Ten Favorite Morning Songs: Touch the Morning (#5)

@FourWalls (13759)
United States
January 23, 2017 8:05pm CST
I'm doing two complimentary series of discussions right now, one looking at various times of day and this one, focusing on songs with "morning" in the title. Here's the next song on the list of my favorite "morning" songs. #5: Touch the Morning - Don Gibson A couple of years ago Eddy Raven, who wrote this song, played at a "country gold" concert (put together by Leroy Van Dyke) at the Kentucky State Fair. I got to meet him after the show and told him how much I loved this song. He thanked me, then told me there was another verse that Don Gibson left out of the recorded version. The security moved me along before we could really get into talking about it (rule #1: never put a songwriter and a music geek together, because there's going to be a LONG talk about things!! ). Don Gibson was one of the great songwriters in country music history. His credits include "Sweet Dreams (Of You)," the Patsy Cline standard (which was actually the fourth time the song hit the charts, following the Faron Young version [my personal favorite rendition] and two different takes on the song by Gibson himself), and "I Can't Stop Loving You," not only a country standard but a pop and R&B favorite thanks to the hit recording by Ray Charles (and it's referenced in the Van Halen song "Can't Stop Loving You"). He crossed over to pop a few times himself, including with "Sea of Heartbreak" and "Oh, Lonesome Me." By the early 70s Gibson's popularity as a recording artist was waning. He'd left RCA Victor records for the Hickory label (which was founded by Roy Acuff in the 50s) and enjoyed a revitalization thanks to songs like "Woman (Sensuous Woman)" and this one. What lovely lyrics. "Have you ever tasted apple with the dew still on the skin?" Wow. A great reminder to live for today. As the song says, "You'll wish you had someday." Touch the Morning Written by Eddy Raven Recorded by Don Gibson From Touch the Morning/That's What I'll Do, 1973 Before it slips away:
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Jan 17
"Move along. Stop talking about music with an appreciative songwriter!" Did you ever find out what the lyric was?
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@FourWalls (13759)
• United States
26 Jan 17
Eddy sang the third verse for me but the security guard was singing "Git Along, Little Doggies" in the other.
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@JohnRoberts (57097)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Jan 17
He seems to be another favorite of yours.
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