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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

HARRY'S SONG (FOR HARRY CHAPIN)

I was reminded by my brother Kevin (Twitter handle @cushnakm) of my attempt to write a tribute song about Harry Chapin, following the singer/songwriter's death in July 1981.

Chapin was/is an exemplary storytelling songwriter and humanitarian and it is a big regret of mine that I never saw him in concert - whereas Kevin did several times in the Ulster and Grosvenor Halls.

You will notice a reference to "electronic needle" in the chorus and that, children, is a reference to something called a stylus that we ancients used to drop onto LPs to create sound.....

Anyway, for better or worse, here are the lyrics to the song:



HARRY'S SONG (FOR HARRY CHAPIN)

You took me to some places
and not once did I say no
from the deck of a sinking ship
to some local radio
You took me higher than an eagle
and you never let me down
you taught me simple lessons
of a world a-spinning round

It's so sad that Harry's gone but I can bring him back
with an electronic needle on a hundred album tracks
It's so sad to lose a singer before the final song
now the angels buy his music
it's so sad that Harry's gone

You made my dreams a little sweeter
and my smile a little wide
You made me laugh a little louder
and cry deep down inside
You took me by the hand
and you told your stories well
but when the wheel stopped turning
there was still much more to tell

It's so sad that Harry's gone but I can bring him back
with an electronic needle on a hundred album tracks
It's so sad to lose a singer before the final song
now the angels buy his music
it's so sad that Harry's gone



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