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Four songs by the late great original singer-songwriter Tim Hardin (1941-1980)

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released February 7, 2017

Jon played guitar and sang.

Recorded in a single take over a single microphone on a laptop.

This set was also performed live at the Method Acting #1 tribute night in Brighton on the 6th February 2017.

(Cover photo of Tim Hardin by David Gahr)

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Hiawatha Telephone Company Brighton, UK

Singer-songwriter, wannabe-band sort of thing, Hiawatha Telephone Company is named after a t-shirt, & a company that still exists.

The 2009 album 'Harry Smith was my Father' has been described as "immaculate and ... the acme of intimacy in music" (Common Folk Meadow blog). A second album 'Passengers Greatest Hits' was released in April 2014.
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Track Name: If I Were A Carpenter
If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady
Would you marry me anyway? would you have my baby?
If a tinker were my trade, would you still find me
Carrying the pots I made - following behind me?
Save my love through loneliness - save my love through sorrow
I give you my only-ness - give me your tomorrow

If I worked my hands in wood, would you still love me?
Answer me, babe: "yes I would - I'd put you above me"
If a miller were my trade, at a mill wheel grinding
Would you miss your coloured blouse - your soft shoes shining
Save my love through loneliness - save my love through sorrow
I give you my only-ness - come give me your tomorrow

If I were a carpenter, and you were a lady
Would you marry me anyway? would you have my baby?
Track Name: Shiloh Town
It's so cold in Shiloh Town
Birds can hardly sing
Pretty girls gonna leave the town
They won't be back 'til spring

The war has been won they've come back home
But they're the ones that lost
I see a man and a woman alone
Was it worth the cost?

I'll sing hallelujah
You'll sing hallelujah
We'll all sing hallelujah
When they arrive at home

Sun is out it's hot today
Children all come out to play
Some are quick to come back home
Others, have gone to stay

It is so cold in Shiloh Town
Birds can't hardly sing
Pretty girls are gonna leave the town
They won't be back 'til spring

I'll sing hallelujah
You'll sing hallelujah
We'll all sing hallelujah
When they arrive at home
Track Name: Lady Came From Baltimore
Lady came from Baltimore, all she wore was lace.
She didn't know that I was poor, she never saw my place.
I was there to steal her money and take her rings and run.
Then I fell in love with the lady, got away with none.

The lady's name was Susan Moore, Her daddy read the law.
She didn't know that I was poor and lived outside the law.
Her daddy said, I was a thief and didn't marry her for love.
I was Susan's true belief and I married her for love.

I was there to steal her money, take her rings and run.
Then I fell in love with the lady and got away with none.

The house she lived in had a wall to keep the robbers out.
She'd never stop to think at all that that's what I'm about.
I was there to steal her money, take her rings and run.
Then I fell in love with the lady and got away with none.
Track Name: Tribute to Hank Williams
Good bye Hank Williams, my friend
I didn't know you
But i've been in places you've been

In Richmond where he'd just been
For some seats could not be found
But they planned to see him again
Next time Hank Williams was in town

Hardly nobody knew that night how soon they'd be crying
Hardly nobody knew that night Hank Williams was dieing

He sang from his heart
Took the pain for his fans
We watched the pain in his heart
And they sang and then they clapped their hands

Good bye Hank Williams, my friend
I didn't know you
But i've been the places you've been

Whiskey took the heartbreak
From too many broken dreams
What pain wasn't taken by whiskey
was taken by too much morphine

Good bye Hank Williams, my friend
I didn't know you
But i've been the places you've been

The chauffeur steered the car that night
To the town next in line for the show
With his name and the date in lights
And people with tickets to go

Hardly nobody knew that night how soon they'd be crying
Hardly nobody knew that night Hank Williams was dieing

Good bye Hank Williams, my friend
I didn't know you
But i've been the places you've been