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After posting my first version of this last week, I had the thought about an hour later... ask Roxylee to join in with her wonderful vocals. So I did and she graciously agreed! If you like this classic folk song, then do take a listen... It is a very affecting song, and I love what Roxylee has added to it as we offer it up again.

"Hard Times Come Again No More" - composed by Stephen C. Foster in 1854... a song that continues to strike a chord in listener's hearts as the years pass by.

Artwork by Hubert von Herkomer 1885

Jack: Vocal, guitars, harmonica
Roxylee: Vocals

Here is the link to my original solo version: Hard Times
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Lyrics
HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE
 
                  C                                           G                    C 
1. Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears,
        F          C                     G           C
    while we all sup sorrow with the poor.
                      C                               G                 C 
    There's a song that will linger forever in our ears,
    F      C                           G           C
    oh, hard times come again no more.

Chorus: 
              C                                F  C
'Tis the song, the sigh of the weary,
                     F    C         Am                     G
hard times, hard times, come again no more.
            C                                     G                        C
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door,
 F     C                           G            C        - F - C - G - C
oh, hard times, come again no more.
 
                      C                                         G                     C 
2. While we seek mirth and beauty and music light and gay,
       F            C                         G         C
    there are frail forms fainting at the door.
                           C                                   G                         C 
    Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say,
    F      C                           G           C
    oh, hard times come again no more.   
 
Chorus
             
                     C                                        G                    C 
3. There's a pale drooping maiden who toils her life away,
      F         C                                    G            C
    with a worn heart whose better days are o'er.
                         C                                      G                     C 
    Though her voice would be merry, 'tis sighing all the day,
    F      C                          G            C
    oh, hard times come again no more.   
 
Chorus             
 
              C                               G                           C 
4. 'Tis a sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave,
     F        C                          G            C
    'tis a wail that is heard upon the shore.
               C                                     G                       C 
    'Tis a dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave,
    F      C                           G           C
    oh, hard times come again no more.   
 
Chorus             

    (Stephen C. Foster)
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Uploaded: Jun 11, 2009 - 10:52:36 PM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 - 09:04:48 PM Last Played: May 26, 2017 - 08:02:30 PM
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Comments
sloparts said 3087 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Excellent collab
I really like the simple acoustic back ground you used with the slide guitar coming in every once in a while. But what make this so good is the heartfelt vocals from both you and Roxylee, Jack.

Love the feel and sound of this song, even though the lyrics carry a bleak message. But then there is the prayer for a better future in there to.

Nice work you two.

Ed
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Much thanks Ed...

Listening to other versions of this song... it's clear that the vocals are "instrumental" to it being done well. Enter Roxylee... the pathos and heartfelt sincerity of her contribution really seals this for me. Compassionate message in the midst of hard times.

Thanks again,
Jack
Feter said 3087 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Hard Times Come Again No More
Just a sweet classic ...played on this universe from wonderful folkies ...
thank you for the gem !!!!
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks Feter....

It is a wonderful classic folk song. And a real pleasure to sing it with Roxylee.

cheers my friend,
Jck
Roxylee said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thanks, Jack
This song is a classic, which you sing and play like you wrote it. Thank you for digging this up and asking me to sing with you. Now I know all the verses. :-)
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Asking you to sing...

As I told you before, I had almost immediately thought of asking you to join in after posting the first version. Ed H. then sent me a Mary Black version... beautiful rendition with vocal harmonies. That sealed it for me. This song begs for more than one voice. Again, thanks for jumping in and adding your very expressive vocals.

Jack
Calchas said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Of course!
Roxylee! Makes perfect sense Jack!

Even better than before. Hard times are sounding pretty darned good bro! lol

Be well!
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
I like this song so much...

I think I could make a career out of doing different versions... (Goodwillys ride again... LOL). Thanks Mike for the support and generous comments. And yes, Roxy makes sense on this one for sure.

Jack
magnatone said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Oh Yeah
inspired addition with Roxylee! This is GREAT you guys - congrats!
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Heheh....

My songs always seem to get better and especially sound better when Roxylee joins in... funny, huh? ;-)

Thanks Karen.

Jack
Richard_Schletty said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Lift my soggy bottom
Not the same as Led Zep's "Good Times, Bad Times" ... much better!

You have lightened the soundscape and infused it with hope. Not as Bluesy as your solo edition but I love this version as it invites participation in the expression of the odor and ardor of life. Roxy, you sing so well!

May I post this at www.radio-hymnal.com?
Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Thank you Senor Sonority...

This, I think, is a more accessible rendition of the song. So I agree, it does invite joining in and singing along. Thanks for taking the time bro...

Jack
Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
And...

yes, you can post at your radio site.

D
egobandit said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Even better
I love this,just makes me want to sit back drink a cold one and reflect! I dont think it gets any better! Roxylee adds that special touch, it needed it!
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Dadai.2 said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
My songs always...

need it! Things go better with a cold one and Roxylee harmonies...

thanks Ego!
dajama said 3086 days ago (June 12th, 2009)
Didn't
Didn't hear the previous version, but love this one, and of course, it's hard to imagine it without Roxy's vocal! Beautiful vocal from both of you, and your two voices complement each other so well. The song is really affecting, and one I'd never heard before. A very nice performance. Nicely done. Peace.
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Dadai.2 said 3084 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
Yes, hard to imagine...

without Roxylee's vocals. Better to have missed the first version than this one. This is the final, and I'm happy. It was good to see the dajama avatar... you're an encouragement... so thanks.

The song is affecting... I have found myself gripped by its chorus... it keeps repeating in my mind and heart.

cheers...

mowguy3 said 3085 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
Good Thinking
Jack. Fine recording as it was, now with addition of Roxylee and her smooth as silk harmonies this track is full and complete. Great job both of you.
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Dadai.2 said 3084 days ago (June 14th, 2009)
good thinking...

'bout time some would say... ;-)

Thanks Russ. It's a song that cried out for harmonies of a female voice... enter Roxylee with her trademark harmonies. Song, as you say, is now complete!

Jack
Vic Holman said 3085 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
:-)
double the pleasure. With Roxy's vocal added "I DO believe hard times come again no more"
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Dadai.2 said 3082 days ago (June 16th, 2009)
and doubled thanks in return...

Thanks Vic... hard times no more...

Jack
damiengh said 3083 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Ready for Woebegone
You guys are ready for Lake Woebegone, start packing.
Nice harmonizing Roxy. This has a real appalachian authenticity in it's sound.
Would even have fit in "Oh Brother where art thou" quite nicely.
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Dadai.2 said 3081 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
We'll pack up the Trooper....

and head for Lake W. Look out Garrison, here we come. Nice comments Damien. Just having the song put in the same sentence with "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" does it for me. Thanks much.

Jack
davisamerica said 3081 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
roxey
works Jack ... nice tune my friend
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Dadai.2 said 3081 days ago (June 17th, 2009)
Indeed...

Thanks Jack... for listening and the nice comment.

D

bud said 3080 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
An already great tune
just got better. Well done Jack. Roxy's addition was a good idea.
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Dadai.2 said 3079 days ago (June 19th, 2009)
Hey bud...

Got to admit it's getting better, a little better... all the time.

;-) Thanks,

Jack
Hydrogen3 said 3069 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
Hard Times Come Again No More
This is the perfect campfire song!! awesome vocals and guitar! Holley :)
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Dadai.2 said 3061 days ago (July 7th, 2009)
Pass the smores....

and let's sing another chorus... Holly, thanks for listening and leaving your nice comments.

Jack
awigze said 3044 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
droppin again
I know I have dropped in before and heard this song... but did not leave a comment - so , here I am brother and sister.. . always love hearing your voice Roxy.....
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Richard_Schletty said 3013 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
Sigh

This one hits me incredibly hard in the heart. I told you why.
Dadai.2 said 3013 days ago (August 24th, 2009)
I hear ya bro...

right on, and hang in there. We're all feeling it.

Jack
jibes said 2895 days ago (December 21st, 2009)
Very well done
version of this traditional song. The collaborative effort is spot on. A beautiful harmony and solo done by Roxylee!
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