Original Song – “Singin’ The Blues”

Singin’ The Blues looks at life through the lens of time, family and memories within the perspective of progress as modern life encroaches on the very fabric of our lives. Our memories of what was and what has been are being slowly, but continuously, whittled and chipped away around the edges by time as life relentlessly marches forward.  Singin’ The Blues tells the fictional story of a singer returning to his grandparents’ farm and sitting on the front porch watching the rain, while recalling the days of how it used to be.  The singer realizes that “We must all, Carry on, Carry on, But I long, For the days, On my Grandpa’s farm.”  The singer then gazes out at new houses in the fields where he once played as a boy.  The singer never knew his grandfather for very long and verse four depicts a moving van driving away from what was now his grandmother’s farm – as time has indeed marched on,  “I can still see her now, The way she used to be, Like yesterday, The way it used to be…But you know, Time, Carries on…”

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I recorded my original song “Singin’ The Blues” as a demo on Set 8 in 1996, and it tells the story of ‘progress’ relentlessly marching on in our lives ~ and changing how things used to be, for better or for worse, “I’m just singing the blues, Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down, Sittin’ on the front porch, Of my Grandpa’s farm…”  Enjoy! ♡ 🙂 Mark

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(Note: Emailed versions of these songs lose their chord alignment and formatting, so refer to the original post and/or the scanned lyric sheet as your guide!)

Singin' The Blues, Pg. 1 of 2, "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights ReservedSingin' The Blues, Pg. 2 of 2, "Turn Up The Volume", Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Singin’ The Blues

“Turn Up The Volume”, Collected Works Volume V, Copyright 1991, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved

Verse One:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                E

Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down

G                 E

Sittin’ on the front porch

         A             E

Of my grandpa’s farm

         A             E

Of my grandpa’s farm     (End)

  G                E

I was a young boy

     G              E

So many years ago sittin’ here

G                   E

Listenin’ to my grandpa’s tales

             A          E

Of how it used to be

             A          E

Of how it used to be

            D

But you know

A

Time

           E

Carries on

A         E

Carries on

        D

And I never

             A

Knew my grandpa

            E

For very long

     A     E

For very long

Verse Two:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                      E

Thinkin’ of those times gone by

G                     E

Dreamin’ of the days

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

        G                 E

And I never understood

G                  E

Why it had to be that way

  G                    E

I never knew my grandpa

     A     E

For very long

     A     E

For very long

            D

But you know

             A

We must all

         E

Carry on

A       E

Carry on

        D

But I long

           A

For the days

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

Verse Three:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                E

Watchin’ the rain fallin’ down

G                 E

Wind blowin’ cold

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

        G         E

I can see the fields

    G             E

As far as the eye could see

         G               E

When I was just a boy

               A          E

The way it used to be

               A          E

The way it used to be

            D

But you know

              A

Times are changin’

          E

Everywhere

A        E

Everywhere

            D

Now I’m lookin’

         A

At the houses

       E

Over there

A     E

Over there

Verse Four:

            G             E

I’m just singin’ the blues

G                 E

Watchin’ the movin’ van

G        E

Drivin’ away

             A              E

From my grandma’s farm

             A              E

From my grandma’s farm

        G               E

I can still see her now

      G          E

The way she used to be

      G          E

Like yesterday

               A          E

The way it used to be

               A          E

The way it used to be

            D

But you know

A

Time

           E

Carries on

A         E

Carries on

            D

I’m just singin’

      A

The blues

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm

            D

I’m just singin’

      A

The blues

                         E

On my grandpa’s farm

          A             E

On my grandpa’s farm     (Back to the top to finish)

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3 thoughts on “Original Song – “Singin’ The Blues”

  1. Mark, This is another reason for why I “Love You So”, in the Christian sense of course. I read through this and it played in my head as I wept. I could relate to it on so many different levels & I thank you for that WMDJ has a new addition to it’s repertoire.
    In Christ,
    Jade

  2. Mark, As I read/sang this in my head, through tear filled eyes as it touched me on so many different levels.
    All I can say to you is Thank you & I ‘Love You So’ in a Christian way.
    I know that you will go far with your music and writing. For now, please know that WMDJ is keeping me sane. 🙂

    With Love in Christ,
    Jade

  3. Jade,

    Thank you for your kind words in both comments! I know you’re resting and healing in hospice and the fact that you find my songs and our DMs a source of strength and encouragement is humbling to me. I know the struggles you go through on a daily basis and it is my hope and prayer that my songs will continue to be a source of strength and motivation for your healing and recovery. Stay strong, keep the faith and I pray that your healing will be total and complete – and that one day you will walk out of hospice into the sunshine of a new day!

    Love in Christ!

    Mark

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