Back on the old Banjo-Lee

(Tony Lawrie)

The song is a humorously simple 1-4-5 chord progression in G using Verse Chorous format in the country style song that contrasts the fortunes of an amateur busking banjo player to the great bands, performers, and musicians in history.

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Now there's been some mean banjo players That everyone wants to hear and see! There's J D Crowe There's Don Reno And good ol' Ralph Stanley But nobody wants to hear me play Cos I play so miserably When I'm playin' the banjo The ol' banjo-lee! (Chorous) Yes I'm back on the banjo Back on the ol' banjo-lee My strummin's bad My pickin's sad And I'm always singin' out of key I busk on cold street corners And people only tip on sympathy Now I'm back on the banjo Back on the ol' banjo-lee Now Rock Stars play in stadiums And charge millions for a fee I busk on cold street corners And my tips sum 50p Nobody comes to hear me play Cos' my playin's a real misery When I'm playin the banjo The ol' banjo-lee (Chorous Again) Now the Beatles had their 'Fab Four And Cream their Famous Three The Everly's we're a Dynamic Duo And Tiny Tim had his Ukulele But all I've got is this ol' banjo This ol' banjo and me When I'm playin' the banjo The ol' banjo-lee (Chorous Again) Now Beathoven had an entire Orchastra To perform every symphony With violins and woodwinds That could number fifty three But I've got no one to perform with Cos' I play and sing so miserably When I playin' the banjo The ol' banjo-lee (Chorous Again) Now BB King had his Lucille And Jerry-Lee his Painoforte And the Bird had his Saxophone And made it sing in any key But all I've got is this ol' banjo And I can only play it in G When I'm playin the banjo The ol' banjo-lee (Chorous Again) Now Slowhand he wrote Layla And The Who wrote I'm Free And The Stones wrote Satisfaction And they've all gone down in history But all I've wrote XX XXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXXX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXX XX XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX X XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XX XXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX X XXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXX X XXX XXXXXX XXXX X XXX X XXXX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XX XXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXX X XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XX XXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXX X X XXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXXXX XX XXXX XX XXXX XXX X XXXX XX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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