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    Old Bill Jones

    OK. I need help. Heard a song by this title the other day. Not sure of the artist. I believe his last name was Cochran.
    Nice old ballad, and I thought perhaps Canadian song, but I could be mistaken there.
    At the end of the song he shot his old team of horses and died in the blizzard.

    Would like to find an mp3 for this, if possible.
    When I mentioned the title to my sister, then she remembered the line about shooting the horses. So I did not imagine it.
    Any help appreciated.

    Phil

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    Old Bill Jones by Clint Griffeth
    it's about a town drunk no horses mention in this song you hear a banjo playing
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    Not it. That seems to be what I keep coming up with also. Thanks for the help.Will have to check with Sis as she MIGHT have it on cassette.

    I heard this on GALAXIE Country Classics. Quite sure of the title, but not artist name. Last name of Cochran is definite but could be misspelled.

    Phil

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    OK. I did some research. Sis in British Columbia said also done by George Hamilton IV. This is true. He did a 3 disc album called My North Country Home. I guess all covers of Canadian artists.
    However, this song was written and recorded by DON COCHRANE, who is a Canadian from Ontario.
    Can't see it on youtube yet, but if someone finds this, I am very interested.
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    Phil, I could not find any recording of it by Don Cochrane. I did find the sound clip of it by George Hamilton IV (whom you mentioned above). I wrote out the words from the clip.

    …………………………………………..… Manitoba farm
    Spent his younger life tryin’ to make a living
    On a quarter section there hmm-hmm-hmm
    Hmmm-hmm-hmm-hmm

    Billy Jones (Billy Jones) why do you live this way
    Those prairie winds and northern storms will kill you one of these days
    The wind blew through the one room shack Billy called his home


    I'll keep my eyes open for it.
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    I did get a 30 sec. sound clip of Don Cochrane. Just enough to tempt a person. I will post if I manage to snag this mp3.
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    Nobody?? I have seldom been disappointed on this forum. I have even tried youtube & itunes.

    Phil

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    it is not on bearshare
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    sparky, thanks. I cannot get connected with bearshare lately. But I only have the free version.

    Phil

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    Phil, Rune sent me the song by George Hamilton IV. He could not find it by Don Cochrane.

    I'll send it to you and Sparky.
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