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  • That Old Banjo (Original Song)

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    That Old Banjo - Original Song

    The Volleyballjones Pickers (aka Bluegrass Bombers)
    David Durham - upright bass,
    David Evans - fiddle,
    John Lee - banjo & vocals,
    Steve Evans - guitar
    John McGinty - sound recording

    ***

    "That Old Banjo" by Steve Evans
    Lyrics:
    I got my first banjo in a far-away-land
    It needed a cleanin' and dustin off the sand
    That old banjo means a lot to me
    I wouldn't trade it for the world
    And bein a picker in a bluegrass band
    That's all I want to be

    I'm glad I had my upright bass, when the ship went down
    I used it as a life boat - "So I wouldn't drown"
    That old upright means a lot to me
    I wouldn't trade it for the world
    And bein a picker in a bluegrass band
    That's all I want to be

    I found an old French fiddle, at Oliver's Antiques
    They said that it's haunted - "That don't bother me"
    That old fiddle means a lot to me
    I wouldn't trade it for the world
    And bein a picker in a bluegrass band
    That's all I want to be

    That guitar in the attic, belonged to Uncle Stan
    A sunburst L-7 "With parallelograms"
    That old Gibson means a lot to me
    I wouldn't trade it for the world
    And bein a picker in a bluegrass band
    That's all I want to be

    ***

    Thanks to Dr. Schuller for her cameo appearance, and to Pat Riley and the Little Rock Athletic Club for the use of the sand volleyball court for the archeological dig. Special thanks to Sherry Oliver of Oliver's Antiques, and to Beverly Moore for assistance with laser pointers on the fiddle's eyes. Thanks to Michael Evans for help with the filming of the talking violin head.

    Info about the fiddle: Made in France, circa 1860. I believe the man's head was carved in the likeness of Gaspar Duiffoprugcar (the inventor of the violin). There is an elaborate inlay on the back of the violin, using different colored woods to make a picture of a village scene. Latin words are inscribed around the sides of the violin which read "VIVA FVI - IVI SYLVIS DEO VI MORT VA - DVL CE." This translates to: "I used to be alive - I came from the woods - by the power of god I died sweetly." The inscription reads almost like a poem by Henry David Thoreau, who was a contemporary poet at the time this violin was built. The wording might be referring to how the violin once was a living tree, but was cut down to make sweet music. Thanks to my Latin teacher friend, Allegra Derzon, for the translation.
    This violin featured in Nightflying and Antique Trader Magazines' Head Fiddles article. Show less
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