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Joan Baez

If you listen closely you will hear Joan Baez singing behind me on this song of mine which I recorded in 1971. I did the same for her on her recording of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down“…. And Lord knows I love my friends !

Bobby Bare covered Tom Ghent’s Easy as Dreaming, released on the Sony label in 1983.

Tim Hardin

I knew Tim Hardin as far back as our Greenwich Village days, when I was playing a basket house, called The Zig Zag, across the street from The Night Owl where Tim Hardin and Fred Neil often played, and which would soon spawn The Lovin’ Spoonful. Tim, for all his talent, was a very troubled young man. This is one of his classics, which I recorded and released in 2010. I was hoping to capture his inner turmoil, which I had so often seen. I believe, that to some extent, I did…..

Recorded by Tom Ghent for the express purpose of promoting Tom Ghent and his music. Treaty of Ghent (ASCAP) Written by Tim Hardin

Memorial Day

For all our veterans as well as all you Boomers and all of you who may not have lived through the history about which I wrote “WHEN ALL US OLD FOLKIES WERE YOUNG“… God bless you, and may God bless America.

And a fan replied –

Always love this song….I remember it well from that show in Somerville, MA, Tom. I think I’ve told you before that I was SO blown away by it then….still am. Such a wonderful telling for all of us boomers of that point in time.

Emily Gmitter

Big Muddy

I wrote this with my friends Dave Gillon, Joe Dougherty, and Don Goodman one Nashville morning in around ’73. We’d been up all night drinking beer, when suddenly the idea for this song appeared. The more we worked on it the more I felt the need for a Mississippi John Hurt type accompaniment. John had befriended me in my mid 60’s Gaslight days, and had a profound influence on me, in many ways – That said, “Let’s take a little trip down the Bayou together” !

Delta style southern rocker by Tom Ghent, David Gillon, Joe Dougherty, and Don Goodman

Bobby Goldsboro

Around 1973, I was walking down Music Row when I saw Bobby Goldsboro leaning against a car… As I passed him, he said, ” Aren’t you the guy who wrote Whiskey Whiskey” ? I said yes and he invited me to his office, where he asked if I had any songs for him… I said yes and he handed me a guitar… I played him this and one other… He recorded them both !

CASEY’S LAST RIDE

By Ilene Armstrong – Ontario

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Ilene on Kris’ Iconic Song

I JUST POSTED CASEY’S LAST RIDE, AND AS I LISTENED TO THIS SONG, I REALIZED THAT THIS IS THE SONG THAT MADE ME TAKE NOTICE OF THIS MAN THAT I’D NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE

I HEARD OTHERS SING FOR THE GOOD TIMES, SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN AND BOBBY MCGEE BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHO WROTE THEM.


I WAS DRAWN TO LISTEN TO THAT SONG AND PLAYED IT NUMEROUS TIMES.


THE WORDS AND ALL THOSE METAPHORS – I REALISED WHOEVER WROTE THAT SONG WAS A GENUIS. THEN, I LEARNED IT WAS KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, AND I WAS HOOKED AND NOW LISTEN TO EVERY WORD HE SINGS AND WRITES.


KRIS IS A GIFT TO ME. I TREASURE HIS SONGS. THEY ARE SPECIAL. I’VE NEVER HEARD SONGS LIKE HE WRITES. GENIUS.

GENUIS AND EASY TO LOOK AT.


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON DOES HAVE IT ALL.

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Additional Comments

Casey’s last ride is interpreted different at all stages of our lives. Think.of it: The passionate love that can never last a lifetime that comes before marriage, after a divorce, entering middle age and during seniorhood. This song is profound. I would say one of the most brilliant analogies ever – Lita Gidge Macasieb Wilcox

Once I heard “Help me make it through the Night “…. I was hooked from then on. His voice is mesmerizing, & he himself oozes charisma. Even as he ages (gracefully), he still has that certain charm that endears him to everyone. No one sings the songs he writes like The Man Himself – Joy Robins

His songs are stories. Anyone can sing them. He is the only one that can bring you into the story with him by way of his perfectly, purposeful lyrical nuances. – Amy Baldwin West

No hate, I thought the song was about a dog, until he drank a pint of bitters 🙂 – Patricia Sherwood Chance

Carson Annett Adds …

Always considered Casey, Duvalier and Darby (my nicknames), as 3 of his strongest lyrics, with Jody and Silver Tongued Devil honourably mentioned in the same breath – Then again, I can start a new list with almost ANY of his tunes ….. I have nicknames for every song by the way – Bobby, Pilgrim, Girl, Nowhere, Easy Lovin’, Jesse, Billy……on and on

Tom Ghent – the Final Word

Final word must go to Tom. “To me this song has always been such a sweet tragedy, written in the style of an old Anglican ballad. Love it….a real gem.”

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Casey’s Last Ride – Lyrics

Casey joins the hollow sound of silent people walking down
The stairway to the subway in the shadows down below;
Following their footsteps through the neon-darkened corridors
Of silent desperation, never speakin’ to a soul.
The poison air he’s breathin’ has the dirty smell of dying
‘Cause it’s never seen the sunshine and it’s never felt the rain.
But Casey minds the arrows and ignores the fatal echoes
Of the clickin’ of the turnstiles and the rattle of his chains.

“Oh!” she said. “Casey it’s been so long since I’ve seen you!”
“Here,” she said, “just a kiss to make a body smile. See …,” she said. “I’ve put on new stockings just to please you. Lord…,” she said. “Casey, can you only stay a while?”

Casey leaves the under-ground and stops inside the Golden Crown
For something wet to wipe away the chill that’s on his bone.
Seeing his reflection in the lives of all the lonely men
Who reach for any thing they can to keep from goin’ home.
Standin’ in the corner Casey drinks his pint of bitter
Never glancing in the mirror at the people passing by
Then he stumbles as he’s leaving, and he wonders if the reason
Is the beer that’s in his belly, or the tear that’s in his eye.

“Oh!” she said. “I suppose you seldom think about me.
“Now…,” she said, “now that you’ve a fam’ly of your own.
“Still…,” she said, “it’s so blessed good to feel your body –

‘Lord…,” she said. “Casey, it’s a shame to be alone.”

Kathy McGovern shared this version of the song with our Fan Group – Willie joins Kris

Song is one of my top five favorites. Nice to see and hear Willie join Kris. Wonderful harmony.

Rita Dudley Gren

Image is courtesy State Library Queensland

“Sour Grapes”

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Nowadays, there are accolades and acclaim when children excel in the arts. Parents beam with pride, teachers and trainers line up to tell us how it happened on national tv. It wasn’t always like that.

Truth be told – there is a long tradition of children and young people writing and performing their music without any fuss at all. Kris Kristofferson wrote his first song, I Hate Your Ugly Face when he was eleven. I don’t know when Tom Ghent wrote his first song, but this one from his teens, Sour Grapes, has everything that I love in a tune. From the mouths of babes, huh?

Listen Up

Where’d THAT Come From?

Best to let the artist tell it himself.

I wrote this song when I was 15… It falls somewhere between an anti-love song, and a protest song…. I really don’t know why, but by the mid-60s a whole bunch of folk singers had this as part of their “sing-along” repertoire….My late great friend, Hamilton Camp, is singing along with me on this cut, and Mama Cass put it out on 2 of her LPs in the early 70s….. Go figure !!!

Tom Ghent

Lyrics

When no more raindrops can fall from the sky,
All the mighty oceans have gone and are dry,
And the summer sun’s just as cold as the snow,
That’s when I’ll love you, baby,
That’s how you’ll know

Chorus

Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?

Now when every generation of children has grown and when all of man’s ideals have been overthrown and when the seeds of life are no longer being sown I will – that’s when I’ll need you, baby,
and call you my own

Chorus

 Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?

When just one key can open each and every door,
Yes, and when God and Mother don’t mean nothin’ anymore,
When there’s no fightin’ on any foreign shore – Ah well
That’s when you’ll know that I want you back once more

Chorus

 Oh, but I'm only saying all this to make you feel bad
You could have been the best love that I've ever had
And then one day you turned your back on me
And it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me, don't ya
see?
 it's sour grapes a-talkin' 'cause you hurt me,  don't ya
see?
 

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Kristofferson and Ghent 1986

Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Stagecoach, Blood and Orchids and the Last days of Jesse James were released, the miniseries Amerika was in production. The album, Repossessed, hit the stores. Kris Kristofferson was as busy in 1986 as he is today.

Moments that Matter

Life is made up of many moments. Even in 1986, Kris kept some time aside for himself, his friends, fellow songwriters and performers.

Kristofferson and Ghent (who wrote the song Whiskey, Whiskey which Kris recorded) had a surprise encounter.

Kris Kristofferson, Tom Ghent and John Lincoln Wright 1986

Courtesy Tom Ghent

This was taken backstage at a bandshell concert in Webster Ma. in 1986…..
Much to everyone’s surprise and delight, Kris had walked out on stage and joined me as I was singing “Whiskey Whiskey” In this photo, I have just introduced him to the late John Lincoln Wright who was sharing the bill with me.

Tom Ghent – Facebook post

Rita Coolidge Whiskey, Whiskey

I was really surprised many years ago, when I opened Billboard and saw a two page ad for the release of Rita’s single of my song “Whiskey Whiskey”

Tom Ghent

The song appeared on Rita’s 1972 album, The Lady’s Not For Sale. Priscilla Coolidge and Booker T Jones perform My Crew, on the same album.

1972. Tom Ghent’s Whiskey, Whiskey on Rita Coolidge’s album