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Thread #138137   Message #3162177
Posted By: Musket
29-May-11 - 12:36 PM
Thread Name: Casey's last ride - meaning?
Subject: RE: Casey's last ride - meaning?
I've been singing this for years now. First heard it when Tony Capstick used to sing it regularly, and having heard many versions, I still sing it in a similar arrangement to how he did it, possibly for reasons of nostalgia!

When I introduce the song, it is normally after singing Eric Bogle's "Love Song of a Simple Man." Hence I introduce it as "Love Song of a Complicated Man." It is, as has been said above, about playing an away fixture to see if it helps get his life into focus, but he only realises that whilst she is lonely, it is nothing to his loneliness despite everything.

The song does seem, by some of the words, to be set in England. Kristofferson was a Rhodes scholar so I am not surprised he anglicised a song or two.

One of my favourites and if I am playing a set, it normally gets an airing.