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My roommate played this song today - and it brought back a flood of memories. :) It's an old song, I learnt it when I was a kid, it was really sweet listening once again to an almost forgotten tune. But most of all it reminded me of my grandfather (passed away in 2002). You know it's funny and sweet how carelessly you treated some songs when you were young, but when you grow a bit older and listen to them again, there is a whole new meaning to it that you've never grasped before. :)

It's called My Grandfather's Clock, and the lyrics are so sad, brought a tear to my eyes. :eek:

My Grandfather's Clock

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,
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born,
And was always his treasure and pride;

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

In watching its pendulum
Swing to and fro,
Many hours had he spent while a boy;
And in childhood and manhood
The clock seemed to know,
And to share both his grief and his joy.
For it struck twenty-four
When he entered at the door,
With a blooming and beautiful bride;

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

My grandfather said
That of those he could hire,
Not a servant so faithful he found;
For it wasted no time,
And had but 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 hand never hung by its side.

But it stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.
Ninety years without slumbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

It rang an alarm
In the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb;
And we knew that his spirit
Was pluming his flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the 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,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering,
Tick, tock, tick, tock,
It stopped short
Never to go again,
When the old man died.

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who's song was that A&K ? never heard of it but it brought a tear to my eye,just imaging it bringing a tear to your eye ;)


the song that means a lot to me is "what a waste" by Ian Dury ,i aint got the lyrics but when i first heard them they summed up the blackness and intensely meaningless way my life was going,ten years later and they still fit me perfectly :D

i'd like to add a line in respect for Ian who sadly died a fews ago

"I could ramble endlessly ,until they die of boredom"
"I could become famous on a pokey Internet forum"

What a waste!!!!! :D

obviously an amateur Ian,but hey RIP Ian Dury,you genius :cool:
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
who's song was that A&K ?
It is written by Henry Clay Work, don't think it's a famous song... but I learnt it in school when I was about 5-7 years old.
Jern Lizardhous said:
never heard of it but it brought a tear to my eye,just imaging it bringing a tear to your eye ;)
What poignant empathy Jern :proud:...

I remember one time when I cried like a baby. :) It was in 2001, I was at a pub along Tottenham Court Road, watching the Liverpool VS Arse FA Cup final. :depress: I cried a bucket... those tears of laughter just kept streaming down my cheeks... what an powerful surge of emotion. :frownani: I was in a mini crisis that day :eek:, Arse VS Liverpool, I couldn't decide which team I hated more. :howler::D:tongue:
 

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I only know the dirty playground My Grandfather's Cock version ;)

I go for Cat Stevens though. Ya know, Cats in the Cradle, Moonshadow and suchlike :) Sexy beast he was.
 

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i hear this song last year in the original version! ( one famous italian radio" RADIO DJ" always transmitted it!!!!) was nice also if i couldn't understand nothing:D

(and now finaly i can understand all because you wrote it in english:) )
 

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Yeah we learned that Grandfather's Clock song in school too.

I go for Bob Dylan's The Ballad of Hollis Brown on a serious note, and perhaps All I Really want to do on a more humourous level.. both are smashing lyrical works, the former is a VERY powerful song. ...and since Polly mentioned Cat Stevens, I'll include his ballad Katmandu there as well, as much as it is a rather atrocious exotification.

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Military service is hard for some people. My brother happened to be one of those who was put thru an entire year of HELL (1999-2000 Lebanon). We'd only get to see him once a month, and during the beginning it was very difficult for my parents, since it was the first time the house would be a little empty.

anyways enough of that (my brother is currently living happily in Kuwait now, making lots n lots of 'dough' *sigh* :proud: )

Similar to A&K, the following song never meant much to me, until my brother went to the army. I actually cried the first time I played it because I had recalled my bro's appalling stories on his time in the army...and it was actually the 1st time a song made me cry...

Soundgarden - "Boot Camp"
"I must obey the rules
I must be tame and cool
No staring at the clouds
I must stay on the ground
In clusters of the mice
The smoke is in our eyes
Like babies on display
Like angels in a cage
I must be pure and true
I must contain my views
There must be something else...
There must be somthing good...
FAR AWAY...FAR AWAY FROM HERE.....Far Away.......Far Away From here"


God bless Chris Cornell :D
 
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