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This is a song about the death of one of my heroes, Hank Williams. It's a preview from a new album due for release very soon
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Shoeshine Boy

Some folks say
It happened on the way
From Knoxville to Oak Hill
On a cold New Year’s Day
He climbed into the back
Of a baby-blue Cadillac
That old shoeshine boy
Ain’t ever coming back
They named him Hiram
But they called him Hank

Was it hard to find
A little peace of mind
A bottle of dreams ain’t all it seems
When they’re leaving you behind
Did you follow a star
And find out who you are
A crooked man from Alabam’
Hellbent on his guitar
Southern raised
You were gonna go far

And I know the radio was playing low
The last drop of bourbon was sweet
I hope you heard a lonesome whistle blow
Before you fell asleep

You can make a name
The music hall of fame
Cowboy boots and Nudie suits
And rhinestones in the rain
You can cry all night
In the love songs that you write
A cheating heart still breaks apart
But it looks like you just might
Become a drifter
Who never saw the light

I know the radio was playing low…

And I know the radio was playing low
The last drop of bourbon was neat
I hope you heard a lonesome whippoorwill
Before you fell asleep

© Shoeshine Boy words music by Tom Fairnie words by Tom Fairnie & Bob Shields February 6th 2006

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Uploaded: Jan 12, 2010 - 03:50:00 PM
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2010 - 03:50:00 PM Last Played: Feb 25, 2019 - 11:34:24 AM
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Char said 3441 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Wonderfully written.
Nicely sung and produced. Thanks.
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Feter said 3441 days ago (January 12th, 2010)
Shoeshine Boy
This is awesome ..your special taste with touch
of country twang on the slide ..gentle and softly
flaw so nice as the harmony go ooh ..I liked that
perfect production as always ...it cries for a
banjo or mandolin ..fiddle ? but then you rounded
it well ...thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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crissew said 3392 days ago (March 2nd, 2010)
Better than most
Surprised the listens are so low but this song is pretty darn good. Nice country vibe, well sung. Pretty good mix but a bit too low on dynamics. I think this song needs more emotional swells. Stays on too even a keel, I want to hear crescendos and parts that have a subtleness. Very well written song.
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Honza said 3391 days ago (March 3rd, 2010)
... a really nice peace. I am not a really country music fan, but this is one of those you could listen for hours on a long road car drive. Very enjoyable, thanks!
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alackbass said 3286 days ago (June 16th, 2010)
Shoeshine Boy
Just a great piece of country story telling in a song. The instrumental arrangement is the real deal. Brushes on snare, bass, and acoustic strumming propel it along. Pedal steel adds the high lonesome fills. Great vocal, both lead and harmonies.
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hackneybloke said 3281 days ago (June 21st, 2010)
shoeshine boy
hey tom. i always check in to listen to a brit. but you don't sound like a brit. anyways...this is excellent. great production and arrangement....and above all, an excellent vocal delivery...and harmonies. are you a kitty wells fan too? with this talent i'm surprised you're not getting the attention you clearly deserve.
great track.
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TomFairnie said 3281 days ago (June 21st, 2010)
thanks guys
I often get criticised for sounding american - people just don't expect this old Scotsman to sound that way but if you listen to some of my other songs you'll hear that I can sound Scots too! Great to get your comments by the way!
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PockBluesman said 3279 days ago (June 23rd, 2010)
Top stuff
Tom Loved the track great guitar work and all round excellent production. As if that wasn't enough you've got got a catchy tune as well.
Bugger looks like I've got to practice even more. Really enjoyed it.
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sloparts said 3190 days ago (September 20th, 2010)
Great song
about one of the best there ever was.

Excellent song writing and delivery Tom, with a very good Country feel and sound.

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Philip18 said 2983 days ago (April 15th, 2011)
Shoeshine boy
Love the feel of this one. Your vocal is great -it creates a mood of respect and warmth. I enjoyed listening to it!
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Name: Tom Fairnie
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I was born in Musselburgh but I now live in Edinburgh. In terms of the music...I attempt to write lyrical, melodic and intelligent songs and try to make the best use of my guitar skills to provide sensitive uncluttered arrangements. I occassiona... [see more]

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Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. Howe

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