Sunday, 9 December 2018

I'll never be as good as Marcus Turner

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first saw him play and sing when i was struggling with the blues
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i listened and i watched with open envy
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i fumbled on self-conscious 'cause i was just a learner
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but i vowed i'd be as good as Marcus Turner

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I didn't see him often cause I lived across the tracks
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and my life was hectic, difficult and crazy
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but his playing and his singing made my determination sterner
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"one day i'll play as good as Marcus Turner"

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I fled to live in Sydney and busked my way through school
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    joined bands and made music for a living
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and as i learned the mandolin my confidence grew firmer
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"i bet now i'm as good as Marcus Turner!"

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    then back to Dunedin - he was even better than before
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in every way he seemed to go on winning
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i loved him and i hated him - i'd always be the learner
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and i'd never play as good as Marcus Turner

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I gave up playing music, a long story i wont tell
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for 30 years i went without much pickin'
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though Marcus went from strength to strength i heard not a murmur
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i no longer thought at all of Marcus Turner

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Now i'm old and cranky my fingers stiff and sore
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and Marcus, well, he is gone forever
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when i think of what i might have been if i had pushed it further
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i'd still never be as good as Marcus Turner

RIP Marcus Turner - a great kiwi, a great musician and a great human being

you might be able to get albums with Marcus here

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  1. I'm playing on guitar capoed 5 - effectively just a big ukulele

    4/4 driving - all down beats 8 bars per line

    should play it on the mandolin but i'll leave that to someone who knew his playing better

  2. actually that comment was before i recorded it with a drum machine - when there's a solid rhythm i play a kinda boom chang country style - otherwise it is still true - a la wisdom from Terry :-)


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