Monday, December 13, 2010

Hank Snow - When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again - 1973

So while I don't have any new Christmas records to post this year, this is somewhat in the spirit of the season. Hank Snow. Get it snow? I know. Bad pun.

Jokes aside, this is a pretty good record. The last I checked I didn't see this available on except for used vinyl so I take that to mean that it is out of print and perhaps never has been released on CD. That makes it a great candidate for the blog.

This is a double record, so you get a lot of country for your dollar on this release. Actually you're getting it free, but you know what I mean. Actually, I don't know if "country" is the best description of Hank Snow's music. I think it is closer to "cowboy" music if that is a genre. These songs sound like ones a cowboy would sing on the range. A few of my favorites on this record are "Your Little Band Of Gold", "The Answer To The Blue Velvet Band", "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight", "How She Could Yodel", "On The Mississippi Shore"

"Little Buddy" is quite a song as well. It is a song about a man's dog that was killed by a drunk. It could possibly be one of the saddest songs you ever hear.

And my absolute favorite song is "There's A Picture On Pinto's Bridle" which tells the story of a man who is out riding on the trail when he comes across an injured boy and his pinto. The pinto has a broken leg and so the man draws his gun to put the horse down, but the man stops and the boy tells him the story of how when his mother died she wanted him to take care of the pinto. The boy finishes and utters his final words to the man to take the picture of his mother from the pinto's bridle and lay it near his heart when he dies. It's a tearjerker for sure. Below are the lyrics in their entirety.

I'm riding one bright evening 'neath the starlit western sky
The silver moon down on the sage did shine
As I spurred my pony onward, my guitar I softly played
To the tune of some coyote's lonely cry
Just then my pony halted, his ears up straight did go
He trembled as I stepped down by his side
With a glance I saw a shadow, on the prairie there did lie
A little curly-headed blue eyed boy.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

Not very far beyond him his little Pinto fell
His leg was broke as there in pain he lay
And his frightened eyes were blinking as I drew my Forty Four,
Do not kill me his kind eyes just seemed to say.

"Don't shoot him, sir, I beg you, he is my only pal
We've rode the range together day by day
My poor father is a drunkard and he turned me from the door;
Dear mothers up in heaven far away.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

She left me one bright morning, with the angels she does dwell,
We'll meet upon that other range some day
As she kissed my little forehead then a picture she did draw,
From a golden locket as I heard her say.

"My time has come to leave you, the best of pals must part,
Please promise mother always to be true
Thro' the long and lonely hours when your little heart's forlorn
Remember there's an angel watching you.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

Just then the little fellow bowed down his weary head
And this is all his trembling lips did say
Please take care of little Pinto, try and help him to get well
I'm now heading for a round-up far away.

You'll find on Pinto's bridle, a treasure that is dear
Please put it by my heart when I have gone
'Tis a picture of my mother dear, the best pal that I knew,
I'm leaving now to meet her far beyond.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee...

So there you have it. Give the record a listen. Hopefully you'll find a couple treasures on the record like I did.


Record 1
01 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
02 Your Little Band Of Gold
03 Linda Lou
04 You've Broken My Heart
05 Wasted Love
06 The Answer To The Blue Velvet Band
07 Little Buddy
08 I'm Sending You Red Roses
09 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Record 2
10 Seal Our Parting With A Kiss
11 Anniversary Of My Broken Heart
12 My Fillipino Rose
13 How She Could Yodel
14 Your Last Kiss Has Broken My Heart
15 Under Hawaiian Skies
16 On The Mississippi Shore
17 There's A Picture On Pinto's Bridle
18 Journey My Baby Back Home

When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again Record
When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again Record

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