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CHAT And now, for no particular reason, what is your favorite ballad?
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    This John Denver song is my favorite. The emotional and complex melody affects me very strongly.

    John Denver - This Old Guitar



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    Josephine by Joey and Rory

    http://youtu.be/DTrkq_41nv0

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    INXS - Never Tear Us Apart



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    Steve Earle - Pancho And Lefty


    https://youtu.be/sDwePk9XfmQ
    Last edited by Cardinal; 12-08-2017 at 02:41 PM. Reason: It's a classic-Cardinal
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    I’m gratified that so many have contributed such beautiful music to this thread. Thank you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Iím gratified that so many have contributed such beautiful music to this thread. Thank you all.
    You are welcome Mighty Curmudgeon.

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    "My Desire" and "Someone To Watch Over Me"

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    Loved the John Denver.

    And I promise someone will smile at this

    Old Hippie (All 3 'verses')

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    Faithfully by Journey

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    Before the Dawn - Judas Priest



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    "The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel." Horace Walpole

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    "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot. My all time favorite.

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    You Don't Know Me - Willie Nelson

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...E6CE&FORM=VIRE

    The Maker Makes - Rufus Wainwright

    https://search.aol.com/aol/video?q=r...&v_t=comsearch

    Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBo-n_17XU0
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    Led Zeppelin, Fool in the Rain and All my Love.

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    "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot.

    Just passed the anniversary of the sinking not long ago - 10 Nov 1975.

    Pancho And Lefty

    There's a great story from the songwriter, Townes van Zandt, about being stopped ... somewhere ... deep in the west late at night by a pair of local cops on patrol. Townes and company had been performing and had a car full of instruments and dope and were pretty well fried, aa year old expired drivers license, no insurance etc. They thought they were toast, but it turned out the locals had been nicknamed - guess what - Pancho and Lefty by their fellow cops. And they were so taken by meeting the songwriter of their signature song, the locals just told them all to be careful and sent them on their way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SjwO17gsqU (04:01) is Townes himself...

    I didn't know Steve Earle had covered Pancho and Lefty - Earle wrote one of my favorite Christmas songs and recorded it on his album Copperhead Road - titled Nothing But A Child, you can hear it at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=2IpckS2ZiXw - 04:44

    Can a Christmas song be a ballad?
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    Cool story Doz. I think Willie Nelson does a famous version of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurane View Post
    always loved ian tyson

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5hWWe-ts2s

    gotta love the fat meatloaf

    b4 his voice got trashed from relentless tours

    2 outta 3 aint bad
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garryowen View Post


    Probably the saddest ballad I have heard. Liam Clancy if I recall rightly died last year. I think he was well - known among English-speaking people.
    always loved this

    first time I heard this was an irish rovers concert

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    Um, Firefly? REALLY??

    Somehow I doubt that’s really your “favorite ballad”....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveReloaded View Post
    Before the Dawn - Judas Priest



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    BROTHER!!! ( You know no one watches our videos, right? )
    always suspected as much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    Um, Firefly? REALLY??

    Somehow I doubt that’s really your “favorite ballad”....
    You doubt me? It's an awesome song, sir. And not just a short ditty to set the scene. I love how it deifies the Jayne Cobb character and freaks him out at the same time. The subtext makes the great song... greater!

    (Actually, my favorite is probably Marty Robbins' "El Paso" which has been posted already. I loved it as a kid, and reminds me of my grandfather, God rest his soul, who thought Marty could've walked on water if ever he wanted.)
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbyV8hy7nQI

    don Edwards and waddie mitchell

    bronco twisters tale

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    I eventually came to really like “El Paso City” by him, the sequel to El Paso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragnarok View Post
    BROTHER!!! ( You know no one watches our videos, right? )
    I also suspect that they are too "Rock" for most people here. But maybe here is one more will like(Maybe even Dennis).

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    I think Willie Nelson does a famous version of it.

    Willie and Merle Haggard did the best known version of it, I'd imagine - and guess what's in the liner notes at the link?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=CvdmxszsDM8 (04:59)

    "Pancho and Lefty" - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

    "Pancho and Lefty" is a folk song written by Townes Van Zandt. Van Zandt first recorded it for his 1972 album, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. Emmylou Harris then covered the song for her 1977 album, Luxury Liner and the song became a number one country hit in 1983 when Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson adopted it as the title track of their duet album Pancho & Lefty.

    The song tells the story of a Mexican bandit named Pancho and a more enigmatic character, Lefty. The song tells of Pancho's death and implies that he was betrayed by his associate Lefty who was paid off by the Mexican federales.

    Although many people assume the song is about the famous Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, Van Zandt denied this. The lyrics are not reconcilable with any historic details of Villa's life and death. It is far more likely, as with many of Van Zandt's songs, that the song is about himself.

    In an interview, Van Zandt recalled, "We got stopped by these two policeman and...they said 'What do you do for a living?', and I said, 'Well, I'm a songwriter', and they both kind of looked around like 'pitiful, pitiful', and so on to that I added, 'I wrote that song Pancho and Lefty. You ever heard that song Pancho and Lefty? I wrote that', and they looked back around and they looked at each other and started grinning, and it turns out that their squad car, you know their partnership, it was two guys, it was an Anglo and a Hispanic, and it turns out, they're called Pancho and Lefty..so I think maybe that's what it's about, those two guys..I hope I never see them again."
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    The entire Highwaymen album is solid gold ballads. Not a lemon in the bunch.

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    The Ballad of Roger Young West Point Cadet Glee Club



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MEJM0cboDg


    David Bray Last call Dallas PD Memorial



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkIp4E3tV2g




    David Bray Last Call (no covering radio traffic)


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    Texas has produced more than its share of singer/songwriters, whose work has vastly enriched the American music scene. I appreciate the work of any number of them, Nanci Griffith is another - try her Love At The Five And Dime if you don't know it -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=2GK462XnRjQ 06:31

    Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris covered her Gulf Coast Highway - it always makes my wife cry when she hears it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=_03-pUBeHaM 03:10
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    Johnny Cash - The Ballad if Ira Hayes



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmNKspKUaTQ

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    You know, I had no idea this thread would interfere with RB’s Dance Party thread.

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    Guy Clark is another - best known of his compositions is probably L. A. Freeway-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPUMthAXJ-o 04:34

    As long as a ballad is defined as a song that tells a story, Clark wrote lots of them-

    Let Him Roll 04:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=_03-pUBeHaM

    The Last Gunfighter Ballad 02:51
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqu-bocIa1Y

    Randall Knife 04:08
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY5MOUO464Q
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    You know, I had no idea this thread would interfere with RB’s Dance Party thread.
    This thread is an entity all its own. Meant to be, and a little different. Reminds me of the rock n roll thread that was so fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozdoats View Post
    I think Willie Nelson does a famous version of it.

    Willie and Merle Haggard did the best known version of it, I'd imagine - and guess what's in the liner notes at the link?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=CvdmxszsDM8 (04:59)

    "Pancho and Lefty" - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

    "Pancho and Lefty" is a folk song written by Townes Van Zandt. Van Zandt first recorded it for his 1972 album, The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. Emmylou Harris then covered the song for her 1977 album, Luxury Liner and the song became a number one country hit in 1983 when Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson adopted it as the title track of their duet album Pancho & Lefty.

    The song tells the story of a Mexican bandit named Pancho and a more enigmatic character, Lefty. The song tells of Pancho's death and implies that he was betrayed by his associate Lefty who was paid off by the Mexican federales.

    Although many people assume the song is about the famous Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, Van Zandt denied this. The lyrics are not reconcilable with any historic details of Villa's life and death. It is far more likely, as with many of Van Zandt's songs, that the song is about himself.

    In an interview, Van Zandt recalled, "We got stopped by these two policeman and...they said 'What do you do for a living?', and I said, 'Well, I'm a songwriter', and they both kind of looked around like 'pitiful, pitiful', and so on to that I added, 'I wrote that song Pancho and Lefty. You ever heard that song Pancho and Lefty? I wrote that', and they looked back around and they looked at each other and started grinning, and it turns out that their squad car, you know their partnership, it was two guys, it was an Anglo and a Hispanic, and it turns out, they're called Pancho and Lefty..so I think maybe that's what it's about, those two guys..I hope I never see them again."
    I had to go read Van Zandt's bio. Sad, sad waste of talent. Died too young.
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    I didn't think I was much of a ballad fan, but some of these are such great songs.

    Love Old Man and Heart of Gold by Neil Young, Dust in the Wind by Kansas and Turn the Page by Bob Seeger.

    Excellent choices in this thread!
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