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Response to bench scientist (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 10:30 AM

62. "Dock of the Bay" - Otis Redding.

Then:

“Long Black Limosine” sung by O. C. Smith on the “Hickory Holler’s Tramp” album which I have and just typed the lyrics up for this post. If you’ve never heard him sing, you must. Reading the lyrics doesn't begin to touch the mournfulness of this song. I read that Elvis did a great version, too.



There’s a long line of mourners
Driving down our little street,
Their fancy cars are such a sight to see.
There are all of your rich friends
Who knew you in the city
And now they finally brought you home to me.

Now when you left you told me
Some day you’d be returning
In a fancy car for all the town to see.
Now everyone is watching you
You finally got your dream
And you’re riding in a long black limosine.

You know the paper told of how you lost your life,
The party and the fatal crash that night;
The race upon the highway, the curve you didn’t see.
Oh! and now you’re in that long black limosine.

Through the tears in my eyes I watch as you ride by,
A chauffeur at the wheel dressed up so fine.
I’ll never love another, my heart and all my dreams
Are with you in that long black limosine.


Honorable mentions:

Kris Kristopherson, "Billy Dee" ("We just called it crucified when Billy he OD'ed") and "Epitaph (Black & Blue)" said to be about Janis.

Maybelle Carter & the Carter Family, "Will the Roses Bloom in Heaven?" and "Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven (for I know My Mother's There)" bring goose bumps and memories of sitting in my grandmother's lap while she sang similar songs to me in her thin, reedy voice - so much like Mama Maybelle's.

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