Welcome to Lost Melodies! On this site, I will share my interest in musicians and songs with you. Please comment on my postings. I don't mind if you disagree with my thoughts, but I ask that you please be courteous
Today, I would like to share with you my interest in a song called Killing The Blues. I think that it's a mighty fine song and I would like to provide you with several versions to explore.
The song is written by Roly Salley. Salley is (was?) part of the Woodstock Mountain Revue. You can visit his website and purchase CDs and/or artwork at http://www.rowlandsalley.com I know very little about this group. However, the lyrics as well as the song are beautiful. The song goes as follows:
Leaves were falling, just like embers,
In colors red and gold, they set us on fire
Burning just like moonbeams in our eyes.
Somebody said they saw me, swinging the world by the tail
Bouncing over a white cloud, killing the blues.
Now I’m guilty of something …
I hope you never do
Because there is nothing
Any sadder than losing yourself in love.
And then you’ve ask me …just to leave you
To set out on my own
And get what I needed.
You want me to find what I’ve already had
I was able to find a copy of this song online perfermed by the Woodstock Mountain Revue. I believe this is the original version of the song, though I think I prefer the Smither and Prine versions.
There are several other versions which are quite good as well. Two that I know of are performed by Chris Smither and John Prine. They are all different and all touching.
Let me know what you think!