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"October the Twelfth"

Discussion in 'Words and Music' started by Travellerman, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Well, seeing as we are nearly in October the Twelfth, I thought I'd give this track a play on the iPod. It's always stopped me doing whatever it was I was doing when I have played it, one of those songs I just have to listen to, properly.

    Go on, pull out your copy of Sophisticated Beggar and give it a 'spin' and as you do so, consider that the song is over 40 years old now. (How frightening is that! :w00t:).

    "How many gods do you think there can be?..."

  2. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier


    Why are you frightened of time or getting older? It's all an illusion isn't
    it ?

    aw :nopity:
  3. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    My grey hairs aren't an illusion :wink:.

    No, the frightening part is how fast time flies, accelerating all the time it would seem.
  4. scotpaulabear

    scotpaulabear Halfway up my own guitar, propping up another bar

    Amen, brother. It's scary how many of my fave albums are well into their 20-something years... aren't *I* still 20-something? :blushing:
  5. HarperPR

    HarperPR My destiny offers me up like a lamb

    Oh, Trav, you're still a good-looking-Robert-Plant-kinda-guy though.:blushing:

    As Mr Harper (Snr) said, time doesn't pass, it flies.

    And it does seem to fly ever faster the older you get.

    And talking of which, only 73 shopping days til Christmas! :D
  6. SHAUN I

    SHAUN I It's so clear on the wings of the dawn

    "And then one day you find ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun."

    This has happened twice to me now! :biggrin:
  7. NoCelebrity

    NoCelebrity Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Good Times BEGIN

    Just turned 49.

    As kids, we all envied adults.

    As an adult, I refuse to envy my childhood. I'm bigger, smarter, and stronger! I take care of myself, and clean up my own messes.

    I probably have this perspective because I have no kids of my own ("that I know of...").

    I loved having lunch occasionally with my DAD (when he was alive) and his fellow ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out).

    WARNING: Dueling Infirmities can lead to loss of appetite!

    "My knees are shot."
    "I'm constipated. And I have to pee."
    "I can't eat this. I have high blood pressure. Pass the salt."
    "I just had my prostate examined. They lost the biopsy sample, and now I have blood in my urine."
    "My wife's got alzheimers."
    "What'd you say. I need a new battery for my hearing aid."
    "Does this mole look cancerous?"
  8. NoCelebrity

    NoCelebrity Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    Sorry, lost track. (I was following the traffic ahead).

    Good idea. Four days late, but I'll give it a listen, T'man!
  9. Travellerman

    Travellerman Aye lad, I knew you had it in you

    It's that day again... :D Tempus fugit
  10. pd

    pd Slightly Desperate Staff Member

    ... listening at this very moment ...
  11. Kenny_Wisdom

    Kenny_Wisdom Computer stained fingers

    ...Me too...
  12. hotmitts

    hotmitts I've got a zappy little nappy

    Does anyone know who this song is about? The lyrics suggest someone who has died, and maybe the Oct 12th is the date of their death? I don't have the Vinyl handy but the sleeve notes just give a year after the songs' title (I can't remember which year because I don't have the Vinyl handy), which made me think that I suppose.
    It's a beautiful song and I've always wondered.
  13. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Good question!

    Good question, here's a cover of it anyway :


    Page 20 in his wonderful book The passions of great fortune he says "Always a funny old day,and obviously a pretty reflective day for me in 1965. Sounds like one of those double Sundays."

    A mention on here :


    Roy was born June 12th 1941 btw

    A x
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  14. hotmitts

    hotmitts I've got a zappy little nappy

    Thanks aspwatterson! The next thing I was going to do was learn on the guitar so that's great. I read he uses a DADGAD tuning on this ?
    Think it's one of my favourite Harper songs, I love the way the lyrics turn right at the end.
  15. aspwatterson

    aspwatterson The Unknown Soldier

    Any tuning can be transcribed from standard and Roy loved experimentating!

    In standard,Aaro's site link here which can be found in the Stormcock library here anyway :


    But when you search guitar tab sites you can find it in open tuning :


    A x

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