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Grandfather (Chris Hennessy) video
#1242: YouTube video by oldirishladdie
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Grandfather sits in an old rocking chair,
And he hums a sad song to the still morning air;
For this old folks prison don't feel much like home,
And though he's got friends he feels so much alone.

Ah, but Julie comes Sundays
when she finds the time,
And she brings homemade bread
and some blueberry wine;
But most of all she brings him
hope for a while,
Then she leaves the old man
with a tear and a smile.

The old days Grandfather remembers so sweet,
You should see the old Ford
Model T's on the street;
And the hot roaring twenties
were a young man's delight,
With a straw hat and whiskey
and speed kings and dice.

Ah, but Julie comes Sundays
when she finds the time,
And she brings homemade bread
and some blueberry wine;
But most of all she brings him
hope for a while,
Then she leaves the old man
with a tear and a smile.

Do the folks in the village remember us still?
Are we quickly forgotten when we're over the hill?
And as Grandfather drifts down
the warm sunset years,
He can scarcely recall
all the seasons of tears.

Ah, but Julie comes Sundays
when she finds the time,
And she brings homemade bread
and some blueberry wine;
But most of all she brings him
hope for a while,
Then she leaves the old man
with a tear and a smile.

####.... Chris Hennessy of Torbay, NL ....####
Recorded by Chris Hennessy (Ballad Of A Sad Café, trk#2, 1978, Boot Records, Mississauga, Ontario; recorded at Audio Atlantic Recording Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia).

See more songs by Chris Hennessy.

The video above features a performance by Chris Hennessy before a live television audience on Newfoundland Television (NTV).

Notes: The 'roaring twenties' is a phrase used to describe the 1920s, primarily in North America but also in London, Paris and Berlin. The phrase emphasizes the social, artistic, and cultural dynamics of the times. Public interest was focused on the pleasures of fast living through drinking, gambling and racing which readily captured the imagination of thrill seekers everywhere. New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures and radio brought modern living to a large part of the population. Public interest followed reports of land speed records being broken year after year by those aptly called 'speed kings', a name also used to describe drivers who raced on oval tracks at local fairgrounds.



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