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The Balad for all the Sad Young Men


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I first heard this tune years ago with a Keith Jarrett ver.
Hearing trimmys post with art Pepper reminded me of how much I liked it, so
I created a BT and made a rough cut, so I thought id post anyway and work on the finer
Points later.

edit PS. Altered BT.
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Cheshire UK
Missed your posts of late, loving the rough cut :)



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Nice version :thumb:

Thanks Trimmy. It crossed my mind when I re- visited this song and read the lyrics, and noting you said it was a favourite song of yours, wether you think of this song when your out and about in the town centre as a cabbie. I imagine the lyrics fit very well on a Saturday night. In the average town centre.
Sing a song of sad young man
Glasses full of rye
All the news is bad again so
Kiss your dreams goodbye

All the sad young men
Sitting in the bars
Knowing neon nights
Missing all the stars

All the sad young men
Drifting through the town
Drinking up the night
Trying not to drown

All the sad young men
Singing in the cold
Trying to forget
That they're growing old

All the sad young men
Choking on their worth
Trying to be brave
Running from the truth

Autumm turns the leaves to gold
Slowly dies the heart
Sad young men are growing old
That's the cruelest part

All the sad young men
Seek a certain smile
Someone they can hold for a little while
Tired little girl does the best she can
Trying to be gay for her sad young man

While the grimy moon
Watches from above
All the sad young men
Play of making love

Misbegotten moon
Shine for sad young men
Let your gentle light
Guide them home tonight
All the sad young men
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