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All Over This World (Chris Hennessy) video
#1219: YouTube video by NewfoundlandMusicMan
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Back in eighteen ninety-nine,
Everybody sang Auld Lang Syne;
A hundred years would take a long, long time,
For every little boy and girl.
Now there's only one thing that I'd like to know:
Where did the twentieth century go?
I swear that it was there just a minute ago,
All over this world.

All over this world,
All over this world;
The twentieth century is almost over,
All over this world.

Does anybody recall the great depression?
I read all about it in the True Confession;
I'm sorry that I was late for the recording session,
But somebody put me on hold.
And did anybody see them linoleum floors,
Petroleum jelly nor the two world wars?
They all went around in revolving doors,
All over this world.

All over this world,
All over this world;
The twentieth century is almost over,
All over this world.

Old Father Time is a-rumblin' and a-rappin',
Standing at the window, thumpin' and a-clappin';
And everybody's waiting for something to happen,
I hope it doesn't happen to you.
You know that Judgement Day is a-getting nearer,
There it goes in my rearview mirror;
If you duck down I could see a little clearer,
All over this world.

All over this world,
All over this world;
The twentieth century is almost over,
All over this world.

####.... Steve Goodman of Chicago, Illinois [1948-1984] and John Prine of Maywood, Illinois [b.1946] ....####
This song was originally recorded as The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over (Steve Goodman - Say It In Private, trk#10, 1977, Asylum Records/Warner Music Group, New York, NY); and on a posthumous compilation album (Steve Goodman-The Best Of The Asylum Years Volume One, trk#6, 1988, Red Pajamas Records/Oh Boy Records, Nashville, Tennessee). Also recorded as The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over by Johnny Cash (Rockabilly Blues, trk#5, 1980, Columbia Records, New York, NY); and popularized by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and The Highwaymen, Waylon Jennings and Kris Krisofferson (Highwayman, trk#10, 1985, Columbia Records, New York, NY).

The variant in the video above features a live cover performance at Erin's Pub in St John's, NL, by Chris Hennessy with Phyllis Morrissey, Dermot O'Reilly and Kelly Russell recorded on the video Rigs, Jigs, And Songs From The Heart - A Musical Journey From Port Aux Basques To St John's, produced in 1988 by Dermot O'Reilly [1942-2007], Piper Stock Productions and CBC Television with assistance from Telefilm Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.


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Note: During one of his concert performances, Steve Goodman said he got the idea for this song from a 1977 calendar given to him by his insurance company. This is why it has also been known as The Calendar Song.


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