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skw@worldmusic.de Lyr Add: George Fox (Sydney Carter) (28) Lyr Add: RUN THE FILM BACKWARDS (Sydney Carter)^^ 27 Aug 98


Joe - Another lovely Sydney Carter song, to the tune of 'Grandfather's Clock', is 'Run the Film Backwards'. It's not in the DT under this title (though it may be under another). And as usual, I can't supply the tune, just the words.

At the grand old age of eighty-seven they took me from my coffin
And they gave me a flannel nightshirt I could travel off in
Toothless, old and wrinkled I lay there on my bed
And slowly I forgot about the time when I'd been dead

The day when I was sixty-five ended my enjoyment
I had to put on working clothes and go to my employment
Then when I was sixty I found I had a wife
That explained the children - I'd wondered all my life

I kept on growing younger, growing healthier and stronger
Till at the age of twenty-one I had a wife no longer
I found myself with younger girls rolling in the clove
Till then one day I woke to find those happy times were ove

Playing football after school and sausages a-cookin
Puffing on a cigarette when the teacher wasn't lookin
The trees are getting taller now, the streets are getting wide
And Mother means the world to me, soon I'll be inside he

Now in here it's very dark, and nothing can I se
I hear the first beats of my heart, I wonder who I'll b

It's been recorded by Iain MacKintosh on 'Gentle Persuasion' (1988), now out on CD and probably available from Greentrax in Edinburgh. - Susanne




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