#03228
The Shelter Of Your Eyes (The Four Ways) video
#1985: YouTube video by TinyDancer500
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In the shelter of your eyes,
I have finally learned my song;
It took so long to realize,
I just can't make it all alone.

Words are only what they say,
But this feeling isn't wrong;
I'm so glad I found my way,
It's good to be where I belong.

And I'm gonna stay right here,
'Cause I'm in rhythm with your mind;
Tune out the world and rest my head,
Neath the shelter of your eyes.

And I'm gonna stay right here,
'Cause I'm in rhythm with your mind;
Tune out the world and rest my head,
Neath the shelter of your eyes.

Tune out the world and rest my head,
Neath the shelter of your eyes.
Neath the shelter of your eyes.
Neath the shelter of your eyes.

####.... Don Williams, Volume 1, trk#4, 1973 LP, JMI Records, sold to ABC-Dot Records in 1974 ....####
Originally recorded by Don Williams [b.1939, Floydada, Texas] American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, grew up in Portland, Texas. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number 1 hits. This was Don Williams' first charted single, reaching #14 in early 1973.

This variant was recorded by The Four Ways with Joan Harvey, lead vocalist backed by herself, Ron Hicks, bass guitar, Brian Small, drummer, and Rod Rumble, lead guitar [1966-1978]. (Gettin' Around, trk#11, 1974 LP, Boot Records, Toronto, Ontario, nominated for a Juno Award as country group of the year 1976).

Notes gleaned from the memories of Rhonda Hicks - tinyd.net/fourways.html
When the agent for The Four Ways asked permission for the band to record Don's song, he played it for Don (and Johnny Cash, who just happened to be in his office that day), and Don said it was written for a man but he really liked Joan Harvey's version. Johnny Cash made a point of giving the agent his card, saying, "If that little lady's ever in Nashville, you tell her to look me up. She has a big future." The agent mentioned the boys in the band would be thrilled to hear this, but Johnny made it clear he didn't want the boys, just her. After migrating to Vancouver and Toronto, Australians Ron Hicks and his wife Joan Harvey, along with their daughter Rhonda moved to St John's NL, shortly after their only album was released in 1974. The band performed for NTV Television in 1975, and Ron wrote a music column for The Newfoundland Herald until 1977. The family managed a converted lighthouse on the St John's waterfront with a floor for private parties, a floor for a bar called the Anchor Pub, and the first floor for the Galley Restaurant. The band performed their last gig at the light on New Year's Eve, 1978. In 1979, Ron Hicks stayed in St John's to manage the The Rose And Thistle, a small pub with a yellow awning on Water Street, while Joan and Rhonda moved to Toronto. The couple reunited in the mid-90s for a gala at the Arts and Culture Center in St John's where they were backed by Alan Doyle on guitar who was just getting started with the band Great Big Sea. Ron eventually returned to Australia where he passed away following a stroke in 2008.



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