Digital Rare Single: Johnny Cash Working Legend

by Melanie

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    This is a rare CD single.
    Oh this garage which is in my wardrobe, is sort of like the one in the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. We go to another land. It was Nashville before Nashville became cool. I was asked to appear on the Johnny Cash show. There were no long-haired hippie's in the south yet. The two worlds had not collided ..yet. I was the scout that went ahead.
    And for a girl from New York, I felt even more foreign and out of place than I did in Europe. I already had chart records in Paris England ,the Netherlands ,Germany.
    But I had never even been to ...THE SOUTH! And here I was on the Johnny Cash show with baby June Carter and all the other Carters. With the hair and hair spray. They were still living in the day of the doos. The guys had Elvis hair. Hair symbolized so much, hence the musical,HAIR. Baby June and the rest of the Carter's sniffed me(no hairspray).
    And wondered what I was doing there. And even more curious was the fact that I didn't have that sexy girl flow, had my underwear on but under developed social graces.
    Most people thought ,I 'd hear time after time that I was aloof. My introversion and quietness (inspired by fear ) misinterpreted for snobby. It was not a great scenario for making friends. Peter had to make friends for me~ but I don't think he did very well in the 60s SOUTH . He had long hair. One thing was for sure Johnny Cash was "the man". No one told him what to do.
    When he first looked at me I sensed he was looking at a different species or a bug. Then I detected a slight "oh it's a she"!baby June did not miss that and kept her eye on the ball.
    Then, I was a bit of a pitch freak. He seemed to sing in several keys at once. He modulated during our take without telling me he was going to do that. The whole band just followed right along. I used a capo.
    Now they have these clever little capos that role up so you could instantly modulate without taking off the capo and putting it back on a Fret up, which is near impossible in the middle of a song and I didn't play enough guitar to change the key by changing the cords!
    I came off from that dress rehearsal exasperated and began venting as I walked toward my dressing room still wearing the MICROPHONE, still on, so that the world of the Johnny Cash show could hear me, including Johnny Cash himself. A stage manager came running in with Peter making the universal shush sign. I was horrified and embarrassed. I would need to apologize when I saw him for the next run through.
    But as we took our places he just looked at me and smiled, he knew. He knew that I didn't yet know his 'style.'
    That left such an impression on me, he had such a strong beingness.
    He stopped looking at me as if I were a bug and with the knowingness that I was just a frightened little girl, with a really loud voice .I later recorded a song which I had written previously as a song about myself ,in tribute to Johnny Cash and the tremendous impression he left on me.
    Beau Jarred took the footage from the Johnny cash TV show ,extracting Johnny Cash's comments as they were spoken on that show. These are included in the recording.
    He lived for love , cried for love , died for love and lived.
    I now live in Nashville but I'm never home!
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    Tribute to Johnny Cash.
    * Working Legend
    Two bonus songs:
    Baby Guitar
    Silver Threads and Golden Needles

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Oh this garage which is in my wardrobe, is sort of like the one in the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe. We go to another land. It was Nashville before Nashville became cool. I was asked to appear on the johnny cash show. There were no long-haired hippie's in the south yet. The two worlds had not collided ..yet.I was the scout that went ahead.

And for a girl from New York, I felt even more foreign and out of place than I did in Europe .I already had chart records in Paris England ,the Netherlands ,Germany.

But I had never even been to ...THE SOUTH! And here I was on the Johnny Cash show with baby June Carter And all the other Carter's. With the hair and hair spray. They were still living in the day of the doos. The guys still had Elvis hair. Hair symbolized so much hence the musical,HAIR. Baby June and the rest of the Carter's sniffed me(no hairspray)

And wondered what I was doing there. And even more curious was the fact that I didn't have that sexy girl flow,Had my underwear on but under developed social graces.

Most people thought ,I 'd hear time after time that I was aloof. My introversion and quietness (inspired by fear )misinterpreted for snobby. It was not a great scenario for making friends. Peter had to make friends for me~ but I don't think he did very well in the 60s SOUTH . He had long hair. One thing was for sure Johnny Cash was "the man"no one told him what to do.

When he first looked at me I sensed he was looking at a different species or a bug. Then I detected a slight "oh it's a she"!baby June did not miss that and kept her eye on the ball.

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released February 21, 2017

He is just a working legend
And it takes up all his nights
He’s given up on happy endings
But not without a fight

He propped himself up on gagged edges
Fell into the dark abyss
And he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
And died for love and lived

He loved with wild abandon
He was careless with his life
He had to lose more than one heartache
If he was to survive

On that night he stood stage centre
He still had it all to give
And he lived for love
He cried for love
And died for love and lived

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

He’s the hero in this song
Gives us strength to carry on
He died for love and he’s still here

He the proof, pass it on
Got to get through before you’re done
He lived for love and lived

On that night he played The Ryman
When everyone but me had gone
In that darkened room I heard him sing
When he thought he was alone

He sang don’t you be afraid to love
Don’t you be afraid to give
‘Cause first you live for love
You cry for love
You die for love and live

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

And I lived for love
Lived for love
Cried for love
I died for love and lived

I’m still here

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Melanie Nashville, Tennessee

Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song. Nobody does this better.
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Track Name: Working Legend
He is just a working legend
And it takes up all his nights
He’s given up on happy endings
But not without a fight

He propped himself up on gagged edges
Fell into the dark abyss
And he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
And died for love and lived

He loved with wild abandon
He was careless with his life
He had to lose more than one heartache
If he was to survive

On that night he stood stage centre
He still had it all to give
And he lived for love
He cried for love
And died for love and lived

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

He’s the hero in this song
Gives us strength to carry on
He died for love and he’s still here

He the proof, pass it on
Got to get through before you’re done
He lived for love and lived

On that night he played The Ryman
When everyone but me had gone
In that darkened room I heard him sing
When he thought he was alone

He sang don’t you be afraid to love
Don’t you be afraid to give
‘Cause first you live for love
You cry for love
You die for love and live

Yes, he lived for love
He cried for love
He died for love and lived

And I lived for love
Lived for love
Cried for love
I died for love and lived

I’m still here