny Cash stand at the top and he presents some of these ballads in this album.

Most of the songs on this album were recorded on March 12, 1959 at the Owen Bradley Studios, Nashville Johnny Cash Vocal, guitar Marshall Grant, bass Murry Harman Jr, drums Marvin Hughes, and Luther Perkins electric guitar

He begins his program with "Drink To Me" a kind of temperance message with echoes of "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes" threaded through it; what is heard here is a more contemporary arrangement of the basic theme. In "Five Feet High And Rising" Johnny offers a singularly convincing ballad of flood waters and the imminent threat they provided, while " The Man On The Hill" is a ballad of hard times that might have originated in the dust bowls in the thirties. Hank And Joe And Me tells a story of waterless miners making their way across a desert, while "Clementine" is an outstanding example of the narrative ballad form. "The Great Speckled Bird" which closes the first half of the program, is widely-known ballad of the religious variety, with a mystic approach unusual in such music.

The second portion begins with "I Want To Go Home" a lively number with a delightful, quiet humor, and then changes pace with " The Caretaker" a mournful morality tale of a hermit who withdrawn from the world. An air of authentic history is the special feature of " Old Apache Squaw" while "Don’t Step On Mother’s Roses" is a sentimental tale told in terms of music. "My Grandfathers Clock" of course, is an old favorite, and Johnny concludes his program with the simple philosophy of " It Could Be You"

Hank And Joe And Me

One great ballad, sang by Johnny Cash was," Hank And Joe And Me" it was on track three on side one of this album. It tells a great story of three miners crossing the desert and ran out of water. And then having to leave one behind, dead or dying, or they would all surly die. Every time I heard Johnny Cash do this song, a real picture would always flash across the movie screen of my mind, of those three dying miner’s. It was almost like I was right there with them. 
Great Song Steven Menke   

Old Apache Squaw

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Old Apache Squaw, I thought was one of Johnny Cash’s finest songs that he ever sang or wrote. Though it never was a big hit or never charted on country hit parade as a fan I always treasured it and played it many times as I was growing up. The song Old Apache Squaw was on the Songs Of Our Soil Album. It was once said that Columbia records did not want to release the song on the album. It was also mentioned in Johnny Cash’s New book that the song Old Apache Squaw  was Johnny Cash's first protest song. I myself as a fan never saw the song as a protest song. As a young teenager listening to the song I began to realize that this singer and song writer was a compassionate man. Protest song maybe but as looking through the eyes of a young fan years ago and even to this day the song draws a vivid picture in my mind of a woman that had felt and seen many years of pain and sorrow. Through the song I still can see her standing there and not knowing if it is mist or tears coming from her eyes. Never has a song said so much in just a few words. Thanks Johnny Cash for the. song    Steven Menke

Just One More Trip To Town

Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull, posed for a studio portrait in costume in 1885,the year Sitting Bull traveled with Cody. It was said that Cody always treated Sitting Bull –as well as the other Indians in his show - with great respect.

Oh My Darling Clementine

Calamity Jane – real name Martha Jane Cannary – sports the stage costume she wore after a dozen dime novels about her supposed feats had made her famous. Calamity claimed to be Wild Bill Cody’s wife and was buried beside him, when she died in 1903

Words To Hank And Joe And Me

Verse #1

Well, In The Desert Where We Searched For Gold
The Days Are Hot And The Nights Are Cold
Hank And Joe And Me Walked On, So Bold And Brave And Free
For Days And Days We Fought The Heat
I Got So Thirsty And I Got So Weak
And When I Fell Cause I Couldn't Go, I heard Hank Say To Joe


He's Dying For Water, Hear Him Crying, For Water
Well Lay him Down In The Dust And Sand He Said
Joe You Know He's A Dying Man Leave Him There And Let Him Die
I Can't stand To Hear Hear Him Cry For Water
He Couldn't Stand To Hear Me Cry For Water

Verse #2

I Don't remember How Long I Lay,
But When I Awoke It Was The Break Of Day
Buzzards Circled Miles Ahead, I Knew Hank And Joe Where Dead
My Eyes Where Dimmed But I Could See
A Bed Of Gold - Nuggets Under Me, Now I Know It Won't Be Long
Tell They Decorate My Bones


Cause I'm Dying, For Water, Can't Help Crying for Water
Well, They layed Me Down In The Dust And Sand He Said
Joe You Know He's A Dying Man Leave Him There And Let Him Die
I Can't stand To Hear Hear Him Cry For Water
He Couldn't Stand To Hear Me Cry For Water

Words And Song By Johnny Cash

In The Desert Where We Searched For Gold

Links To Words of Other Songs

Home Of The Blues

Big River

I walk The Line

( Ghost ) Riders In The Sky

Forty Shades Of Green

All Over Again

What I Care

The Orange Blossom Special






Revised: September 03, 2007

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