This post was originally published here on the Blind Pig in September 2008.
For this week's Pickin' & Grinnin' In The Kitchen Spot, I have a song about a Grandfather's Clock to share with you.
The song tells the story of a man who received a clock on the day he was born. The clock stayed with him throughout his life-seeming to mark the important events. In return for faithful service, the clock only asked to be wound once a week. After 90 years of keeping perfect time, the clock stopped short on the day the man died-never to go again.
The song was written in 1876 by Henry Clay Work. He wrote the song about a clock at a hotel in England. The hotel was said to be owned by 2 brothers by the name of Jenkins. The clock kept perfect time-until one of the brothers died. Local clockmakers tried to fix the clock-but all attempts failed. When the second brother died-witnesses claimed the clock stopped working completely.
Hope you enjoyed the song. I especially like the "chiming" of the guitar.
I've never lived in a house with a Grandfather Clock. The Deer Hunter's Aunt Wanda has one-when I visit her at Christmas-I find myself listening to the ticks and the chimes. Aunt Wanda says she couldn't imagine not hearing the clock-it just wouldn't be right. Funny how we become accustomed to sounds-never really noticing them until they're gone.