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SLAUGHTER MOUNTAIN My mom’s dad was a coal miner. Her mother died of TB when she was a kid. When he was twelve, her dad, dying of black lung, slit his throat with a butcher knife. That left her with a cripple little brother to take care of…
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Wow! I sampled all the songs, it’s a great album and I will listen to it more tomorrow. Thank you! Ken Mcintyre

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I never sing this song the same two times in a row. The lyric below is pretty close to how I sing it now. I PLAY C I play a C. I play a G Then I play an Am because it sounds so sweet I work hard. I get tired Then I go home to my woman…
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So sweet.. and I relate sooo well. I only had three, but birthing them in 4 yrs, they seemed double that in number at times. And we were a share the bed family too. I played my guitar and sang for them to put them to sleep. I still have memories of the peace that held for me, and I think for them. Gwyn Henry

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I never sing this song the same two times in a row. The lyric below is pretty close to how I sing it now. I PLAY C I play a C. I play a G Then I play an Am because it sounds so sweet I work hard. I get tired Then I go home to my woman…
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Seems ea song I hear of yours for the first time is my new favorite song of yours! Gwyn Henry

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You look out the window and the creek is swelling. Slowly crossing the lawn and heading up the driveway.... Time to get the lawnmower to higher ground. TODAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Today it’s gonna rain The creek is gonna rise The dam is…
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For years, now... I am quite familiar with Jimmy's body of work. I have labeled many of his songs as "masterpieces." This morning... I realized this JMT song transcends the term "masterpiece." Is it Jimmy's "Somewhere" or is it his "You"? No, it is "simply" a great example of Great Americana Art. Just think of how many aspiring songwriters (such as myself) would gladly go down to the crossroads and talk with Beelzebub... just for a chance to be able to claim they wrote... and then produced... such a song. Bravo, Maestro! Bravo!

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WATERMELON WIND Capo @ 3 Key G On a (G) road outside of Brownsboro there’s a (Bm) watermelon stand Dm Dm - E All boarded and bedraggled, fallen signs peak thru the sand Am…
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I would never sing this song in a room that wasn't listening. Enter You sent Peggy taught me an Eagles song toward the end off our life together. I think it was NEW BOY IN TOWN. I had no idea what she was telling me. I took the chord progression from that song and wrote this song with it. Peggy thought that was cheating.

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WATERMELON WIND Capo @ 3 Key G On a (G) road outside of Brownsboro there’s a (Bm) watermelon stand Dm Dm - E All boarded and bedraggled, fallen signs peak thru the sand Am…
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The 1st time I sang this song in public was at a Nashville Songwriters Association meeting, Fort Worth chapter, and a woman burst out when it hit her. I can hardly sing this song without crying. I really know how to push my buttons. "...ha! Push your own buttons… I know hat you mean. I listened to the song again to refresh my memory…omg it is so pretty! And yes! I remember well, I did get it that the watermelon man was his father. In fact it brought to my mind another disappearing father, that of my daughter Lisa. He passed several yrs ago. So too late for him now. But your song has beauty and meaning for a lot of folks, I am sure." Gwyn Henry

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I can't seem to get it to download or play dude.

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I saw him live in Dallas about a year before he died. He was sooo good. His sweet wife sat stage right and frequently he would go over and kiss her. His playing and showmanship were tops and he was like in my living room sharing the things…
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LOVE THIS!! Just listened. I'll bet Dale would love it too, He passed in 2019, I just read in wiki, at the age of 85. Your comparison to his doctore may have been apt: He beat colon cancer twice and lived on another eleven years. And he left us his amazing music! - Gwyn Henry

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I love this! What a beautiful piece.

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A friend asked me, "Don't you have any happy songs?" So I wrote one! IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY If it makes you happy I will tie your shoe If it makes you happy I will tickle you If it makes you happy I’m telling you true If it makes you…
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Tim Tandy James Michael Taylor , have loved this song from the first time I heard it. Like so many of your compositions, it's refreshingly straightforward, simple and playful- characteristics all too rare in many relationships.

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WATERMELON WIND Capo @ 3 Key G On a (G) road outside of Brownsboro there’s a (Bm) watermelon stand Dm Dm - E All boarded and bedraggled, fallen signs peak thru the sand Am…
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One of my favorites of yours of all I've heard, Jim. Melody is so pretty and chord changes unusual. Guitar intro, so pretty, as is the whole song. Sweet story, and sweet song. I can relate to the adult child who wonders at her/his mother's girlhood love.

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This is my adaptation of a poem by Rosemarie Kempton. "I always felt that it was fitting that you turned the poem I wrote into a poignant hymn that captured the feeling of loss of a loved one. My words sprang from my attempts to understand…
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I worked with Rosemarie when it was first published. She gave me a copy of the sheet music. I’ve had all these years. So happy I did.

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The Inappropriate Question She said, “I can see that you’re hurting. And I can see that you are wearing a ring. Perhaps an inappropriate question, but I’d like to ask you something. Soon I will be a grand mother I have a husband that…
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Marcie Brooks James Michael Taylor another profound poem/song.

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The Inappropriate Question She said, “I can see that you’re hurting. And I can see that you are wearing a ring. Perhaps an inappropriate question, but I’d like to ask you something. Soon I will be a grand mother I have a husband that…
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Thought provoking and full with our human fraility.. The presentation was moving.

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Her real name isn't Luanne and she was so drunk when this all happened (tho she has a cd with this song on it) she has no idea it's about her. About Luanne Luanne’ll take you down But she don’t use muscle She’s found some of your pieces…
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Marcie Brooks Lovingly sad yet hauntingly beautiful

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Capo @ 2 in D (E) Dropped D tuning Actually, it was almost two years. 1965-67. Leavenworth, Kansas U S Army prison. I played the organ at the daily Protestant chapel. Took dictation and typed letters for the Protestant chaplain. Wrote 2-page…
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Jere Reiser I can't imagine. I spent 3 days in the Federal prison in Brownsville for attempting to smuggle 100 biphetamines into the US. They made me shower by myself and when I stepped out there were 8 guys standing about 10 ft away observing and making comments. It went down hill from there. I was threatened and hassled for two nights but stayed awake as advised and was discharged without incident. Childsplay.

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The lyrics of this song, as they pertain to plot, are my exact memory of the event. I had spoken to the kid maybe a minute before the "action" started about how the pressure of the water was very strong. He was nestled down with his back…
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Marcie Brooks Whew! What a powerful song. Thank you for sharing James. Love you man

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The lyrics of this song, as they pertain to plot, are my exact memory of the event. I had spoken to the kid maybe a minute before the "action" started about how the pressure of the water was very strong. He was nestled down with his back…
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Lazarus Knight That will always be my favorite. No doubt the history plays a part.

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The lyrics of this song, as they pertain to plot, are my exact memory of the event. I had spoken to the kid maybe a minute before the "action" started about how the pressure of the water was very strong. He was nestled down with his back…
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Tim Tandy Wow, it's still as powerful as the very first time I met you and heard it, at a Concert in the Attic, sitting next to Barbara, who was silently mouthing occasional lyrics with tears on her cheeks.

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...after reading John Steinbeck's IN DUBIOUS BATTLE and watching the John Ford movie of GRAPES OF WRATH. The opening and closing statements are quotes from the Preacher in the movie. A friend said he wanted to do a video of this track. I…
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very cool. I like the production. Ed Rogers

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