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MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK
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HENRY CLAY WORK COMPOSED "MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK" IN 1876.

  HE WAS TOLD A STORY ABOUT TWO OLD BROTHERS WHO HAD DIED A SHORT TIME APART.  THEIR OLD GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK HAD QUIT RUNNING COMPLETELY WHEN THE  LAST ELDERLY BROTHER DIED. 

THIS  LITTLE  QUAINT MYSTERY INTRIGUED THE LYRICIST.  HE
COMPOSED THE LYRICS AND FITTING MUSIC SCORE FOR
"MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK."
BURL IVES RECORDED "MY GRANDFATER'S CLOCK" ALONG WITH DOZENS OF OTHER STORYLINE SONGS.  HE LOVED CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS SONGS, AND MADE MANY CHRISTMAS ALBUMS.  HE HAD
WALLS FILLED WITH MUSIC AWARDS
FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF SUCCESS.

BURL IVES EARNED AN ACADEMY AWARD FOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN THE FILM
"THE BIG COUNTRY." 

HE WAS A VERY PRONOUNCED SPEAKER AND ORATOR, AND LOVED TO TELL STORIES.

BURL ICLE  IVANHOE IVES WAS BORN ON
FLAG DAY, JUNE 14, 1909,   IN ILLINOIS.  HE
WAS DESTINED TO BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER;
OR SO HE WAS TOLD.  AFTER THREE YEARS AT EASTERN STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE, HE WALKED OUT OF THE DORM ONE DAY.  HE DIDN'T EVEN TAKE HIS CLOTHES OR MEAGER POSSESSIONS.  JUST GONE.

HE HITCHIKED ACROSS COUNTRY DOING THE THING HE REALLY WANTED TO DO: LEARN FOLK SONGS. 
HE TALKED TO MINERS, COWBOYS, HOBOS, AND
EVEN EVANGELISTS!  HE FUFILLED HIS MUSIC
DREAM AND DID IT WELL FOR SIX DECADES
AS A SINGER AND MUSICIAN.

MR. BURL IVES DIED APRIL 14, 1995.