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Obscure Lyrics- Tom Jans "Back on My Feet Again"

 
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:26 am    Post subject: Obscure Lyrics- Tom Jans "Back on My Feet Again" Reply with quote

This is about a half a million miles off topic...no stringbenders or velvet Slammer hammers or Clarence White anywhere......but I'm trying to find the lyrics to a song by Tom Jans...the guy who wrote "Loving Arms"...the tune done by Kris Kristofferson and Rita Cooliage and the Dixie Chicks...the tune I am looking for is called "Back on My Feet Again"...recorded about 1975..on an album called "Dark Blonde"...Ive searched all over the net and cant find it..sheesh I thought everything was on the web....anyway...does anyone know the tune...or have the LP buried way in the back???

Many thanks.....
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rballister



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don- Bad news. It appears to have been covered by Michael Bolton! I guess you'll have to buy the album Very Happy

Look here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002BA5/002-1713980-2632811?v=glance&n=5174
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"When I'm back on my feet again"

Gonna break from these chains around me
Gonna learn to fly again
May be hard, may be hard
But I'll do it
When I'm back on my feet again
Soon these tears will all be dryin'
Soon these eyes will see the sun
Might take time, might take time
But I'll see it
When I'm back on my feet again

When I'm back on my feet again
I'll walk proud down that street again
And they'll all look at me again
And they'll see that
I'm strong

Gonna hear the children laughing
Gonna hear the voices sing
Won't be long, won't be long
Till I hear them
When I'm back on my feet again

Gonna feel the sweet light of heaven
Shining down its light on me
One sweet day, one sweet day
I will feel it
When I'm back on my feet again

And I'm not gonna crawl again
I will learn to stand tall again
No I'm not gonna fall again
Cos I'll learn to be strong
Soon these tears will all be dryin'
Soon these eyes will see the sun
Won't be long, won't be long
Till I see it
When I'm back on my feet again
When I'm back on my feet again
I'll be back on my feet again
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa...that was close...you had me scared for a bit.....but thats not the song...the Tom Jans tune starts with...

The wind and the rain can make me .....
As they roll down the canyon to the sea
...

Chorus:

Back on my feet again
And walking straight and tall
I feel like drinking with a long lost friend
Til I'm back on my feet again...

Thats a little corse for Michael Bolton...WHEW


And the thing is all I know is what I typed above...not even enough to splice verses together.....Id almost rather not know any rather than bits and pieces.,.....
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rballister



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found it!! (nothing like a searching for obscure stuff to get me going). It's a really good tune. I wasn't all that familiar with Tom Jans other than "You should see me now". In the background there's a low key lead guitar that has a very string-bendery quality, although it was probably done manually. Sending it (4.6 MB mp3) to your e-mail. Let me know if it doensn't get past your server.
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man yeah...you found it...thats it and it came thru loud and clear...sounds like a slightly different mix than I recall...or I recall the mix differently than it really is but thats it.......



Where on earth did you find it??
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rballister



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long, elliptical (but quite fascinating) net song search. In so doing, I found out quite a bit about Mimi Farina, Tom Farina, Carolyn Yester and the somewhat mysterious life and death of Tom Jans (Tom Waits wrote a song about him). Whole thing took me right back to "60's world". Eventually landed on a site that looked like it handn't been updated in quite awhile. The guy (Kees van derHoeven--I think Dutch) had put up as a list part of his album collection that he had converted to mp3s. I wrote him, mentioning your frustrating search. Didn't think I'd hear back, but the next morning the mp3 was in my e-mail!

Sounds a bit like Mimi Farina singing in the background on that tune (they played as a duo for a couple of years). Right before the short guitar solo I think Tom Jans says "Jerry" (I don't think it's THAT Jerry!)
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rballister



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My spelling/writing is for the birds this morning (haven't had my morning coffee yet). It's Carolyn Hester and Richard Farina.
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again...thanks....BOMFA is one of those songs that I had snipets of rolling around in my head but could never find the whole thing...and I found a few web sites that looked like they hadnt been updated since 1998....I appreciate your taking the extra step and rounding it up...

Jans was a somewhat prolific songwriter, theres quite a list of people who covered his tunes (Not Micheal Bolton tho) altho his only big one was "Loving Arms"...which I played extensively during my coffeeshop folkie daze...I thought the chicks dug it...It might be Mimi Farina singing back up ...and yeh its not that Jerry doing the lead...I guess there are several conflicting accounts of his death (He died at home in an auto accident on the highway) or some such....
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