Michael Smith with a live video of "The Dutchman", written by Michael Peter Smith in 1968 and popularized by Steve Goodman.
At the time Smith wrote the song, he had never visited the Netherlands. The song is about an elderly couple living in Amsterdam, Margaret and the title character. The unnamed Dutchman is senile, and Margaret cares for him with a sadness over what has happened to him over the years. It's a story of unconditional love.
 

John Gorka Home videos
15th homemade video (July 12, 2020)

On July 12, 2020 John wrote:
"
"Home Video # 15 ó The Dutchman, by the great Michael Smith, is a song that changed my idea of what a song could be. Michael is a masterful songwriter and I wish him well. By the way we were both born in the same hospital in Newark, NJ. I wanted to follow in his foot steps!"

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- If I Could Forget To Breathe (June 21, 2020)
- Let them in (June 28, 2020)
- Unblind The Referee (July 5, 2020)
-The Dutchman (July 12, 2020)

Morningside (July 19, 2020)
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.....John Gorka - The Dutchman....  

 

 

 

The Dutchman

The Dutchman's not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam
That holds his dreams in
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows

When Amsterdam is golden in the morning
Margaret brings him breakfast
She believes him
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow
He`s mad as he can be but Margaret only sees that sometimes
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes

Chorus:
Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuiderzee
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes
His cap and coat are patched with the love
That Margaret sewed in
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam

   

He watches tug boats down canals
And calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain
'Til Margaret comes to take him home again
Through unforgiving streets
That trip him though she holds his arm
Sometimes he thinks that he's alone and calls her name

The windmills whirl the winter in
She winds his muffler tighter,
They sit in the kitchen
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew
He sees her for a moment, calls her name

She makes the bed up humming some old love song
A song Margaret learned when the tune was very new
He hums a line or two, they hum together in the night
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out

John Gorka recorded his version of the Dutchman
on "So Dark You See" (Red House Records, 2009)

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The Dutchman ∑ Michael Smith
Recorded in 1968
  The Dutchman - Steve Goodman
Recorded in 1972
The Dutchman- John Gorka (2010)
Videosession in Holland with
John's story behind the song...
The Dutchman - John Gorka (Oct 2017)
Live in Wilhelm13, Oldenbrug, Germany

 

n June 28, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 13 - Based on a WWII era poem by Elma Dean, this is a song that goes out to all the ones who didnít come

 

 



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