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  1. #1
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    Default Before My Days Are Over.

    Before my days are over,
    I will sing this song,

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Will you
    let the grass grow,
    leaving flowers in the lawn?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Who will see
    that People
    get the honey
    from my hives?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Who
    will keep
    the art and passion
    of beekeeping alive?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Will the hives
    be left abandoned
    in apiaries
    all alone?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Or
    will you
    tend to them
    as best you can?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Will you
    sell them
    to a stranger
    who will
    take them
    off your hands?

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Please don't
    let them
    cheat you,
    take advantage,
    rob you blind.

    "If
    you can't
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone."

    Will
    my kids
    or their kids
    put the bee suit on?

    "Will they
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone?"

    Please find
    someone willing,
    able
    and kind.

    "Who will
    tend to
    my bees
    when I'm gone."

    Tell the bees
    that I have died,
    I no longer
    hear their hum.

    "Will you
    tell that
    to my bees
    when I'm gone?"
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Nice song. Where'd you hear it? Or did you come up with it yourself?

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Well done Mark.
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    I'm glad you recognized it as a song. Who wants to put music to it for me? I'm going to get near a piano sometime, but there may be, er there are, more musically talented people then me for sure. I can carry a tune and can play at the guitar or recorder, play at, not play really. But I'm going to try to make up some simple tune for it.

    This is what happens when I start to awaken. Or, it did start that way anyway. may never happen again. It started about 5 daysago and then I edited and lived w/ it and edited a little more and then as I typed it out on the screen I set it up so you would get the beat.

    I hope I'm not spoiling it now.

    Thanx BD and Special.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Really fitting....how many stories we hear about hives that haven't been tended for years...the beekeeper just quit coming. I like it.

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    do you here any particular tune when you think about this?

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    No tune yet. Just the natural rising and falling of the words as they are spoken. I need to spend some time w/ a piano. To see what i can plunk out.

    How about you? Any musical ideas come to mind?
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Think Bob Dylan, you dont have to be a great musician, just a great lyricist. The answer is blowin in the wind

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    I here a bagpipe in the background

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    I agree with Jim

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    The Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel


    Or you could make it an angry song then go with something from Pantera or Rage Against the Machine.
    Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked Hulk in the face. Now he hides in the forest and changed his name to Shrek

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Quote Originally Posted by phil c View Post
    I here a bagpipe in the background
    Cool. The tune is coming. I have the basics. i just need a piano so i can write it out and figure out the key. I can plunk it out on the guitar, but i don't know how to translate it to a Music Manuscript.

    I hear it in 4 4 time. Starting high and coming down and up and down. But I don't know mucis well enuf to say what key or what notes. But I can whistle it.

    The chorus repeats now. "Who will tend to my bees when I'm gone. Who will tend to my bees when I'm gone?"
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
    The Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel


    Or you could make it an angry song then go with something from Pantera or Rage Against the Machine.
    Nah, gotta go original, just like the words. though I could have sung the words to the begining of "Antioch" arr. by George Shearing as played by Nelly Case, Music Director of our church this morning on the organ.

    I'm going to keep at it on my own and will let you know how it goes.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    The answer is blowin in the wind
    I have always found that lyric confusing. Is "blowin' in the wind" the answer? Or, is the answer "blowin' in the wind"? Up there in the wind itself, blowin' around.
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    The answer to that question is of course..... blowin in the wind

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    I like the bagpipes suggestion. I had pipes at my mothers funeral in February. It was a perfect day, clear and calm, not cold like a typical February day. The piper stood in the distance. Pipes and saying goodbye are a perfect match.

    I also like the link to the old tradition of "telling the bees".
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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    Default Re: Before My Days Are Over.

    Thanks BD. Yes, pipes should always be at a distance. Unless they are leading one into battle. Then they should be in the lead so they can scare the opponent.

    I have spent the last hour or so editing the text, doubling the chorus and getting the tune down. Too bad you can't hear it. It's a little long. I may have to cut out a stanza. Or is that a refrain? Refrain is probably the correct word.

    "Who will tend to our bees when I'm gone?
    Who will tend them when I'm gone?
    Who will tend to our bees when I'm gone?
    Who will tend them when I'm gone?"
    Mark Berninghausen "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

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