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17th homemade video (July 26, 2020)

On July 26, 2020 John wrote:
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"Home Video # 17 - I heard Jack Presbury play this song at The Swannanoa Gathering in 2019 and knew I wanted to learn it. It’s taken me a year but here it is. Jack is a really talented songwriter. I hope I do the song justice - John "




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.....John Gorka - Cowboy Song  

 

 

 

Cowboy Song

All I own is one old saddle
And a beat-up pick up truck
Not a bone in this ole boddy
That ain't been broke

If I'm never out of highway
I'm always out of luck
And I watched a lot of dreams
Go up in smoke

Chorus:
I've always been a cowboy
That's all I'll ever be
Don't go wasting your affection
On a man the likes of me
Some say I may be crazy
For the road I chose to go
But I've always been a cowboy
It's the only road I know

I've lived inside the bottle
And I've lived outside the law
I can't stop to wonder
What I'm all about
I just ride them buckin' horses
The best you ever saw
And pretend this cowboy's time
Ain't running out

Chorus:
I've always been a cowboy
That's all I'll ever be
Don't go wasting your affection
On a man the likes of me
Some say I may be crazy
For the road I chose to go
But I've always been a cowboy
It's the only road I know

   


There are those who've tried to take me
For better or for worse
And those who've tried to save me
From this cowboy curse

But I've always been a cowboy
That's all I'll ever be
Don't go wasting your affection
On a man the likes of me

Some say I may be crazy

And the rodeo is all I know
I could hold you tight
on a Saturday night
But Sunday morning down the road I'd go..
Down the road I'd go

I've always been a cowboy

 

 

 


... Jack Presbury - Cowboy
Jack Presbury made this (second) version of the song with help from John Vezner and he made the video clip and the song "Play It Forward" in July 2020 with John Gorka and others.

 

 

 

A LIFE IN SONG: .......JACK PRESBURY,
PRODUCT OF THE FOLK REVIVAL


© COPYRIGHT WXJM. SERVING JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
AND THE HARRISONBURG COMMUNITY.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017
By Abby Church

 

For Jack Presbury, a JMU professor who teaches in the graduate counseling program, music has always been a hobby. Now that he’s retired, he’s taking more time to focus on his creative outlet.

Originally from Kansas City, Presbury has been writing songs all his life. Growing up in the ’60s during the folk revival — a time he jokes some people called the “Great Folk Scare” — he quickly fell in love with the genre.

“I just loved the music,” Presbury said. “The thing I really loved was that it came out of the old celtic traditions of telling stories. I’m more interested in the lyrics than I am in the melodies. I thought it was a way to write poetry to music.”

Most of Presbury’s songs are about travelling, love, broken relationships and home. When he worked as a psychologist at a mental health center in Tennessee for six years, he found inspiration in his clients, who led decidedly difficult lives. In general, Presbury says that most of the inspiration for his music is drawn from life.

It wasn’t until recently that Presbury started sharing his music. While he isn’t planning any big projects, his son-in-law convinced Presbury to let him post his music online.

“He was afraid I was going to die before people heard my songs, so he’s been putting them on YouTube,” Presbury said.

Presbury has 70 songs posted on YouTube to date, and more are coming. Recently, a friend of his asked if he had an old reel-to-reel tape recorder he could borrow. Turns out,

   

Presbury had one that contained an improbable surprise. On Presbury’s old tape recorder, they found a dozen songs he’d recorded in the ’70s. Astounded by the unwitting discovery, he made a deal with his friend.

“I said, ‘If you can recover these songs for me, you can have this tape recorder,’” Presbury said. Excited that he gained back these 40-year-old songs he couldn’t recall, Presbury’s currently in the process of relearning them.

Having taught at JMU for 37 years, Presbury’s currently in his third year of retirement, yet he’s still here. He says the teaching and students keep him coming back.

Having taught at JMU for 37 years, Presbury’s currently in his third year of retirement, yet he’s still here. He says the teaching and students keep him coming back.

While he remains busy with teaching, Presbury plays in music circle every week in Staunton where they play and trade songs, and even attends a music camp at Maryville College in Tennessee with colleagues every summer. Although he didn’t retire to focus solely on his music, Presbury’s newfound free time has given him ample time to do one thing he loves the most.

“I’ve always been doing my music, it just, I haven’t had enough time for it while I was full-time teaching,” Presbury said. “I’m still writing and still playing.”.

ma Dean, this is a song that goes out to all the ones who didn’t come

 

 



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