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By Jake Speed · October 4th, 2006 · Speedy Delivery
Notes: This Cincinnati banks of the Ohio River will feel crowded this week with riverboats, banjoes, and yodels as the Tall Stacks Music, Arts, and Heritage Fest chugs to town. In Tall Stacks of yesteryear, John Hartford would skip to town, wowing audiences with his ability to tap dance, fiddle, and sing simultaneously. Inevitably, he would pluck out his most famous song, "Gentle on My Mind," and reignite peoples passion for a river era when Cincinnati was known the Paris of the West.Perhaps even Mark Twain couldn't have declared as strong of a love for the river as John Hartford did.While John has crossed over to that other shore of no return, his memory remains gentle on our minds.

John Hartford Waltz


By: Jake Speed

Justin Todhunter: Mandolin, Backup Vocals

Kentucky Graham: Tenor Guitar

Chris Werner: Upright Bass, Recording Engineer

Recorded at: Go To Your Room Studios

He skipped off to heaven with his fiddle in tow

His banjo he set by his old riverboat

Like a sunset on the river, it's there then it's gone

He left us so gentle with a mind to move on

The John Hartford waltz, it's an old steamboat tune

Dance along the river in a skiff made for two

The John Hartford waltz, it's a paddleboat tune

Dancing on the fog of the Mississippi dew

Come down from the mountain with your old derby hat

Hold fast to the fiddle let loose the tap tap

Take a dip once more where the muddy waters wind

Take a trip along the back roads where you?re ever on my mind

Listen in the swish of the paddlewheels splash

Listen in the whistle, the calliopes crash

Listen in the banks where the river waters beat

That's where they're dancing, John Hartfords two feet



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