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[Update] New version with vocal harmonies by Roxylee:
Hard Times (Roxylee mix)

"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. I've been wanting to record this for some time...

Vocal, guitars, harmonica: Jack Miller
Artwork: 'Hard Times' by Hubert von Herkomer 1885
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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,
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    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 05, 2009 - 04:55:40 PM
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2017 - 09:05:16 PM Last Played: Jan 06, 2015 - 10:06:01 AM
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Hardware:
Zoom H2 recorder, Nady condenser mic, Shure 57 mic, M-Audio PreMobile, Zoom A2 effects pedal, Martin DM acoustic guitar, Ovation/Applause 148-5 acoustic-electric guitar, Hohner Big River Harp
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Comments
Richard_Schletty said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hard Times
I love Stephen Foster and I like your rendition of this song. Way to go, Jack. This is a song for our time, too.
Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
thanks Rich,

This is one of Foster's songs that keeps getting played and recorded. I've been wanting to do it for a while... times being what they are.

cheers,
Jack
Feter said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hard Times
Tears ........
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Yeah...

I know.

tireiron said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
so
stephen foster wrote the first blues! cool. nice version. i like it!
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Blues are eternal...

even in a folk rendition, heheh. Thanks for dropping in for a listen. I appreciate it.

Jack
egobandit said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
hard times
sometimes its all hard times and many times its not, past present its still the same. Love the singing and harp. A great rendition!
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
You got that right...

there's nothing new under the sun... good times/hard times... throughout time. Glad you like my offering of Foster's classic. Hang in there bro.

Jack
MarkHolbrook said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Nice work!
Gold folk song for sure!
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hey Mark...


Thanks... too kind, but I'll take it. Gold or any color. LOL.

cheers and thanks again.

Jack

Vic Holman said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
folksy
you can just sense the dustbowl kickin up. very authentic approach and done with conviction.

if memory serves me I think there is a goodwilly tune called hard times. But Mike D had deleted it when he closed his account back when
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Duh....

Vic, I think you are right... Goodwillys... Hard Times. It's all coming back. How could I have forgotten that?... Strange thing is I don't have the song on my iTunes... no record. I had actually thought about suggesting this song to our Goodwilly clan for a collab... boy, am I clueless, authentic dustbowl or not!

D
bud said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Great version Jack
really like you voice on this and the spirit of the recording. Excellent guitars and harp too. Interesting coincidence - I posted in the forum about "music for hard times" yesterday.
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
hey bud...

glad you dropped in. And thanks for the nice comments. I just saw you forum post... cool. Hard times are softened with song and mirth of music.

cheers,
Jack

Alannah said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
This was a nice listen ....
... for the start of a summer Beer Friday ...... got me a toe tappin and a head bobbin (or was that the beer) ... no .... I'm pretty sure it was the tune .... made me yearn for some "camping" and musicians around the camp fire .....
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
if your toe's a' tappin'

and your head's a' bobbin', then the beer is icing on the cake (am I mixing metaphors now?).
Thanks Alannah.

Jack
Ren-Tin-10 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Had a Great Time...
...listening to "Hard Times".

Top-notch rendition, Jack! I love it!

Fav'd.

Cheers,
Jim
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Dadai.2 said 2999 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hey Jim...

thanks for stopping in and listening to an old folkie. I'm happy to know you liked this take on the old classic of Foster.

cheers...
D.2

Roxylee said 2999 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
I love this song
and with harp, it's quite cool. Thank you for doing this one, Jack. It's a true classic, and you give it a modern touch. I'm keeping this one to play over and over to learn all the words.
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Dadai.2 said 2998 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
hey Roxylee...

It is a great old song... an timeless quality to it. Thanks for chiming in!

Jack
Doadars Uncle said 2998 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
Nice classic feel!
Great representation. I love the instrumentation! Nice stuff!
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Dadai.2 said 2998 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
classic song...

and your version more than did it justice. Thanks much for visiting and listening.

Jack
Calchas said 2998 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
Way nice Jack...
I've never heard of the good Mr. Foster till now. What an old gem this is bro...

I love the way you recorded this. Guitar and vox sound great!

It has an Pete Seeger feel to it, at least, to my shell-shocked ears it does. Ha ha...

Nice harmonica playing too. Enjoyed!

Be well friend!
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Dadai.2 said 2998 days ago (June 6th, 2009)
hey Miguel....

... a little Spanish lingo there. ;-)
Thanks for dropping in. Yeah, I'm in my Pete Seeger phase... LOL. I thought the recording turned out pretty good, so I'm glad to know it sounded good to you too.

Did we do this song as the Goodwillys??

Jack
Calchas said 2993 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
RE Goodwillys
Whatever happened to those guys?
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Ed Hannifin said 2997 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
One of my favorite songs, Jack....
I've probably got three or four versions kicking around here... Mary Black sings the heck out of it.... And thanks up front for putting lyrics AND chords up...

You got a really nice balance from the guitar(s), harmonic and vocal. Started from H2 and then added to? Whatever you did, it worked. I continue to hoped to be able to get an H2 somewhere down the pike... A good time for Americans to sing this one with tears in our eyes as we keep trying to dig our way out of the present situation.... I think it's good to remember that others have felt this, have kept singing, and have kept on keeping on...

Ed
Dadai.2 said 2997 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
Ed of Boston....

The Mary Black version is really superb. I hadn't heard it. Thanks.

Here's the process for the song. H2 records the Martin chords. Shure 57 records the harp. In-line via Zoom A2 records the slide (O/A 148-5). Nady condenser for vocal. Now the secret is out! LOL

Yeah... always a good time for this song, especially now. Compassion for the tough times of too many. A timeless tune.

Thanks again.

mowguy3 said 2996 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
Very Nice rendition
Some songs will live forever and you'r cover of this one keep's the trend going. I remember going to my Grandmoms and her in the kitchen cooking and singing many old Foster songs. You do it much better.
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Dadai.2 said 2996 days ago (June 8th, 2009)
Thanks Russ....
Neat story about singing songs around the stove at your Grandmom's. So many great old Foster songs. This one in particular stands out for me.

Jack
guitapick said 2995 days ago (June 9th, 2009)
Really something...
...I listened before reading the description. Thought, "this is a timeless tune"...

...and so it is...fine work, Jack. Nobody ever said it was gonna be easy...keep singin' our songs.
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Dadai.2 said 2995 days ago (June 10th, 2009)
and so it is...

a timeless tune. Bob, thanks for stopping and and listening to one more take in a long line of takes. Much appreciated.

Jack
Bob6stringer said 2994 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
One foot in the pub...
Jack, tunes like this make me want to forget about all my crazy effects and revel in the elegance of acoustic strumming and singing (if only I could do the latter better!). This rendition has one foot in the Great Depression and another in an Irish Pub. Cheers!
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Dadai.2 said 2993 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
I know what you mean...

Early on (2004-2006) I recorded quite a few songs with full band and other effects. Especially over the last year or so it is vocal, guitar, harmonica... not a lot else. But maybe that's because I'm lazy!

And when a depression occurs (one foot), for many, the only respite is the solace of a drink at the pub (the other foot). "Hit me again, bar keeper!"

Thanks Bob.

Jack
PockBluesman said 2975 days ago (June 29th, 2009)
How apt
In this time of credit crunch this strikes a real chord (no pun intended) its this type of song that has longevity and to top it all it's just a good song
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