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Item 7199 - Gram Parsons Handwritten Lyrics Catalog 488 (Nov 2016)

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Handwritten lyrics to three songs, including one which appears to be an unpublished Parsons original work, on both sides of a 9.5 x 12.5 musically-lined sheet. On one side, Parsons has penned slightly modified lyrics to Willie Nelson’s song ‘Family Bible,’ as well as a few lines from Patsy Cline’s ‘I Fall to Pieces.’ On the reverse, Parsons has written 12 lines of working lyrics to an original unpublished song. The lyrics to the untitled song read: “A girl came by today / I don’t know her name / but I’m still seeing her face / just the same. / I wonder if she’ll stay / and let me love her / Certainly it would be better / reason that she came / How many times / have I been lost at sea? / Been afraid of caring / feeling no one knows that but me.” The majority of the opposite side bears 16 lines of Nelson’s ‘Family Bible,’ each line written over several times in black felt tip, with six lines of Cline’s song in the lower left corner. In very good condition, with small edge tears and creases, some stray ink marks, and scattered toning along one vertical edge.

An enormously influential musician, Parsons fused country and rock and founded the genre of ‘Cosmic American Music,’ which also incorporated rhythm and blues, soul, and folk. Forging a path in music with his solo recordings as well as stints with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons’ morphine overdose at age 26 cut his groundbreaking career tragically short. Anything written by Parsons is rare and highly sought-after, and the combination of unpublished lyrics with two country staples makes this a unique and representative example of the genre-fusing style of his music. Pre-certified REAL.

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