Sing Me Back Home

from by Mark Thorburn

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This is my take on the Merle Haggard classic. I love the lyrics and melody of this song and wanted to try slowing it right down with just a piano and a gospel choir on the chorus. Unfortunately I didn't have a gospel choir to hand, so I recorded myself around 30 times instead. Needs must, n'all that.

I used an old Keith Richards bootleg as the inspiration for my version.

lyrics

The warden lead the prisoner down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest
And I heard him, tell the Warden, just before he reached my cell
Let my guitar playing friend do my request

Let him sing me back home
With a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away, and turn back the years
Sing me back home, before I die

I recall, last Sunday morning, a choir from cross the street
Came to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers
There's a song my Mama sang
Won't you sing it once before I move along

Won't you sing me back home
With a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away, and turn back the years
Sing me back home, before I die

credits

from Dancing Backwards, released August 21, 2014
Music & Lyrics: Merle Haggard
Lead Vocal: Mark Thorburn
Gospel Choir: Lots of Mark Thorburn
Piano: Dougie Thomson

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Mark Thorburn Edinburgh, UK

Mark Thorburn has been playing the "low-slung-guitar-hero" in his head for longer than he cares to remember

This is his debut album.

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