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Temporary Rogue



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:02 am    Post subject: So Dark You See- The Dutchman Reply with quote

I'll post lyrics later. After giving it much thought, I'd have to say this might be my very favorite cover of another's song by John. A very moving picture of an elderly couple and a wife's unwavering devotion to her husband.

Many of us are dealing with aging parents, and some with dementia and other debilitating conditions. I recently lost my mother after a period of illness. The past couple years I saw the full extent of my father's own love and devotion to my mother, and how well he managed mom's care, with the help of family and her medical care providers. I am so proud of my dad.

The Dutchman gives us an example of love and devotion to follow. Thank you John, for so beautifully conveying its message.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dutchman's not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam
That holds his dreams in,
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows.

When Amsterdam is golden in the summer,
Margaret brings him breakfast,
She believes him.
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow.

He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes,
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
Now dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes,
His cap and coat are patched with the love
That Margaret sewed there.
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam.

And he watches the tug-boats down canals
And calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain.
Till Margaret comes
To take him home again

Through unforgiving streets that trip him, though she holds his arm,
Sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
Now dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The winters whirl the windmills 'round
She winds his muffler tighter
And they sit in the kitchen.
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew.

And he sees her for a moment, calls her name,
She makes the bed up singing some old love song,
A song Margaret learned
When it was very new.

He hums a line or two, they sing together in the dark.
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just thinking, I should review The Dutchman, so I come to the sight, and here it is already. Thanks, Rogue. Lyrics added.

This song is in the running for my favorite song on this album. Like ‘Snow Don’t Fall’ on the last album (another favorite), it isn’t written by John, but there is something about it that seems like it could have been. I think it is in one of Jos videos where John says that this song by Michael Peter Smith (1968, Wikipedia) was an influence on him, and after hearing this song, and knowing John’s songs, I just might think that is true. The song and John’s voice fit well together, even with more than 40 years between the two events. I like these ‘story’ songs, little snippets of people’s lives, even if they are sometimes a little depressing. It seems very real. When I first heard ‘Zuider Zee’ I didn’t know what that was and needed to Google the term, which gave me: a former shallow inlet of the North Sea, indenting NE Netherlands. I like songs where I learn something.
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