Song for Gram / Ballad of Bob B & GP

(A work in progress adapted from my song “A Carver of Wood & Wind (The Ballad of Bob Buchanan)”) to music at: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_2523027

(c) 2012 Will James

On a speeding train that delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
Gram took a verse; Bob took the next, neither one of them could know
Gram would sing the brand new song on the Grand Ol’ Opry show.

From the lakes of Winter Haven to the Okefinokee Swamp
It was plain Gram’s pain would write the songs that would take him to the top
And with Emmylou’s sweet harmony they knew it wouldn’t be long
Yeah with Emmylou by his side it was clear where they belonged

Refrain: And if Gram had lived the world would sing a different kind of song
And his gift to us still gives today though his stay was not that long
From the I-S-B and high-flying Byrds to the Burrito Brothers band
His Cosmic American Music came from an all too lonesome man.

What this balladeer gave the world can’t be found on a Billboard Chart
That’s not how you measure a master’s stroke nor what’s deep inside the heart
Yearning for a Calico bonnet from Waycross to Joshua Tree
And every place Gram delivered us is a place we long to be.

On a speeding train that delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
But it was as the Grievous Angel Gram came to say goodbye
As he caught warm winds off Cap Rock with wings he’d found to fly.

Repeat refrain.

Second Version: Ballad of Bob B and GP

On a speeding train that delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
Bob took a verse, Gram took the next, neither one of them could know
Gram would sing the brand new song on the Grand Ole Opry show

For forty years Bob gave himself to the Saginaw GM plant
Yeah the same guy that hung with Ramblin’ Jack and Mr. Townes Van Zandt
But it was to the songs on Safe At Home Bob gave his heart and soul
Now he’s safe at home in Saginaw carving cypress totem poles

Refrain:

And if Gram had lived the world would sing a different kind of song
And Hickory Wind still takes us back to a place we all belong
From the Christy Mintrels to the ISB to Burrito Brothers bands
Bob’s lasting gift was being a friend to all all too lonesome man.

What this balladeer gave his friend can’t be found on a Billboard chart
No that’s not how you measure friendship or the kinship of the heart
Though Gram is gone Bob sings his songs though the years do take their toll
But now he’s safe at home in Saginaw carving cypress totem poles…

On a speeding train that delivered them to a town so filled with sin
Bob Buchanan was there to help Gram pen ol’ Hickory Wind
Bob took a verse, Gram took the next, neither one of them could know
Gram would sing the brand new song on the Grand Ol’ Opry show

And if Gram had lived…. [repeat]


(Ending to the tune of the original, end with: “Carrying me home, Hickory Wind.”)

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2 comments on “Song for Gram / Ballad of Bob B & GP

  1. Joe filippazzo says:

    BEAUTIFUL.Absolutely beautiful.The refrain, moves me to pain:( but oh so true.

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