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Hands Of Joseph

  • (Ralph McTell)

    He would sing about joy, sing about pain
    That the people wished they had
    How they heard the voice of Jesus
    When the rolling sea got mad
    He's a boat in the harbour, he's safe in that love
    You know some day you'll be sailing above

    When they looked at Joseph's hands
    They said, They're the hands of a carpenter
    They're big and they're powerful and they're strong
    They're the hands that should work in wood
    And they're the hands that should work a long day
    Joseph he did all those things
    But he also learned how to play

    When they looked at Joseph's hands
    They said, They're the hands of a stonemason
    They're big and they're powerful and they're strong
    They're the hands that should work with stone
    And they're the hands that should work a long day
    Joseph he did all those things
    But he also learned how to play

    When they looked at Joseph's hands
    They said, They're the hands of a fisherman
    The musician and the mason-carpenter
    And he's happy all the time
    He's still working every day
    And those old hands of Joseph
    Oh how they can play

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1991:] Dedicated to Joseph Spence. Apart from being a wonderful guitar player he was also a carpenter, a stonemason, and a fisherman. Remarkably, when he died a couple of years ago he still had all the fingers on both hands. (Ralph McTell, intro Tønder)

  • [1991:] First 'discovered' around 1958 [and died in 1984,] the music business didn't really catch Joseph Spence, nor did the fame and fortune associated with it, indeed he was a night watchman at a local primary school up until 1980, when he took sick. The choice of fame or an ordinary existence seems to have been one that he obviously made himself, preferring his home and family to the wider world. This album [...] is almost exclusively made up of religious material, but is performed with so much joyful spirit it's hard not to be affected by it. Ry Cooder described Spence's guitar style as 'physical and syncopated' which sums it up nicely. He simultaneously appears to play the lead and bass on guitar and then growls a melody. (Sean McGhee, review Joseph Spence, 'Glory', Rock 'n' Reel 11)

  • [1992:] It is dedicated to the hands of Joseph Spence a unique guitar player who has had a big influence on McTell's guitar style. (Notes Ralph McTell, 'Silver Celebration')

  • http://home.bluemarble.net/~deno/spence/
    http://www.stropes.com/htmlout/aspence.html

  • Folk Roots (June 1998 No. 180) for an interesting article on the legacy of Joseph Spence

    On the Rolling Sea

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