I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

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I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Suspicious Minds » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:16 am

Elvis sang a snippet of this tune during the Million Dollar Quartet jam session.

https://youtu.be/MTHrYFAqD4A

The original was written by Bill Monroe.

First recorded by Bill Monroe And His Blue Grass Boys on October 27, 1947.

Released as a single on July 12, 1948 (Columbia 20459). Flip side ‘Little Cabin Home On The Hill’.

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A promo disc for radio stations was released on April 12, 1948.

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https://youtu.be/qxrmBao8vgo

https://youtu.be/l23jyxEqvn8

Some background info:

The song is about a dying girl who faces the sure prospect of going to heaven, with the opening lyrics; "Our little girl had taken sick one evening as she walked home from school and then her deathbed soon claimed her, it made us so sad and so blue.”

As Robert Cantwell put it in his book Bluegrass Breakdown: "the sick child leaves the world with a rebuke to her parents, whose tears imply that their faith has been shaken."

Bonus: A historical timeline of bluegrass

https://americanamusictriangle.com/timelines/bluegrass/
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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Colin B » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:41 am

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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Colin B » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:05 am

Suspicious Minds wrote:...The song is about a dying girl who faces the sure prospect of going to heaven, with the opening lyrics; "Our little girl had taken sick one evening as she walked home from school and then her deathbed soon claimed her, it made us so sad and so blue.”

As Robert Cantwell put it in his book Bluegrass Breakdown: "the sick child leaves the world with a rebuke to her parents, whose tears imply that their faith has been shaken."...



Wouldn't their tears imply they were upset at the tragic loss of their young daughter ?
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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Suspicious Minds » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:31 am

Colin B wrote:
Suspicious Minds wrote:...The song is about a dying girl who faces the sure prospect of going to heaven, with the opening lyrics; "Our little girl had taken sick one evening as she walked home from school and then her deathbed soon claimed her, it made us so sad and so blue.”

As Robert Cantwell put it in his book Bluegrass Breakdown: "the sick child leaves the world with a rebuke to her parents, whose tears imply that their faith has been shaken."...



Wouldn't their tears imply they were upset at the tragic loss of their young daughter ?


I would think so too, Colin.
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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Mister Moon » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:22 pm

I deeply dislike this kind of morbid songs.

Like, I love Hank Williams, but "The Funeral", which shares theme with the song discussed here, is too much for me.

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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Colin B » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:59 pm

Mister Moon wrote:I deeply dislike this kind of morbid songs.

Like, I love Hank Williams, but "The Funeral", which shares theme with the song discussed here, is too much for me.



We had a glut of this type of song back when.

Tell Laura I Love Her, Leader of the Pack, Running Bear etc.
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Re: I Hear A Sweet Voice Calling

Postby Mister Moon » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:57 pm

Colin B wrote:
Mister Moon wrote:I deeply dislike this kind of morbid songs.

Like, I love Hank Williams, but "The Funeral", which shares theme with the song discussed here, is too much for me.



We had a glut of this type of song back when.

Tell Laura I Love Her, Leader of the Pack, Running Bear etc.


Yes, but that was later, the teenage "tragedy" songs. "Teen Angel", by Mark Dinning, was another. Or "Dead Man's Curve", by Jan & Dean. I like those songs. There was an album partially devoted to that (see link below).

But those morbid country songs, I can't stand them. Like "Old Shep". They are sick stuff, the way I see it.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Death-Glory-And-Retribution/release/4743387


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